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Winner, Junior Jury Award

How could a five-year-old boy transform America? When a Cuban boy named Elián Gonzalez was plucked from the Florida Straits on Thanksgiving Day 1999, he set in motion a chain of events that has changed the course of history. With unprecedented access to Elián, his family, and key players in his story, ELIÁN uses one boy’s remarkable journey to plot the path to a crucial election in the United States and empower the Cuban-American exile community in Florida. ELIÁN is an indelible reminder of the complicated path to rapprochement between Cuba and the U.S.

In English and Spanish with English Subtitles

In Person:  Director Tim Golden, Producer Trevor Birney

  • Genre

    Biography, Coming of Age, Documentary, Historical Interest, Immigration, Law Enforcement, Media, Politics, Latino Interest, Feature Film

  • Runtime

    108 min.

  • Section

    Documentary Feature

  • Release Year


  • Director

    Tim Golden, Ross McDonnell

  • Producer

    Trevor Birney EXEC PRODUCERS: Alex Gibney, Amy Entelis (CNN Films), Kate Townsend (BBC Storyville), Mary Callery (Irish Film Board), Andrew Reid (Northern Ireland Screen), Greg Phillips (Content Media), Jonathan Ford (Content Media), Maiken Baird, Brendan J. Byrne, Richard Perello, Stacey Offman

  • Country

    UK (Northern Ireland) / USA / IRELAND / CANADA