Pictured from l-r are Documentary Filmmaker Estela Bravo, Ernesto Bravo and Argentine Ambassador Carlos Sersale di Cerisano
“Mommy come’ were the only heart-breaking words on double sided letters sent home by the brother of Marina Ochoa. He was part of Operation Peter Pan as depicted in a heart wrenching documentary by Estela Bravo. It was screened at the residence of the Argentinian Ambassador in Pretoria, South Africa and co-hosted by Ambassadors Carlos Sersale di Cerisano of Argentina and Ambassador Carlos Fernandez de Cossio of Cuba. Estela Bravo is in South Africa to celebrate South Africa’s 20 years of Freedom and Democracy.
At the height of the Cold War 14,000 children from Cuba were flown to the USA between 1961 and 1962 to supposedly save them from communism. Some never saw their families again. Many never saw Cuba again.
The film shows archive footage of the children in the USA together with interviews and accounts from these children who are now adults with their own children and grandchildren. It shows some of them returning to Cuba to find some closure on their traumatic past that the separation caused to both parent and child alike.