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Reshipment

Untold thousands of Haitians traveled to Cuba in the early 20th century to find work; this hourlong documentary chronicles their mass immigration and its subsequent impact on Cuban culture. Director Gloria Rolando cuts between interviews with historians and the children and grandchildren of immigrants, striking a nice balance between the personal and the societal and giving the history lesson a strong melancholy undercurrent. Whereas many immigrants were were deemed unfit to work and repatriated, Rolando states that many others were unable to return home for political reasons. Those who stayed passed on feelings of homesickness to their offspring, feelings that remain central to Cuba's Haitian community today. In subtitled French and Spanish.

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