The Crossing

how far would you go for a better life?

the crossing.


On May 28, 2018, three American kayakers left Havana on an attempt to paddle across the Straits of Florida back to the United States. After 27 hours and 12 minutes of nonstop paddling they landed in Key West, making them the first documented kayakers to successfully make the crossing.

But they were far from the first to make the voyage. Thousands of Cuban refugees have attempted to cross the Straits of Florida in the last half century, risking and sometimes losing their lives in the process.

Juxtaposed with the stories of four Cuban political refugees who have rebuilt their lives in the United States, The Crossing is a visceral journey across dangerous open ocean that explores the complex issue of forced human migration and asks: what is the human cost of closed borders?