Joey Huertas documents (on film and digital media) dissident anti-communist Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez's trip to New York City. 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 criticized by protesters in the crowd for having a unsavory relationship with the U.S. during an ongoing U.S. penalizing embargo. Outrage and emotions flew during lecture at THE NEW SCHOOL in NYC, and she was called a "liar" and told to "go home!" by some protesters. Others in the crowd applauded her calm response to the agitation.
Blogger Yoani Sánchez ended her three-day participation in technology and information seminars in New York remembering the impact of the Black Spring, a wave of massive detentions that took place in Cuba a decade ago. “I want to honor and remember those independent journalists, activists and peaceful opponents. They opened a road that we now continue to tread,” Sánchez said on Sunday. “They presented an opposition to which we feel we are heirs despite all the censorship and repression.”
This is the first visit for Yoani Sanchez to the U.S. after many VISA denials (over 10) due to her reputation as a political activist.
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