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The Last Rafter

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After risking his life crossing the Florida Straits on a raft, a young Cuban searches Miami for his missing father. When a political shift makes him America’s first Cuban undocumented immigrant, he must battle the new and bigger fear of deportation, while trying to find where he really belongs.


Director(s): Carlos Rafael Betancourt and Oscar Ernesto Ortega
Year:  2020
Length: 82 min
Country: United States
Notable Festivals: Yes, Miami International Film Festival and is selected for the Dallas International Film Festival



Carlos Rafael Betancourt and Oscar Ernesto Ortega developed a common voice as they created El Central, one of the first production companies in Cuba, with award winning titles like La Isla de Corcho, winner of the Ibero-American contest Cinergia, and the NYCIFF and IFQ Festival in the US. While Oscar relocated with El Central to Miami, Carlos moved to Los Angeles to pursue graduate studies in film, becoming the first Cuban Directing Fellow at the American Film Institute. Carlos’ AFI Thesis Film, Running Shadow played at NALIP, Skins Fest, Red Nation Film Festival, Catalina Film Festival, Worldfest Houston, LA Diversity Film Festival, among others.

Carlos and Oscar joined forces one more time to write and direct their first feature film, The Last Rafter (2020), a very personal film that mines from their immigrant experience. The film premiered at the Miami Film Festival.