“I taught film at the University of Havana and won several international awards for my films. I suffered terribly in Cuba because my documentaries addressed human rights issues. One of my works was chosen to be shown at the Miami and Havana film festivals. When in Miami for the festival, I learned this film had been banned in Cuba and my home and office had been ransacked. So I asked AI Justice to help me get political asylum.
“I am grateful to AI Justice for the humanitarian way in which they handled my case. Professionally I can now express myself in a democratic country with freedom of the press. In 2003 my film 'Cuba 100 Years' was awarded the Best Documentary Special, and I received the Bronze World Medal at the New York Film Festival. It is extremely important that AI Justice exists to help potential victims of human rights abuses like myself.”
Javier was granted asylum in 2004.