Voices From Mariel Show Nov. 10

Screening Thursday at 7 p.m. features Diversity and Inclusion Director Patsy Feliciano.


By Barbara Melendez

USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 10, 2011) – The University of South Florida Cuban American Student Association is sponsoring a free screening of the documentary Voices From Mariel Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Marshall Student Center Oval Theatre.


Patsy Feliciano, USF’s director of Diversity and Inclusion in the Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office  is in the film and plans to attend.


“I play a small role in the documentary, but the Mariel Exodus played a huge role in my life,” she said.


Feliciano’s is one of ten stories featured. She was among the nearly 125,000 Cuban citizens who were allowed to board boats at the Port of Mariel and leave tor the United States between April and September 1980.   


“I am a Marielita,” Feliciano wrote in an article for Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education on the 30th anniversary of the boatlift.  “I was a pionera, a pioneer, whether I liked it or not. …I thank my parents for having the courage to bring my brother and me to a country where we have enjoyed opportunities and, more importantly, where we have found freedom.” 


The film recently won the Alexandria Film Festival Best of Festival Award and the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary at Gasparilla International Film Festival.


There will be a question and answer period after the screening.


Barbara Melendez can be reached at 813-974-4563.