"The experience of being an exile marks you forever - it is part of
who you are, no matter where you go and what you do...."
The Exile Identity is a narrative piece developed in the spring of 2015. It is the story of the Cuban exiles who came to the United States as refugees on the Freedom Flights and Peter Pan programs in the 1960’s and 1970’s through the lens of one family: my mother, her sister, and their parents.
The narrative transitions as it tells two stories: the story of my mother and her family who were able to escape Castro’s regime and live prosperous lives in the United States, albeit as exiles, and the story of their extended family who did not leave Cuba and continue to live under Castro’s regime. The piece examines the differences between an exile and an immigrant to consider how an identity as a Cuban-American can manifest.