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Directed by Zeinabu irene Davis • 1986 • United States
Starring Sandra Sealy, John Earl Jelks
This charming tale focuses on Willa Ledbetter, a Black middle-aged schoolteacher in Watts, Los Angeles, and her longing to visit her parents’ homeland of Cuba. In the face of unexpected political and familial pressures to forego her dream, Willa struggles to make her decision. The title of the film refers to the shape of the island—the crocodile being its national symbol—and the menace socialist Cuba represents to many in Willa’s world.