"Saving Elian, produced by Ofra Bikel, explores the deeper meaning of the bitter battle over Elian Gonzalez. With footage from both Miami and Cuba and interviews with participants and observers on both sides of the fight, the documentary widens the scope of the controversy. It goes beyond Elian's father, his Miami relatives, and the court procedures that were at the center of so much media attention during the boy's seven-month stay in America. Instead, it examines the political and psychological impetus behind the battle for Elian and the emotions and motivations of those who influenced the outcome." FRONTLINE PROGRAM: Saving Elian AIRDATE: February 6, 2001 Written, Produced and Directed by Ofra Bikel www.pbs.org In this excerpt, Bernardo Benes recalls his involvement in secret meetings between the United States and Cuban governments resulting in the release of hundreds of Cuban political prisoners in 1978. For his involvement in these meetings Benes was targeted by militant Cuban exiles in Miami. Details of these secret meetings and Benes' story have been fully documented in "Secret Missions to Cuba" by Robert M. Levine. books.google.com
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