South Florida teetered on the edge of oblivion in October of 1962 as the United States and the former Soviet Union tussled over the deployment of Russian nuclear missiles in Cuba. The worst nuclear confrontation in the history of humanity occurred during a 13 day period between the discovery of these offensive weapons in the Caribbean island on October 15 and the announcement that they would be dismantled and returned to the USSR on October 28.
These events have been exhaustively examined through historical accounts, documentary films and fictional storytelling from the perspective of what president John F. Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Krushchev were thinking and doing at the time.
Half a century later former BBC journalist Javier Aparisi has taken a fresh look at this confrontation. In La Crisis de los Misiles en Miami he retells the story from the perspective of individuals who experienced it in South Florida . He has uncovered seldom seen archival footage from the Florida State Archive and many other sources. He also carried out extensive interviews in Spanish and English with former military veterans, a former city official, historians and individuals who lived through two weeks of potential nuclear Armageddon.
The interviews took place at the Everglades National Park, Overtown, Carol City and other parts of South Florida. The end result of this effort has turned into a high-definition video documentary.
Emma Velez, email@example.com, 561-594-6044