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POSTPONED: Wine and Cheese YPA Miami – La Paloma y la Ley Book Launch

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

March 18, 2020


(Lisette Poole)

This event has been postponed until further notice.

YPA Miami will host the book launch of La Paloma y la Leya photobook that follows two Cuban women on their 8,000-mile journey escaping from communist Cuba to the United States, with no plan, just the name of a coyote—a human smuggler—scribbled on a piece of paper. La paloma y la ley has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and was chosen as one of TIME’s 30 Best Photobooks of 2019.

Lisette Poole, a Cuban-American photojournalist will join us to present her book and discuss her incredible journey behind this production. Attendees will get to connect with one another, interact with Lisette, and join an interactive Q&A while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and wine. 

This program is FREE for YPA members and $15 for future members.

Twenty (20) books will be available for YPA members who register for the program, on first–come, first–served basis. 

About the book:

La paloma y la ley follows two women, Marta and Liset, who left Cuba in May 2016 with no plan, just the name of a coyote—a human smuggler—scribbled on a piece of paper, and a dream to make it to the US. They hoped to arrive before the imminent end of “wet foot, dry foot,” a policy that fast-tracked Cubans to asylum and permanent residency. Photojournalist Poole followed along on 51 days of this journey through 13 countries, across 10 borders and 6 days in the Darien Gap—a roadless stretch of jungle between Colombia and Panama. She posed as a migrant and photographed on several formats including a smartphone, 35mm film and a GoPro. Poole has continued documenting Marta and Liset’s new lives in the United States in the three years since she made the journey with them. Migration is one of the critical issues of our times, but the stories told are often hyper-dramatized, oversimplified, and rarely personal or intimate. La paloma y la ley upends these superficial narratives with one of the most comprehensive accounts of migration ever published. The book renders the journey in all its danger, complexity and humanity. 

Event and membership information: Francisco Martinez | | +1 (305) 779-4984

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