November 2014, Volume 18, Number 4

Cultural Spotlight

René Ramos and Orlando López
Before the screening, the real Pepito, Orlando López, right, visited with Wolfson Archives Director René Ramos.

A Moving Tribute to ‘Pepito’

Kevin Wynn and Orlando López
Kevin Wynn, left, interviewed López for his insights on the film.

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Lynn & Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at Miami Dade College presented The Plight of Pepito: Cuba’s Lost Generation, which revisited WTVJ’s 1961 news special that examined the rapidly growing community of Cuban exiles in Miami. The powerful documentary tells the story of this exile group through the eyes of 6-year-old Pepito as he and his parents sought shelter and support in their new homeland. In recounting their story, the film depicts the many challenges faced by this group of refugees.

During the screening at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus in October, the real Pepito, Orlando López, spoke about his participation in the show and shared his perspectives on his generation.


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