Castro Dictatorship Prevents Screening of Award Winning Documentary “Nobody”
The documentary analyzes the work and life of the writer Rafael Alcides “and of course, censorship is triggered when specific names are mentioned,” said the director, filmmaker Miguel Coyula.
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Lia Villares, an artist and blogger, was the one who filed the complaint about the police activity.
“They blockaded a house where Lia Villares was with her 75-year-old mother who can barely walk, to prevent anyone from reaching a cultural event outside government censorship institutions,” states a post on Villares’ Facebook profile.
“We are a political space because we are interested in and are committed to the future of our nation, and promote a culture that is still censored in spite of international awareness. This is where we live, where we try to work, and we have a moral responsibility to consider the present and future of our nation,” continues the post.
Under the pretense of conducting an operation in the area, Villares noted that the police went to the scene and prevented guests from arriving to the documentary’s screening.
The artist commented that there were so many policemen that “despite living in a central area where it is difficult to stop traffic…they were able to do so.”
On his part, Coyula described: “A group of men in uniform and others dressed in civilian clothes came to us, one of them took out a paper with a list and compared our names with the ones he had written down.”
The Cuban regime under the Castro brothers has long been accused of gross violations of freedom of speech, and routinely uses police and state security to harass political opponents.