Documentary - Completed 2014

A film about Puerto Rican iconic revolutionary, Ramón Emeterio Betances, father of the Puerto Rican nation, and his importance in the 21st century in Puerto Rico and the Antilles.

& Awards

Ventana Sur 2014
    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Biography
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 82 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Tito ROMÁN
    • Writer(s)
    • Ray FIGUEROA , Tito ROMÁN
    • Producer(s)
    • Annabelle MULLEN
    • Synopsis

    • The Father of our Nation. The Doctor of the Poor. The Antillean. Dr. Emeterio Betances had many names and talents; His life was one full of unfinished struggles, great victories and devastating defeats. A man who traveled and studied; a writer, surgeon, diplomat, revolutionary, Betances is just a name known to all Puerto Ricans, but do they really know the man? Beyond his name on a street, road, school or business, what do we really know about his story? "The Antillean" is a documentary that presents the life of this Puerto Rican patriot and his relevance today, even though it has been over 100 years since his death. Starting from his birth in Cabo Rojo, we travel to Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and France with academics and historians, reviving and learning about the life of this great Puerto Rican. Since the 1848 French Revolution to the Caribbean emancipatory struggles, we meet a political revolutionary, but also a diplomat. He studied in Paris returning from Europe to Puerto Rico to the enslavement of his race. He is a young doctor who falls in love and loses his young bride to a disease that all his knowledge could not save. He is the revolutionary leader who was forced into exile before the insurrection army. Betances attempted to chart a path for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, a path that has not been completed, but that through this documentary will explore it as an alternative for this 21st century. Betances dreamed of uniting our islands, our Caribbean; an Antillean Confederation. A dream followed by Latin American heroes and liberators such as Simon Bolivar and Jose Marti. Despite being recognized and respected throughout the West Indies, with busts and plaques in from Havana to Paris, the colonial situation of our island has shut out his figure and teachings. And through "The Antillean", we want to learn and admire this figure that is so important for the Caribbean and specifically, Puerto Rico.