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Joe Cardona was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (of Cuban parents) on "all saints'day" 1967. He has directed 11 feature length documentaries, mostly dealing with issues of cultural identity and Cuban history: Adios Patria, Café con Leche, The Flight of Pedro Pan, Jose Marti: Legacy of Freedom, Havana: Portrait of Yesteryear, Honey Girl, White Elephant, and Celia the Queen. Nine of these documentaries have aired on WPBT2 and PBS affiliates throughout the U.S. as well as various outlets throughout Europe and Latin America. Joe has also directed, produced and written two feature films, Water, Mud and Factories and Bro. Both films have traveled the world through film festivals and the film Bro was been awarded the prestigious Flickapalooza Film Festival's "Best Screenplay" (2001) award.

Joe holds a degree in Mass Communications from Florida International University. Reared on episodic television and album oriented rock radio, Joe always fancied himself a writer/director so he began working on indie projects fresh out of college. Facing his parent's menacing threat of law school and desperately needing some bread, Joe opted for what seemed like a much easier graduate degree (and much needed student loans) entering a Masters in Tesol graduate program (teaching English as a second language). After attaining this much ballyhooed, prestigious degree he decided to plunge whatever was left of the student loans into his first doc. The rest you might say is history....

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