The Caribbean Alcatraz

True story about a Cuban political prisoner (George Duarte) during the Castro Regime who was imprisoned purely for trying to flee Cuba and be a free man. George was a good man, who was never a criminal, yet he was imprisoned for over 10 years, endured inhumane circumstances, and was constantly knocked down. George’s chronicles are filled with repeated failures that could easily break a strong man’s most passionate dreams. His entire life was taken from him; his family, friends, home, and freedom. This is a true story of a man who lost everything, yet his self-belief ultimately led him to triumph.

  • The Hyphenate
  • The Hyphenate
  • Lizette Duarte
  • The Hyphenate
  • George Duarte
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    23 minutes 23 seconds
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    500 USD
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    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - The Hyphenate

The Hyphenate started filming videos with his mom's camcorder at the age of 10 and by the time he was 12 he decided he was going to become a filmmaker.

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Director Statement

This documentary was a passion project that was slowly worked on over the course of several years with no budget. When I met George Duarte and heard his story, I was instantly inspired and motivated to help share it with the world.