On May 28th, 2018, three kayakers left Havana, attempting to kayak across the Straits of Florida to the United States, in solidarity with refugees and immigrants. After 27 hours and 12 minutes of nonstop paddling, they landed in Key West, Florida. The paddle spanned 125 miles of exposed and unpredictable ocean, from Havana to Key West. The Gulf Stream runs across the route. The three kayakers saw strong winds, rain and waves up to 10 feet high.
Before them, thousands of Cubans have attempted to paddle across the Straits of Florida in the last five decades, all undocumented. Kayak Libre is a film about kayakers using their sport to connect, pay homage to the tragic history of the crossing, and advocate for continued open borders.