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Filmmaker to discuss his work, May 19

Independent film producer and director Lisandro Perez-Rey will show and talk about his work at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, in the Friend Center Auditorium.

His first feature-length film, "Mas alla del Mar" (Beyond the Sea), will be screened and followed by a discussion. The 2003 film focuses on the Mariel Boatlift of 1980, when some 130,000 Cubans left their homeland for the United States. It is considered one of the most dramatic episodes in the history of human migration.

Perez-Rey has completed several short films and documentaries, many of which deal with Cuban-Americans in Miami. He is this year's recipient of the prestigious Oscar B. Cintas Foundation Fellowship for artists of Cuban descent. He currently is finishing his next documentary, "La Fabrica" (The Factory), which follows a group of Cuban rappers from their homes in Havana through their groundbreaking concert tour of the United States.

The lecture is sponsored by the Center for Migration and Development.

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