How are we to conceptualize migration? Is it through the people we meet and the statistics we read? How are we to comprehend the magnitude of global migration, and the cultural, economic, and political processes linked to it? How has migration shaped both our world and our character? What does it mean to belong? What is home? How do we lay claim to culture, land, and language?
Migration: global in scale, politically complex, and fundamentally human in nature. Cinema: global in appeal, versatile in political function, and human in design. Both derive their meaning from movement—people moving across borders and pictures moving across screens.
Cine Migratorio embraces these broad and basic definitions of migration and cinema in hopes of encompassing the widest possible range of stories and lived experiences.
We do not aim to treat cinema as a tool to effect political change. Tools stay fixed in our hands, but cinema moves us. We hope to provide, for at least one weekend, a space for many stories to be told and heard, shown and shared.
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Founded in 2012 by Americans Libby Masback, Courtney Sheehan and Anand Balasubrahmanyan, Cine Migratorio started a community event about migration through film screenings, art exhibitions and musical performances created by migrants living in Santander. Such a festival was possible thanks to the dedicated support of our friends and fellow organizers, Lieke Kessels, Daniel Pérez Torralbo, Javier Bustamente González, Ricardo Fernandez and our partners, Casyc_Up, Centro Cultural Eureka and Cantabria Acoge.
Building on the partnerships from its first edition, Cine Migratorio expanded the following year with screenings across Spain, Italy, India and the United States and a second festival edition that brought together the projects of organizers Elisa Hernández Agulo, Alicia Acosta, Alexa Carrasco, Samia Bouzid, Erick Romig, Seema Kumar, Willa Song, Oumaima Azhary, Natalie Medina, and Vera Muller. Cine Migratorio 2013 was a bouquet of filmmaking workshops, school projects, photography exhibitions, musical performances, talks, cooking classes, meals, dance performances and, of course, films.
The fest enters its third year still in collaboration with our friends and partners in Santander and Madrid. With the help of Libby and Elisa, new festival organizers Maia Chao, Yanique Cam, Daniel Stern, and Sarah Furgatch have expanded the filmmaking course and programmed this years screenings of new international films about migration.
The festival continues and evolves. We are excited by any new project that gives space for migrant stories to be shared, and continue to support film as an important way to reflect on the perpetual movement of people across the globe.
Our event hinges on collaboration with local arts and social justice groups. Our partners, collaborators, advisors and friends have greatly helped us to expand and enrich the programme.
Centro Cultural Eureka
A community arts organization located in Santander, Eureka plans several projects that explore European culture, travel and citizenship. Through language classes, movie nights, electronic music seminars, photography exhibits and more, they have built a dynamic community of local youths interested in foreign cultures. The energetic, experienced, and wonderful Eureka staff play a enormous role in planning and advocating for Cine Migratorio.
Centro de Cooperación al Desarollo Fernando de los Ríos (UIMP)
Based out of the renowned Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, the CCD Fernando de los Ríos supports various projects—large and small—that advocate for development projects across the world. Besides generously providing a space for the event, CCD Fernando de los Ríos aids Cine Migratorio in the development and expansion of our programme. Many thanks to Javier Rodríguez Goméz. Without his belief in theproject, none of it would be possible.
Part of the national network of “Acoge” organizations, Cantabria Acoge is an independent and autonomous NGO that works tirelessly to support the immigrant community in Cantabria. Since 1992, Acoge has been offering legal advising, employment services, housing aid, counseling, Spanish and English classes, skills workshops, short courses and a welcoming community to any and all newcomers to the region. The incredibly dedicated and lovely staff aid around 800 people every year. Their open minds, energy and wisdom have given this project much depth and direction.
Caja Cantabria CASYC_UP
Caja Cantabria’s beautiful cultural center, CASYC_UP, has been the home of most festival activities. With beautiful theaters, meeting spaces, exhibition rooms, filming and editing equipment, they provide an important space for artistic production and performance in Santander. Their unflagging support of the film festival has made the whole project possible.
- Alicia Acosta, USA
- Alexa Carrasco, USA
- Anand Balasubrahmanyan, USA
- Courtney Sheehan, USA
- Daniel Pérez Torralbo, Spain
- Daniel Stern, USA
- Elisa Hernández Agulo, Spain
- Erick Romig, USA
- Javier Bustamente González, Spain
- Libby Masback, USA
- Lieke Kessels, The Netherlands
- Maia Chao, USA
- Natalie Mendina, Panama
- Nikki Hatza, USA
- Oumaima Azhary, Morocco
- Ricardo Fernández, Spain
- Vera Müller, Germany
- Samia Bouzid, USA
- Sarah Furgatch, USA
- Seema Kumar, USA
- Willa Song, USA
- Yanique Cam, USA
The contributions of the following individuals has made Cine Migratorio possible. We would like to thank:
Max Postman, Gabriel Tomasulo, Eleanor Russell, Felicity Slater, Jenny Marion, Timothy Hederman, Alex Schechter, Em Lawler, Ruth Campbell, Sarah Mirk, Holden Bale, Grant Custer, Chris Wilson, Rex Unger, Lucy Bloch-Webha, Asa Wilder, Esther Howe, Ethan Struby, Kolean Pitner, Thomas Bateman, Lilith Ben-Or, Zoe Schein, Chris Farstad, Ben Shirar, Cathe Schubert, Courtney Waldron, Sarah, Rebecca Park, Craig Loschmann, Skip and Amy Masback
And for all their help (we couldn’t have done it without you!):
Will Brady, Javier Bustamente González, Javier Rodríguez Goméz, Javier Ontañón, Daniel Pérez Torralbo, Ricardo Fernández, Pilar Bezanilla, Marta Sánchez Tazón, María Angeles Pérez, Lorenzo Ortiz, Cesar Martin, Natalie Medina, Victor, Lamine Msiage, Ibrahuma Faye, Mamadou Salousar, Luz Stella Vargas, Carolina Gareia V., Julian Lopez M, Carlos Enrique Peluez, Fatima Zohra Ouazzani, Oumaima Ell, Edgardo Zarza, Arsen, Keisy, Don Flynn (Migrants’ Rights Network, Reino Unido), Romulo Hernandez (San Francisco Immigrant Film Festival, Estados Unidos), Stefania Piccinelli (Terra di Tutti Film Festival, Italia), Benny Benedict (ViBGYOR International Film Festival), Sara García Villanueva (Play-Doc Tui International Documentary Film Festival, España), Sawsan Darwaza (Karama Human Rights Film Festival, Jordania), Ayuntamiento de Santander, CASYC, Cantabria Acoge, Eureka, UIMP, Metropole, El Mono que Chilla, Urban Classics, La Caverna de la Luz, Demolden, IES Lope de Vega, Erin O’Sheehan
We would also like to extend our gratitude to several film festivals that have helped us by offering input, facilitating contact with the filmmakers, and offering technical assistance.
Many of the films that appear in the program came to us directly from this group of international festivals, and so we thank:
Karama Human Rights Film Festival, Jordan
Terra di Tutti Film Festival, Italy
ViBGYOR International Film Festival, India