"Voices From Mariel" A Trip Back in Time for Lakeland Professor

Jose Garcia
Jose Garcia, right, during visit to Cuba
TAMPA (2011-10-14) -

A new documentary is making the rounds at film festivals around the country. "Voices From Mariel" is a trip back into the childhood of Jose Garcia. He's now a professor at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, but in 1980, he was a 13-year-old fleeing Cuba for a new life.

His father was accused of being a counter-revolutionary and Garcia's family took the first opportunity to flee the country.

Discontented with political and economic oppression, 125,000 Cubans fled their homes through the port of Mariel and sailed to Florida. Thirty years later, one Marielito risked returning home to a country that rejected him to reconnect with friends and loved ones he left behind and to see once again the land of his birth.

WUSF's Steve Newborn talks with Professor Garcia and one of his fellow Marielitos, Patsy Feliciano, who directs diversity and inclusion at USF. "Voices From Mariel" will be shown at the Orlando Film Festival Oct. 20th and 21st.

To hear the full, uncut interview with Professor Garcia and Patsy Feliciano, click on the "Listen to Full Audio" icon below.

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