In March 2003, the Cuban authorities arrested 75 human rights defenders and government critics during a violent crackdown on dissent. They received prison sentences ranging from twenty to thirty years.
Their wives, mothers and daughters founded the action group 'Las Damas de Blanco', or 'women in white', that has held weekly silent protests in the streets of Havana for more than seven years now.
The Movies that Matter Festival revealed their story this spring with the documentary Women in White, that was part of Amnesty International's main programme A Matter of ACT.
Recently, 52 political prisoners were released following severe international criticism of the human rights situation in Cuba and the death of dissident Orlando Zapata Tamayo, who had gone on a hunger strike early this year.