Dispatch from Cine Migratorio co-founder Libby Masback, who attended Terra di Tutti Film Festival in Bologna, Italy on behalf of Cine Migratorio.
Last week I attended Terra di Tutti, a film festival dedicated to bringing moving images of the Global South to Bologna, Italy. Terra di Tutti has been Cine Migratorio’s partner since the beginning, sharing with us their films, their experience and their support.
In their sixth year, Terra di Tutti knows what they are doing. They say they don’t, but they do. Arriving a few hours before the festival began, I walked in upon members of the team scrambling to set up chairs, mop the floors, cook the buffet food, put up posters, etc. Everybody around – chefs, technicians, radio DJs, filmmakers — was pitching in. The result: a warehouse converted into a lovely cinema, a seamless screening of interesting films, and a full house.
Terra di Tutti enjoys such support because of their commitment to their community. The first night of the event was held at TPO, an occupied space that has been offering Italian classes, legal advising, gym services, concerts, radio shows and film screenings to the community for the past 15 years. Organized by the NGOs COSPE (Cooperation for the Development of Emerging Countries) and GVC (Civil Voluntary Group), Terra di Tutti has been able to connect several such centers and organizations across Bologna and Europe.
Such collaborations prove fertile ground for film festivals. Terra di Tutti screened a large array of films, including several films focusing on migration in Italy. I found these films exceptional because they not only portrayed the life of a migrant in Italy, they showed the lives that their protagonists lived – and continue to live – in their home countries. The filmmakers made impressive efforts to film a more complete view of the subject’s life.
What’s more, many films moved beyond the standard migrant narrative to really examine the environmental, cultural, familial, political, and economic factors that motivate one to leave home. “Mare Chiuso” by Stefano Liberti and Andrea Segre document the path of many Libyan refugees through Tunisia and Italy, detailing the political decisions that have shaped their lives. Al Jazeera’s documentary “The Nigerian Connection”, exposed many of the ways in which “Madames” con young women into moving to Europe and working in the sex industry. In “La Boda”, by Marina Serensky, whose film “Madres 0’15 El Minuto” screened in Cine Migratorio, narrates the story of a Cuban woman working in Spain, who spends a week preparing herself to be present at her daughters wedding – over the phone.
Among these films were a few that had been screened by Cine Migratorio. “Me Llamo Peng” by Victoria Molina de Carranza and Jahel Guerra Roa drew comments from the crowd about how rare it is to see such an intimate portrayal of life as a Chinese migrant in Europe. And the simplistic power of “Gato Encerrado” by Peque Varela, once again became a much talked about crowd favorite.
Overall, Terra di Tutti powerfully utilized the power of films to expand our minds and worlds. Rarely seen are videos of migrant boat journeys, daily life in Kabul, parkour in Palestine, or Nigerian Jujau rituals. Watching a full cinema watch these films, I was reminded about how important film festivals are.
We are grateful for our partnership with Terra di Tutti and everyone else that helps Cine Migratorio grow!
English-Language Program, Cine Creativo, Theater group performance, guest speaker Xavier Torrens and Largometraje: Voices of Migrants.
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Opening of the Foto Exhibition, a film program focusing on Latin American, a lecture by Gabriela Morales Garcia, a film program focusing on North Africa and Metropole.
For more pictures check our facebookde dos días Cine Migratorio: la apertura de la exposición fotográfica, Enfoque América Latina, conferencia a cargo de Gabriela Morales García, Enfoque Norte de África y Metropole.
The film programs of Cine Migratorio extend beyond the festival itself. We have screened a number of films in local Santander schools, in order to inform students about a broad range of topics concerning migration. These films include:
Promise and Unrest, Aine O’Brien and Alan Grossman (Ireland)
Stories of Lakka Beach, Daan Veldhuzien (the Netherlands)
Joâo tranquilo, Cáritas Diocesana (Spain)
42 – Storie da un edificio mondo, Francesca Cogni and Donatello de Mattia (Italy)
Exiliados, Mariana Viñoles (Uruguay)
Cimetiere des vivants, Audrey Hoc (France)
We would like to highlight one film in particular, Cimetiere des vivants (Cemetery of the Living) by Audrey Hoc. This 50-minute documentary brings our attention to a detention center for immigrants on the Spanish-French border. Cimade is a local organization working to offer aid to migrants in the area of Hendaye. The film exposes the absurd policies that regulate immigration in France. Minister of the Interior Claude Guéant boasted about 32,000 expulsions from France in 2011, and promised more deportations and increased difficulty to accessing permits to reside in France. These policies are exemplified by the Hendaye border area in Basque country near Spain. In the film, lawyers, volunteers, and immigrants all share their perspectives on the issue. The idea for the film began in 2010 when director Audrey Hoc met Laurence Hardouin, a lawyer and spokesperson for Cimade, at a symposium entitled: “Migration, Retention, Evictions.” A few months later, Hoc started filming at Hendaye. A year and a half later, the film was finished. In her director’s statement, Hoc expresses her wish “to denounce the scandal” of immigration policies in France, which “activate the mechanisms of fear for a hazardous communication addressed to a specific electorate.” With this documentary, she wishes to “reveal a hidden truth” about the situation of migrants in France.
Duration: 50 minutes
Director: Audrey Hoc
Production: Traits d’Union Ekoizpenak
Editing: Maiana Bidegain.
Sound: Samuel Holmes.
Learn more about the film on its website: http://www.cimetieredesvivants.fr
The last screening of our festival will be The heart-warming documentary ‘Madres 0’15 el minuto’ seeks to answer questions like: is it possible to be a mother in the distance? Is it possible to educate from a phone booth? Women who travel thousands of miles to give a better future to their children tell us how they live continue their role as mothers across a telephone or a computer, making the booth their second home and transforming their voices into their most valuable resource for parenting. The 52-minute documentary will be preceded by ‘Hemisferio’, an action-packed short fiction about a Spanish couple who is called upon to help a group of stranded migrants in a dire position.
Our Sunday Afternoon program, which starts on Sunday May 13th at 13.00 in CASYC, is packed with a diverse array of incredible films. Starting with the 15 minute Spanish film ‘Siriman’ by Joseph Gordillo. Then we fill focus on the illegal status and conditions that lead people to desperate decision presents the story of Irina in this video from the Migration Awareness Program, ‘¿Tu casas me?’. In the German short fiction ‘Hunger’, two neglected brothers watch the deportation of their immigrant neighbors. After that the police has left, they decide to enter the abandoned apartment. Inside they discover another world; exotic food, music, clothes and make-up, belonging to the deported family.
In the exquisitely shot ‘Mirage’, Dubai, usually seen either as miracle of development or failed gimmick, becomes a set for a visual exploration of displacement, longing and desire. In three chapters the city, the surrounding desert and their inhabitants slowly uncover some of the darker aspects of contemporary society, while the ongoing economic meltdown spells the end of an era. ‘Nomin’, another video from the Migration Awareness Program’s contest in Czech Republic, reveals the story of a small Mongolian girl who was born with severe health problems and therefore has accumulated huge medical bills. She represents one of the barriers that many migrants in the Czech Republic face: the restrictions on access to health insurance.
The award-winning “‘Viaje sin vuelta – estación terminal aeropuerto de fráncfort’(Journey of no return – Last stop Frankfurt Airport) is based on the true story of Sudanese refugee, Aamir Ageeb. Who wanted to report the theft of his jacket to the police, but at the police station everything goes wrong and a trip down an unimaginable series of misunderstanding follows. ‘Mapas Migrantes’ is a review of migrations in Barcelona, from the postwar to the present, told through infrastructure, buildings and furniture in their current context. ‘Conversaciones: Indocumentado en Nueva York’ is a series of interviews with migrants in New York, especially made for our festival and will close this program. ‘Harraguantantamo’ is a 5 minute short that consists of 70 photos, that show the journey as “harraga” (clandestine) of Ilyess, 30, a native of Zarzis (Tunisia). The crossing to Lampedusa, between emergence and host, until he reaches the camp of Trapani, where he lived for 13 days “like Guantanamo” (as he says): “not enough water for showers to be used by 700 people, escape attempts initially denied by the police, the constant uncertainty about his fate.
Our Children’s program starts at 11.30 on Sunday May 13th, in CASYC, and features some of the best short of the whole program! Each one is animated and has no dialogue, making them easy to understand and enjoy. The award-winning stop-motion animation, by Kirsten Lepore, ‘Bottle’ shows us a long distance exchange between a sand creature and snow creature. They share pieces of their worlds with each other using only a glass bottle and the ocean. The next short ‘RAAH’, which is also called Wait and Path, is an inspiring short animation film that beautifully depicts the initial disappointment and then the growing hope of a young Indian boy who is disabled.
‘Little Boat’ chronicles the quiet but touching journey of a small red boat. In ‘La Llorona’, which features beautiful music, a mother finds a way to travel to her son and bring him back to life through her tears. And in another stop-motion film by Kirsten Lepore, ‘Sweet Dreams’ a cupcake escapes from his native land to see what lies beyond the sugar skyscrapers and candy-condos. He travels by sailboat and ends up on an island where he meets new friends who teach valuable lessons.
Click here for the festival program