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

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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

Container List

Series XVI: The Marielitos, 1982

Scope and Content Note

Released in 1983, The Marielitos (  Los Marielitos) tells the story of Cubans who left the island from the port of Mariel in 1980. In the documentary, Estela Bravo interviews individuals living in Miami who were part of the Mariel boatlift two years after their arrival in the United States. She talks with them about their expectations for life in the United States and their experiences since their arrival.

Historical/Biographical Note

In the wake of an economic downturn in 1980, approximately 10,000 Cubans tried to leave Cuba and seek asylum in the Peruvian embassy. As a result, the Cuban government announced that anyone who wanted to leave the country could do so. In a joint agreement between the United States and Cuba, some 125,000 refugees left the Cuban port of Mariel bound for the United States in what came to be known as the Mariel Boatlift. Cubans who traveled to the US as part of the boatlift came to be known as Marielitos.

Estela Bravo's documentary about the boatlift, The Marielitos, won the International Organization of Journalists 1st Prize at the 1984 Leipzig Film Festival and a Patria Society Award at the Moscow Film Festival.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 96 DVD : ref1297 Los Marielitos

Scope and Contents

This video contains a complete version of the documentary Los Marielitos.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: Umatic. Duration: 00:59:00.


circa 1982
Reel: ref2169 Los Marielitos
1982
Box: 61 Cassette : ref973 Los Marielitos, "Spanish, Cassette #24" - Possible full-length feature
circa 1982
Box: 45 Cassette : ref974 Los Marielitos, "English, Cassette #23 DV #5" Possible full-length feature
circa 1982
Box: 57 Cassette : ref1298 Los Marielitos, "Spanish, no subtitles" Possible full-length feature
circa 1982
Box: 21 Cassette : 444 Doraida Familia en Oficina de Church World Service

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: Betacam. Duration: 00:19:06.

Scope and Content Note

This video contains two interviews. The first interview is with a woman watching a previously recorded interview of her son who is in the United States. She then discusses the impact of their separation on the family and records a response to his message. The second interview is with the Doraida family whose son had recently arrived in Miami by boat. They discuss how long they had been separated and their anticipated feelings about their upcoming reunion.


circa 1990s
Box: 83 DVD : ref692 (Moving Images [31142062673127]) Footage: Scenes of Camp Mosquito Marielitos

Historical/Biographical Note

El Mosquito was a holding area for Cubans waiting to join the Mariel boatlift.

Footage: Scenes of Camp Mosquito Marielitos   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/tam_616.xml&view=xml

circa 1982
Box: Electronic Records
Box: 82 DVD : ref566 Footage - Families of rafters, Church World Service

Scope and Content Note

In this footage Estela Bravo interviews a number of individuals in Miami, beginning with one family awaiting a recently arrived relative from Cuba. They discuss their reasons for leaving Cuba and their lives in the United States. Bravo then interviews others who talk about leaving Cuba and being separated from their families. These interviews most likely occur at a Church World Service location.

A second portion of the video contains an interview with Alfredo Colon, a clinical social worker, at Jackson Memorial Medical Hospital. He discusses the medical services provided to the Cubans at his hospital. There are also background scenes at the hospital.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: Umatic. Duration: 00:48:00.

circa 1982
Box: 82 DVD : ref591 Interview with Dominicans in New York City

Scope and Content Note

This is footage of an on-the-street interview of three Dominicans. Estela Bravo speaks with them, in Spanish, about various topics including the Reagan administration and the experience of the Spanish-speaking population in New York. They are very critical of Reagan and his policies, which they call "anti-Latin." They talk about the economic recession in the United States, lack of representation, lack of support for poor communities, and the difficulty of uniting Latin Americans in the United States because they come from so many different countries. They address other concerns, including the difficulty of organizing for more rights because they are too busy working at low wage jobs. Bravo asks their opinions about American policies on Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras. They also discuss how the United States addresses problems such as drug addiction and violence.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: Umatic. Duration: 00:21:21.

circa 1980s

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