I know that all of us Cubans who left our homeland because of the communist revolution have a story. Many of the stories sound pretty much the same, but of course, the details are slightly different and oh-so-very personal.
As I read over your comments on the last post, I could almost tangibly feel the pain and loss of each individual.
It doesn't escape my notice that every single one of you remembers the exact date of your departure from Cuba. Some wounds never quite completely heal.
Here are the stories I've collected so far: Cuando Sali de Cuba – stories of courage and hope.
However, the gift of the film Cubamerican is that the stories that are told are of both loss and triumph. Having arrived here not knowing the customs or the language, we Cubans managed not just to survive, but to thrive. All the stories are fascinating and beautiful and resound with gratitude to this amazing nation that opened its arms to us exiles. It's a beautiful thing.
I have chosen 2 winners for the newly released DVD, Cubamerican. Here's how I choose:
- I take the number of entries and plug that number into the True Random Number Generator at Random.org.
- I count the entries until I reach the number that appears.
- I take a screen shot of the winner's answer and post it here.
The winners of the Cubamerican DVDs are:
Please send me an email with HEY, MARTA! I WON STUFF ON YOUR BLOG! in the subject line. Include your mailing address and we will ship the DVD to you ASAP.
Thanks to all of you who entered this giveaway for sharing your stories with me. I will be doing another in the coming days.
If you haven't already purchased one, I still think you need to own a copy of this fabulous documentary. Here's the link: Cubamerican DVD.
I'm extremely grateful to the generous folks at Cubamerican for making all of this possible.