01/21/2015 12:44 EST | Updated 03/22/2015 05:59 EDT

Cuban family divided on openness as relations with U.S. change

With the normalization talks with the United States getting underway, the matter of what Cubans want from this moment is so sensitive.

What they desire, they may not feel comfortable saying. Candour can have consequences and not necessarily from authorities.

We sat down to talk with a strong, spry 94-year-old in Old Havana who has just about seen it all here. He has stayed in his beloved Cuba, even though some of his children have moved away and at times have urged him to consider doing the same.

He won’t go. 

But talking with us about why he stayed and what he may dream of in the future for his country became tough when he was shouted down by a man in the street.

It wasn’t a stranger. It was his son. A man worried about the impact of what his father might say.

Watch the video to see how it unfolded.

The CBC's Adrienne Arsenault is in Cuba this week, as historic normalization talks get underway between Havana and Washington.