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.
On Saturday May 12th at 21.00 in CASYC.
This program begins with a sweet and short video from an awareness-raising campaign conducted by the Migration Awareness Program in Czech Republic. ‘¿Y tú sabes quién te limpia la casa?’ a spoiled student underestimates the skills of his maid, who was a teacher in her home country but now is leading a life performing hard physical labor. [Read more about it in a blog post from April 28th]
This is followed by an experimental short made by Santander’s own Rogelio Sastre. ‘El Inmigrante Perfecto’ pays tribute to Danish filmmaker Jørgen Leth’s Det Perfekte Menneske and offers a new reading of the avant-garde classic in the context of migration.
The feature of the night is ‘Retratos de la Ausencia’, a gorgeous and contemplative film that introduces us to the stories of Lina, Andrew and Tandita, three Colombian children who live with close relatives because their parents moved away in search of work. In this portrait of everyday life we discover what it means for a family to be fragmented by migration.Sábado 21:00 / 12 de mayo
Este programa comienza con un video “dulce y corto” que pertenece a una campaña de sensibilización del Programa de Conciencia de Migración en la República Checa. Un estudiante mimado subestima las habilidades de su criada en ‘¿Y tú sabes quién te limpia la casa?’
Esto es seguido de un corto experimental, hecho por el santanderino Rogelio Sastre. ‘El Inmigrante Perfecto’ rinde tributo al cineasta danés Jørgen Leth’sJørgen Leth’s Det Perfekte Menneske y ofrece una nueva lectura del clásico de vanguardia en el contexto de la inmigración.
Para finalizar la noche llega ‘Retratos de la Ausencia’ una película magnífica y contemplativa que nos presenta las historias de Lina, Andrés y Tandita, tres niños colombianos que viven con parientes cercanos porque sus padres se fueron a otro país en busca de trabajo. En este retrato de la vida diaria, descubrimos lo que significa para una familia ser fragmentada por la migración.
Click here for the festival program