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“Operation Pedro Pan: The Cuban Children’s Exodus” Documentary Film Viewing
October 12 @ 7:00 pm
Middlesex Community College invites you to the Connecticut screening of Operation Pedro Pan: The Cuban Children’s Exodus, the highly-acclaimed documentary film illustrating the story of 14,048 unaccompanied Cuban refugee children who arrived in the United States between December 1960 and October 1962, in the largest recorded child refugee movement in the Western Hemisphere. Our very own Dr. Victor Triay, MxCC professor of history for more than twenty-six years, was the first person to write a book about this important historical event and is featured as the film’s primary historian. Dr. Triay’s book about Operation Pedro Pan was his first of several publications centered on Castro-era Cuban exiles.
Operation Pedro Pan: The Cuban Children’s Exodus, directed by Carlos Gutiérrez, is a production of Operation Pedro Pan Group, Inc.’s Historic Committee in collaboration with the HistoryMiami Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate. The documentary is based on research undertaken for the HistoryMiami/Operation Pedro Pan Group’s 2015-2016 exhibit of the same name, which was the recipient of the American Association for State and Local History’s Award of Merit in 2016.
The film will be followed by a roundtable discussion featuring:
Dr. Carlos Eire, T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale University and author of the National Book Award-winning, Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy (Simon and Schuster, 2003), which details his experience as a Pedro Pan child.
Carmen Valdivia, executive producer of Operation Pedro Pan: The Cuban Children’s Exodus and past president of Operation Pedro Pan Group, Inc.
Carmen Romañach, past president of Operation Pedro Pan Group, Inc., and current vice president.
Dr. Victor A. Triay, Professor of History, Middlesex Community College and author of Fleeing Castro: Operation Pedro Pan and the Cuban Children’s Program (University Press of Florida, 1998).