Filmmaker Joey Huertas speaks with controversial political blogger Yoani Sanchez from her home in Havana, Cuba during this 2013 international panel discussion. Joey Huertas was awarded the Willard Van Dyke For Non-Fiction award...

Joey Huertas participated in this moderated two hour Bi-lingual Internet Radio discussion a week before her travel Visa was approved by the Cuban government. Sanchez arrived in the United States for the first time on an 80-day, 12-country tour that has so far taken her to cities in Brazil, Mexico and various European countries since late February. She had been denied a VISA permission to leave Cuba 21 times in the last five years.

Yoani Sanchez is a Cuban blogger who has achieved international fame and multiple international awards for her critical portrayal of life in Cuba under its current government. Yoani Sanchez is remarkable in that she blogs from her home in Havana, Cuba. She has received awards from organizations the world over but has not been granted an exit visa to leave Cuba to receive her awards. She was awarded a prestigious award by the U.S. State Department.

In 2011, Sanchez published her first book Havana Real: One Woman Fights to Tell the Truth About Cuba Today, four years' worth of her translated blog collected in book form, and which describes her views on everyday life in Cuba under the rule of both Fidel and Raúl Castro. Under the Castro dictatorship, she will not be able to leave Cuba to promote her book, but has smuggled flash drives out of Cuba containing videotaped book readings. She has written a second book, Word Press: A Blog for Speaking To The World.

This interview with Yoani Sanchez was on phone with an internationally selected group of panel members that included Joey Huertas, Film Artist & Social Worker.


Yoani's Visa trip outside of Cuba:

Yoani's arrest recording captured on her cellphone:

Columbia University lecture:

International Awards of Yoani Sanchez:
2008 – Ortega y Gasset Prize for Journalism
2008 – "100 Most Influential People in the World” – Time magazine
2008 – "100 most notable Hispanoamericans" – El País newspaper
2008 – "10 most influential people of 2008" – Gatopardo Magazine
2008 – “10 Most Influential Latin American Intellectuals” of the year – Foreign Policy magazine
2009 – "25 Best Blogs of 2009" – Time magazine
2009 – "Young Global Leader Honoree" – World Economic Forum
2009 – Maria Moors Cabot prize – Columbia University Prize
2010 – World Press Freedom Hero – International Press Institute
2010 – Prince Claus Award – Prince Claus Fund
2012 – “10 Most Influential Ibero American Intellectuals” of the year – Foreign Policy magazine

For more info:

The Boston Globe

Miami Herald

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