Film: Roberto Rodríguez Díaz’s “Coro de Silencio”

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Roberto Rodríguez Díaz has been chosen to participate in the Havana Film Festival New York [15th Havana Film Festival New York] with his new film Coro de silencio [Choir of Silence]. Coro de silencio is based on an eponymous book on Operation Pedro Pan. The film will screen on April 8, 2014, 6:00pm, at New York University. This is the Cuban author’s first cinematic work. Rodríguez Díaz also presented the film at the recent San Juan Film Festival in Puerto Rico and the 35th Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana.

Directed by Roberto Rodríguez Díaz, Coro de silencio was edited by Yoesvel Llerena Suri and includes music by Cuban singer Richard D’Cabrera (with the themes “Salva vida” and “Lo cambiaría todo”).

Book description: Roberto Rodríguez’s Coro de silencio / Choir of Silence (2013) is a memoir of exile and life as a Cuban child brought to the United States under the auspices of the Operation Peter Pan project. The author writes: “These are my memories of Operation Peter Pan and exile. Operation Peter Pan was created by the CIA, Cuba, the Catholic Church, and the Diocese of Miami in 1960-1962, during which 14, 048 children were brought to live in the U.S. with the understanding that we would receive a Catholic school education. Nothing was further from the truth; upon arrival in Miami, we were taken to foster homes, orphanages, and reformatories for children with mental illnesses. Even worse, we were subjected to medication for long periods of time in order to erase our minds. This resulted in my not being able to retain anything, thus forcing me to abandon school. This long-term physical and mental damage inflicted on children—resulting in a loss of identity—was enormous; some survived and other preferred not to remember. I hope that my memoir will be read by other Peter Pan survivors and allow them to feel comfortable telling their stories as well, and not remain as a ‘choir of silence.’” [Also see previous post, New Book: Roberto Rodríguez’s “Coro de silencio” (Choir of Silence).]

For more information, you may write to corodesilencio@gmail.com

Also see the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Operacionpedropan?sk=timeline

5 thoughts on “Film: Roberto Rodríguez Díaz’s “Coro de Silencio”

  1. A totally selfish comment, which is not accurate. These were not my experiences whatsoever and i came in 1961 going to a boys home til 1962.

      1. Roberto hola soy la Hermana de raul mi nombere es Barbara si te recuerda tu me cuidava al nino mio papucho (Ricky) que yo trab ajaba en nursery de plantas llamame a este # 786 468 1972 / 954 832 6021

  2. “Expulsado del “foster home” (casa de acogida) que lo acogió por robar, falsificar las firmas de los “foster parents” (padres de crianza) con intención de cometer fraude, insolencia e irregularidades de índole sexual con otros niños varones en el hogar. De carácter afeminado, no se llevó nunca bien con los compañeros del campamento de Opa Locka. Inmaduro, se ponía histérico cuando le llevaban la contraria y se refugiaba en la enfermería, de donde se veían obligados sacarlo a la fuerza. Desobediente e irrespetuoso, violó muchas de las normas de conducta del campamento. Salió de sus predios sin autorización en varias ocasiones. Amenazó a los padres de crianza que lo expulsaron del hogar en cuatro ocasiones, viéndose obligadas a intervenir las autoridades. Suspendido del colegio católico Monsignor Edward Pace High School de Miami por actos lascivos en público. Fue internado en un hospital psiquiátrico privado para menores de Victoria, TX, por defecto mental, trastornos de personalidad y desórdenes de índole sexual, donde permaneció hasta reintegrado con sus padres cuando llegaron de Cuba. (Fuentes: Evaluación preparada por la trabajadora social Elena Maderos. Léase reporte, que aparece redactado en idioma inglés, en el libro titulado Coro de Silencio del autor y la evaluación preparada por miembros del equipo psiquíatrico que lo atendió del hospital de la Devereux Foundation de Victoria, TX).”

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