90 Miles

About This Episode


90 Miles depicts the heartfelt story of a young boy and his family’s journey of immigration. Migrating to Miami in 1980 during the Mariel boat lift, Juan Carlos Zaldívar and his family deal with exile from Cuba, and the ambitions and disappointments of starting a new life in America. After his father’s dreams were destroyed by the Cuban Revolution, and later defeated by the ‘American Dream,’ Zaldívar struggles to understand his own father. Crossing borders, 90 Miles explores crossed family loyalties and cross-cultural turmoil. Despite all of his personal and family issues, Zaldívar presents his successes of moving to New York to become a filmmaker and his courage to come out as a gay man.

A co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB). A Diverse Voices Project Selection.