When asked by the embassy official if Kennedy means what he says, Rogers recalls saying, “You’re damn right he does.

He will do what he says he will do.” News of the encounter went directly to Khrushchev’s office.

All the while, their families didn't know their whereabouts.

The last hour is about the lives of those who managed to get to the USA.

Johnny Prokov, a Soviet émigré of Lithuanian decent, was working at the bar that night in a smoky atmosphere of heightened chatter.

He had worked at the Press Club for three years and, like most bartenders, he would’ve been busy, juggling drink orders and cash while being friendly with regulars.

In fact, it was such a surprise that Gorsky left without his nightcap and went straight to the Soviet embassy to send a message to Moscow about the exchange.

Seeking to confirm what appeared to be Kennedy’s intention to invade Cuba, a Soviet embassy official arranged to coincidentally run into Rogers the following morning.

Pero te seguimos buscando, patria,..." - Reinaldo Arenas The evening of October 24, 1962 must have been quite a shift for the bar staff at the National Press Club.

Only two nights before, President John Kennedy addressed the nation about Soviet missiles being discovered in Cuba and the imposition of a naval “quarantine” around the island.

At closing, bartenders are usually pre-occupied with settling the tabs of the remaining customers, cleaning up and prepping the bar for the next day’s opening. But as the bar was closing, Anatoly Gorsky, a KBG spy working under cover as a Soviet journalist from dropped by for a late night drink.

Despite all the urban mythology surrounding the adeptness of Soviet espionage, Soviet intelligence gathering in the United States was rudimentary at the time. It must have come as quite a surprise to Gorsky when Prokov passed along what he thought he heard.

Balseros (Spanish: Rafters) is a 2002 Catalan documentary co-directed by Carles Bosch and Josep Maria Domènech about Cubans leaving during the Período Especial.