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Elian Gonzalez Documentary Premiering at Tribeca Film Festival

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    Wednesday marks 15 years since Elian Gonzalez, then just 5 years old, was taken by U.S. federal agents at gunpoint in Miami and returned to his father in Cuba. (Published Wednesday, April 22, 2015)

    A new documentary that tells the story of Elian Gonzalez, the Cuban boy who was involved in an international custody battle in Miami, is set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

    "Elian" will premiere Friday at the festival in New York, and is expected to be in theaters in May.

    The film, narrated by actor Raul Esparza, features an interview with the now 23-year-old Gonzalez, who still lives in Cuba.

    Gonzalez was just shy of his sixth birthday when the small boat that was carrying him, his mother and a dozen others went down near Florida in November 1999. Gonzalez's mother was among those who died, but he was found floating in an inner tube, rescued and taken to the United States.

    A bitter court battle ensued between Gonzalez's father, who demanded the boy be returned to him in Cuba, and Miami relatives, who insisted he stay with them.

    The case culminated with a dramatic raid on a house where U.S. federal agents retrieved Gonzalez at gunpoint, and he was flown back to the island in June 2000.

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