World Premiere Today for Lost Son of Havana, Documentary on Baseball Great Luis Tiant

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Lost Son of Havana, a documentary on Luis Tiant’s return to his home country after a 46-year absence, will be screened today at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film, produced by Kris Meyer and the Farrelly brothers, and directed by Jonathan Hock, is “an intimate social history that evokes the heartache millions have endured when politics or war have separated them from their native lands and the ones they love.”

Lost Son of Havana follows Tiant from his home in Southborough, MA, to the desolate streets of Havana, where “he is jolted by the anguish and sorrow of the impoverished family and friends he last saw in 1961 after Fidel Castro’s violent rise to power.”

“I have to go to Cuba before I die,” he says as the movie opens. “That is going to complete my life.”

The colorful and larger-than-life Tiant had a stellar major league baseball career as a starting pitcher playing for the Cleveland Indians (1964-1969), Minnesota Twins (1970), Boston Red Sox (1971-1978), New York Yankees (1979-80), Pittsburgh Pirates (1981) and California Angels (1982). He retired from Major League Baseball in 1982 after a 19-year pitching career that compares favorably to those of several Hall of Famers.

I love El Tiante, which explains why there are so many links following. . .

For more on the film go to http://thephoenix.com/Providence/RecRoom/81323-Luiss-Lost-Years/

and http://www.nydailynews.com/latino/2009/04/15/2009-04-15_luis_tiants_emotional_return_to_cuba_on_film.html

and also http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2009/04/15/old_haunts_haunting_to_tiant/

The photo above originally appeared at http://www.stogieguys.com/2007/08/08222007-cigar-insider-luis-tiant-of-el-tiante-cigars.html

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