festival program / Jordan Ressler First Feature Award  |  Knight Made in MIA Feature Film Award

Last Rafter, The


After risking his life crossing the Florida Straits on a raft, a young Cuban searches Miami for his long-absent father. When a political shift makes him America's first Cuban undocumented immigrant, he must battle the new and bigger fear of deportation, while trying to find where he really belongs.

Mining rich detail from their own experiences finding a footing in the United States, Carlos Rafael Betancourt and Oscar Ernesto Ortega have crafted a powerful film that is at once personal and strikingly timely.

This screening is sponsored by FlixLatino, ViendoMovies Available with Xfinity and the Jordan Alexander Ressler Charitable Fund.

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Silverspot Cinema

Silverspot Cinema

Director Bio

Carlos Rafael Betancourt and Oscar Ernesto Ortega have most recently completed the films “La Isla de Corcho” and “Running Shadow”. The Last Rafter is their narrative feature debut.

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    Carlos Rafael Betancourt, Oscar Ernesto Ortega
  • Cast
    Hector Medina, Chaz Mena, Nestor Jimenez, Cristina Gracía

Film Info