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Saving Elian (#1909)

On November 25, 1999, a five-year-old Cuban boy was plucked from the shark-infested waters off Florida, and what began as a Thanksgiving story soon erupted into a political and social firestorm that transfixed the nation and rocked Miami's Cuban-American community to its core. FRONTLINE examines the passion and purpose behind the battle over Elian Gonzalez and its effect on both the Miami community and the Cuban-American cause. With footage from Miami and Cuba, and interviews with participants and observers on both sides of the controversy, the documentary explores how one little boy became a metaphor for a 40-year struggle for the future of a nation. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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