Olympia Theater
174 E Flagler St, Miami, FL 33131

The Rafter

World Premiere


Country: USA
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Original Title: El Balsero

Running Time: 19min
Film Year: 2019
Category: IMDbPro Short Film Award

Based on the true story of the man widely believed to be the first Cuban refugee to arrive on U.S. shores on a homemade raft, “The Rafter” tells the incredible story of Reinaldo Cruz. Only 16 years old when he starts witnessing the violence and social unrest following the start of Fidel Castro’s government, Reinaldo makes the decision to leave his country, even if it means leaving his beloved sister and mother behind. Risking his life for another shot at freedom, he attempts a precarious journey to the U.S., crossing the sea on a simple raft made by himself.




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Director: Jose Navas
Producer: Jose Navas, Jokes Yanes
Screenwriter: Jose Navas, AllenPoncharoensub
Executive Producer: Jose Navas, Jorge Navas
Production Company: FlickHouse Studios

Music: Idanis Gallimore
Cinematographer: Jose Navas, Jokes Yanes
Editor: Jose Navas, Jokes Yanes

Cast: Jeffry Batista, Cristina Ortega, Guillermo Rodriguez, Madalin Merchant

Jose Navas

Jose Navas is a writer, director, and editor born in Nicaragua and raised in Miami, Florida. He holds a degree in Film from the Miami International University of Arts and Design. His feature documentary debut was Miami Our City (2016). “The Rafter” (2019) is his latest film.

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