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Ladies in White

Production year: 2010 | 1*52 | Genres: Current Affairs
BLACK SPRING – SILENCING THE LAST OPPOSITION
Origin country: Norway
Production company: Zwart Arbeid AS
Original title: Kvinner i hvitt
Original language: English
Formats: HD

In 2009, Fidel Castro’s Cuban revolution celebrated its 50th anniversary. Since Castro came to power in 1959, he has lead his country with an iron fist, developing an infamous system of informants and secret police to quiet the voices critical of his regime.

BLACK SPRING – SILENCING THE LAST OPPOSITION

In March 2003, Castro ordered the biggest crackdown in recent history. While the world’s attention was on to the US invasion of Iraq, Castro arrested 75 men – journalists, writers and human rights activists considered to be the last Cuban opposition – during three nights now known as “Black Spring”.

THE LADIES IN WHITE

Two weeks after the arrests, in April 2003, the men’s wives, mothers, daughters and sisters gathered in Santa Rita church in Havana, to pray for their loved ones, and there “Las Damas De Blanco” – or “The Ladies In White” was formed. Every Sunday since then, the women have dressed in white and silently walked the streets of Havana.
They campaign through all available means for the release of their men. The continued efforts and bravery of the women resulted in 5 prisoners being released in 2005 – the same year they received the prestigious Sakharov Peace Price awarded by the European Parliament. A total of 20 men have been released due to the efforts of the Ladies in White. But 55 are still in jail.

The Ladies In White are now the face of Cuba’s opposition – symbolizing the hope of human rights and freedom of speech in Cuba. Thus they are an increasing dilemma for the government, which conducts intense surveillance of the women.

This 52 minute long television documentary takes you behind the “tourist scene” in Havana, where you for the first time can meet the women who are risking their own freedom to get their husbands released. They will tell the story of how they went from being supporters of the regime, to become defined as its “enemy”.

 

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