Voices From Mariel Featured in Centro Tampa

Posted by Virginia Celoria on Apr 11, 2013 in Latest, Press | 0 comments


For Myriam Silva-Warren CENTRO Tampa

Todo empezo hace 33 anos en abril de 1980 cuando 10,000 cubanos irrumpieron en la Embajada del Peru, en La Habana solicitando asilo.

Todo con el fin de abandonar la isla para buscar la libertad.

No solo los que estaban en la embajada salieron, miles tarn­bien lo dejaron todo y fueron embarcados a traves del Puer­to del Mariel, en Cuba.

‘Pise suelo americano en mayo 18 (de 1980). Estaba tan malita y flaca’, recordo Patsy Feliciano, directora de la Ofi­cina de Diversidad e Inclusion de la Universidad del Sur de la Florida, quien entonces tenia 13 anos.

Feliciano habia llegado a la Florida tras una larga travesia y haber sido rescatada, junto a su familia, por el bote Vigorous… (read more at Centro Tampa).

PSC Presents “Voices from Mariel” And Filmmaker Jose Garcia April 12

Posted by Virginia Celoria on Apr 3, 2013 in Interviews, Latest, Showings | 0 comments

Dr. Jose Garcia will be featured on an upcoming edition of Pensacola State’s Annual Film & Discussion Series in April.

Pensacola State College’s Black History/Multicultural Committee and the Cuban American Association present the movie, “Voices From Mariel,” followed by guest speaker Jose Garcia, a survivor of the Mariel Boatlift and the filmmaker/producer who provided the story concept.

The free event is open to the public at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, in the Hagler Auditorium, Building 2, Room 252, on the Pensacola campus. There will be a book signing after the movie and lecture. Books and DVD copies of the movie will be available for purchase.

In addition Dr. Garcia will also be interviewed for a program that airs on WSRE TV. WSRE is the PBS affiliate for the Gulf Coast.

For more information, call 850-484-1759 or 850-484-1437.

University of Tampa Lectures

Posted by Virginia Celoria on Mar 25, 2013 in Latest | 0 comments

On November 7, 2013, Dr. Jose Garcia will be presenting two lectures to students and faculty of the University of Tampa. In these lectures, Dr. Garcia will discuss the events and political environment in Cuba that led to the boatlift as well as provide a first-hand account of the immigrant experience in the U.S. from the perspective of a participant of the 1980 Mariel Boatlift.

Madrid International Film Festival

Posted by Virginia Celoria on Mar 25, 2013 in Film, Front, Latest, Showings | 0 comments

Madrid International Film Festival

Voices From Mariel has been selected for the Madrid International Film Festival. The festival is held July 1 – 6, 2013. Voices From Mariel has been nominated for awards in two categories: Best Editing of a Feature Documentary and Best Feature Documentary. The film’s creator, Dr. Jose Garcia, will be in attendance.

About the Madrid International Film Festival

The Madrid International Film Festival is an international film event to celebrate film making whilst bringing together film makers and the business of film making, from the smallest independent film maker to the most popular English and foreign language films and is open to all film genres.

An inventive selection that is neither too traditional nor too sophisticated, a selection that is the most international in the world, open to all film types and yet never forgetting our over-riding passion- that of the love of film, a selection that is attentive to the arrival of new generations and which combines all the necessary conditions for the films to be hosted and honoured in the great tradition of film makers around the world.

VFM on Nat Geo Mundo

Posted by Virginia Celoria on Mar 25, 2013 in Front, Latest, Showings | 0 comments

VFM on Nat Geo Mundo

Voices From Mariel will have its television premiere in Spanish on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. and will re-air at the same time on April 11. It will be shown on Fox’s Nat Geo Mundo network. Channels are Direct TV (435), Verizon Fios (1564), Cox (419), Dish Network (861). The film was edited from its original format to fit one-hour programming and will be shown in the United States as well as the Caribbean territories.

If you would like to own a copy of the uncut, theatrical version of Voices From Mariel with additional footage and interviews, click here.

Spring 2012 College Tour

Posted by Laura on Jan 20, 2012 in Film, Showings | 0 comments

Spring 2012 College Tour

We are excited to announce that Voices From Mariel is on a college and university tour during the Spring 2012 semester. There are many dates still available for booking.

Dr. Garcia will accompany the tour to discuss his experiences as a Marielito and current Cuban issues with students. To view the film trailer, click here.

For more information on the film and to schedule a screening, please contact us at or 863.688.4505.

There are no screening fees for schools who cover travel costs for Dr. Garcia and allow DVD sales at the event.

For more information, download the following PDF publication:


University of Miami Screening

Posted by James Carleton on Oct 31, 2011 in Cuba, Update | 0 comments


On October 27, Dr. Garcia spent the evening showing Voices From Mariel and speaking to students at the University of Miami.

Montclair State University Screening

Posted by James Carleton on Oct 11, 2011 in Press, Uncategorized, Update | 0 comments

Dr. Garica during his recent visit to Montclair State University


This past Monday, Voices From Mariel was screened at Montclair State University as part of Dr. Garcia’s college tour.  Dr. Garcia was able to spend some quality time with students, during a question and answer period following the screening.  Here are some comments from Dr. Linda Gould Levine, Chair of Spanish and Italian Department of Montclair State University, in follow up to the showing.

Dear José,

Thank you so much for such an interesting and inspirational evening.  It was such a pleasure for us  to host the screening of Voices from Mariel and your question and answer session with the audience.  Your passion, sincerity, and careful reflections about the questions raised by our students created such a connection between you and the audience that I am sure they all left the event a little bit smarter and informed and very much moved by your experience.

Upcoming Theatrical Release and Screenings

Posted by James Carleton on Aug 30, 2011 in Cuba, Press, Showings, Update | 0 comments

Upcoming Theatrical Release and Screenings



Voices From Mariel will screen as part of the Alexandria Film Festival on November 6 at 4:30 p.m.


Alexandria Film Festival Location

George Washington Masonic Memorial

101 Callahan Drive

Alexandria, VA 22301



College Tour


University of South Florida

November 10

7:00 p.m.

Marshall Center, Oval Theater


Florida Atlantic University

November 15


Palm Beach State College

November 18



Jersey Shore Film Festival Screening

Posted by James Carleton on Jul 20, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The screening time for ‘Voices From Mariel’ at the Jersey Shore Film Festival has been announced.  It is scheduled to be screened on Sunday, July 31, at 11:45 a.m.  You can purchase tickets in advance by going to the festival website.  If you are in the Jersey area, please make an effort to come and see this important piece of work.