Friday, January 05, 2007

Photo: A U.S. Immigration ticket is stapled inside the Cuban passport Rosi used to enter the United States in 1960.

Welcome to Dos Epocas, A Flight of No Return. This photo-blog will serve as a repository for photographs, documents and other elements of a documentary project seeking to bridge the divide between two halves of a Cuban family: those able to leave Cuba shortly after the 1959 revolution as opposed to those who stayed behind.

For several years now, I have been traveling back-and-forth from Havana, photographing, writing and researching documents pertinent to this piece. Within these pages you'll find the story of a violent revolution develop through the eyes of a family separated by 90 miles of water and nearly five decades of sorrow and rancor. What you will not find within this site is political propaganda. I am a journalist and as such, I seek to evaluate facts, not opinions. While my own thoughts on the Cuban Revolution are quite passionate, I seek to impart truth here. That said, it is my hope that this site will become a place for interested parties to search through a rich stew of information, taking with them what bits seem relevant to their own lives.

With the imminent passing of Cuban President Fidel Castro, a new era in Cuban history is about to begin. Over the next few years, a historical interpretation of the events of the last five decades will be assembled and repositories of documents and personal accounts such as this one will become more-and-more important. In 1953, during his trial following the Moncada Barracks attack, Fidel Castro stated "history will absolve me." Now that El Comandante en Jefe is about to exit the world's stage, it's time to find out how that statement measures up. Let the dialogue begin.

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