I would have defected like the Cuban actors on their way to the Tribeca Film Festival too!

The film Una Noche premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this year but the most interesting part isn't the plot or even how the movie was made. It's actually that the movie seems to have inspired a bit of a life-immitates-art situation. The film is about three Cuban teens trying to escape the Communist nation for a better life in the U.S. And, well, now it's coming true! Two of the actors from the movie have disappeared after landing in Miami on their way to promote the film at the festival in New York. Although their visa will expire in a few days, I think we can all assume they are intending to defect and stay in the U.S. for good--and really, who can blame them?


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I can't say that I'm surprised that the 20-year-old stars have decided to defect from Communist-ruled Cuba. The two Cuban-born actors, Anailin de la Rua de la Torre and Javier Nunez Florian have not been heard from since their Miami landing, although the third star of the film, 20-year-old Dariel Arrechada, showed up in New York as schedule and insists he plans to go back to Cuba.

The other two, though, well, they're doing what I think is probably the smartes thing they could have. According to the director, it's the first time any of the actors have been to the U.S. and I completely understand why they ran: Life is just not that great there. Although I don't know the details of their particular lives, I know my own Cuban story and the way my mom and abuela describe the poverty there.

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Dariel told the Huffington Post:

That's their choice, you know? That's their way of thinking. No one is forced to stay. And no one is forced to go back. If you want to stay in the United States, I think, well, stay. If you want to go back, go back. Not all of us have to stay and not all of us have to go back. It's about what you want to do with your life.

I agree with him and applaud both his and his costars bravery. Although we don't really know where they are right now, I personally wish them all of the best. If they defected from Cuba, it was for a very good reason. I hope they find exactly what they're looking for here in the U.S.

What do you think of the Cuban actors defecting from their home country when they came for the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of their movie?

Image via Una Noche