Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Miracle Fishing: Kidnapped Abroad

Year: 2021
Language: English, Spanish, German
Run Time: 107 minutes

Miracle Fishing: Kidnapped Abroad
Miracle Fishing: Kidnapped Abroad
Miracle Fishing: Kidnapped Abroad
Miracle Fishing: Kidnapped Abroad
Miracle Fishing: Kidnapped Abroad

When Tom Hargrove was running late for work one morning, he chose to take the scenic route to avoid heavy city traffic in Cali, Colombia, where he worked as an agricultural scientist. After Tom was kidnapped by the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) at a rural roadblock, the notorious guerilla army demanded a $6 million ransom for Tom’s safe return, launching the start of arduous negotiation battles with his family. Tom’s wife Susan and their two sons were joined by close family friends and negotiation professionals to navigate months of back-and-forth dealings with no guarantee of a happy ending. To cope with the uncertainty of his father’s return, Tom’s son Miles began filming the group’s experience. From coded phone calls and high-stakes exchanges, to care-free moments of love and togetherness to help pass the time, the footage provides unique access to the family’s unexpected collection of emotions through the challenge of a lifetime. Twenty-five years later, Miles transformed his video diaries to share his incredible true story in MIRACLE FISHING: KIDNAPPED ABROAD. (In English, German, and Spanish with subtitles) — A.B.

CIFF45 Screenings

CIFF45 Streams On Demand

Thursday, April 08, 2021 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes

Cinema en EspaƱol

Ad Hoc Docs Competition


Miles Hargrove

Eric F. Martin, Miles Hargrove, Christopher Birge

Miles Hargrove

Miles Hargrove

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