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Download the discussion guide for the documentary 90 Miles and use it for facilitating conversation about this film at home, in the classroom or at community screenings.

This guide is an invitation to dialogue. It is based on a belief in the power of human connection, designed for people who want to use this documentary to engage family, friends, classmates, colleagues and communities. In contrast to initiatives that foster debates in which participants try to convince others that they are right, this document envisions conversations undertaken in a spirit of openness in which people try to understand one another and expand their thinking by sharing viewpoints and listening actively. The discussion prompts are intentionally crafted to help a wide range of audiences think more deeply about the issues in the film. Rather than attempting to address them all, choose one or two that best meet your needs and interests. And be sure to leave time to consider taking action. Planning next steps can help people leave the room feeling energized and optimistic, even in instances when conversations have been difficult.

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Film Information

90 Miles (54 min.)

Premiere Date: July 29, 2003

Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmaker: Juan Carlos Zaldívar Bio | Interview | Statement


Juan Carlos Zaldívar
Juan Carlos Zaldívar

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Critical Acclaim

By avoiding the contentious politics that usually overwhelms most films on the subject, 90 Miles succeeds as a touching meditation on family, forgiveness and reconciliation.”

— Kevin McDonough,
United Features
July 29, 2003

“. . . a point of view and careful treatment . . . offer a very specific view of a country that has been so mythologized . . . and the controversial experience of the Cuban exile. . . . In every moment, Zaldívar attempts to understand the reasoning of those who left the country as well as . . . those who stayed behind.”

— Juan Fernando Merino,
El Diario/La Prensa (New York)
July 29, 2003

“One of the most interesting aspects of the documentary . . . is the identity crisis that Zaldívar’s father undergoes on both sides of the Florida Straits. . . . As Juan Carlos and his father negotiate their perceptions of the past and carve out their relationship in the present, we are reminded that choosing exile is not simply a finite act of traveling 90 miles to freedom.”

— Mia Leonin,
Miami New Times
July 24, 2003

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