On or about September 8, 1608, two indigenous Indians and a ten-year-old slave boy were caught in a storm, forcing them to land their canoe and encamp. The next day the three, seeking salt for a slaughterhouse to use as a preservative, were back at sea, where they spotted something floating. It turned out to be a statue of the Mother of God holding the infant Christ in her right arm and a gold cross in her left hand. An attached plank bore the words "Yo soy la Virgen de la Caridad (I am the Virgin of Charity)." Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre, Cuba's patron saint, plays a key role in Caridad, Madre Mia, filmmaker Javier Echevarria's documentary (with English subtitles) about the anguish of five Cuban women separated from their children for 46 years and the role of the mothers' faith in this ordeal. The 6:30 p.m. screening of the film will be followed by panel discussions (in Spanish). Miami Dade College's presentation at the Tower Theater takes place Thursday and Friday, with different panels each night. Admission is ten dollars. Call 305-643-8706, or visit www.mdc.edu.
Thu., Sept. 7; Fri., Sept. 8
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