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Guide to the Estela and Ernesto Bravo Film and Video Collection TAM.616

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-2596

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Jan Hilley, with the assistance of Heather Mulliner.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on July 27, 2022
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Heather Mulliner to include item-level description of 225 videos Edited by Amy C. Vo to include item-level description of 42 videos Edited by Jasmine Sykes-Kunk and Amy C. Vo to include item-level description of 32 videos Edited by Rachel Mahre to reflect digitization of videos Edited by Weatherly Stephan to reflect deaccession of moldy, digitized videos Updated by Anna Björnsson McCormick to record digitization, decontamination, isolation, and deaccession of videos treated by a vendor.  , December 2018 , May 2020 , October 2020 , February 2021 , June 2021 , July 2022

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Series XXVI: The Three Rafters, 1992

Scope and Content Note

The 1992 documentary The Three Rafters (  Tres Balseros) tells the story of two brothers and their cousin who left Cuba illegally on a raft to Miami. They did not tell anyone about their journey, and after a few months of living in the United States, they asked Cuba's representatives in the United States for permission to return. They were finally able to return to Cuba, and upon their arrival, they share their experiences with relatives who knew nothing of their travels to the United States. Footage from this documentary includes scenes from the three rafters' arrival in Cuba and possibly a full-length copy of the film.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 31 Cassette : ref675 (Video) Tres Balseros

Scope and Content Note

This video contains footage of three Cuban men returning to Cuba and greeting friends at family at an airport. The footage does not contain any audio, but features footage of the men speaking to the camera, and meeting with family after their arrival in Cuba.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: Umatic. Duration: 00:22:47.

Box: 95 DVD : ref675 (Moving Images [31142062673168])
Box: 98 DVD : ref1389 Three Rafters: Arrival at Airport

Scope and Contents

This video features footage of the three rafters arriving in Cuba. The footage shows them traveling through customs and then greeting their families. It features brief interviews with the men and their families. One man's mother says she is happy to have her son home because she was afraid he would never return. The men discuss their desire to return to Cuba once they were in the United States and what they hope to do with their futures after they have settled back into life in Cuba.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: Betacam. Duration: 00:22:58.

Box: 54 Cassette : ref1265 "Balseros de Jaime R; more campaign stuff"
Box: 54 Cassette : ref1266 "Cojimar, Jaime R, Jose Marti Airport"

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