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Cucho
A Journey from Cuba to Freedom

Dr. Louis Balart, known as “Cucho,” grew up in Cuba, where he became a renowned doctor and then a counter-revolutionary and a refugee.


“I escaped the communistic government of Fidel Castro,” he says. “I escaped because communism destroys spirituality; it destroys the dignity of life; it destroys the joy of living.”


Cucho settled in New Orleans, where he was initially forbidden to practice medicine. He helped get that law changed and worked to become one of Louisiana’s leading gastroenterologists.


CUCHO tells the story of his early life in Cuba, the coming 0f the revolution, and his escape from the island. Starting a new chapter of his life in America, he works his way up from lab assistant to doctor, overcoming hardships and prejudice to realize his dream of freedom.