Outside the Revolution (Video)

Parjanya Christian Holtz is an independent German filmmaker based in Denmark.

By Parjanya Christian Holtz (Washington Post)

HAVANA TIMES – In Cuba, hundreds of innocent people are in prison today because they dared to demand freedom a year ago. The “lucky” ones — including Washington Post Opinions contributor Abraham Jiménez Enoa and art historian Carolina Barrero, the subjects of our short documentary above — were forced out of their own country.

This is how Cuban authorities are reestablishing control after the events of July 11, 2021, when frustration with food and medicine shortages, covid-19 and decades of tyranny sparked the biggest anti-government protests in a generation. Police snuffed out the calls for democracy within a few days. Now, judges are banishing dissidents for up to 25 years behind bars.

When I contacted Barrero late last year to produce a video about the unrest, I never expected to interview her in person. She was in Havana. I was in Copenhagen. We had just spent a week trying to set up a Zoom call — something the Cuban internet infrastructure turns into a technical nightmare. But then I received a message from her friend saying Barrero had been arrested for protesting the crackdown on July 11 activists. A few days later, she was exiled by her own government. Leave — or else, authorities told her.

Barrero left. As did Jiménez Enoa and many others. So I booked a ticket to Spain to film them in the early stages of exile.

I originally set out to explain the tactics the Cuban government has used to keep its population in check for more than half a century. I do that with this short film. But in meeting Barrero and Jiménez Enoa, the conceptual story became a personal one. They were told they are not wanted by their own country because they need to speak and write freely, to not be persecuted, arrested or tortured for demanding basic rights. This video exposes the propaganda machine that sold Cubans and the world a lie about Castro’s revolution, and the costs of correcting the record.

Read more from Cuba here on Havana Times

3 thoughts on “Outside the Revolution (Video)

  • Curt they going to be in place until the end of the Cuban dictatorship. You should keep traveling to Havana and witness the end of what one day was a prosperous nation. Embargo for ever not oxygen to the Castro family dynasty.

  • Olga, if people like yourself dictated US Cuba policy, the embargo will last forever because whatever reforms the Cuban government makes will never be enough to satisfy you and your hardline comrades. Remember, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again without achieving the desired results.

  • The USA sanctions to the dictatorship including the Embargo should be on until humans rights, freedom of Press, multiple parties elections, and a fully democratic system is established. More of six decades of terror is more that enough.

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