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Spanish with English subtitles
Spanish Revolution? is a series of shorts made by prominent Spanish audiovisual artists, which reflect on recent social movements and their context in an attempt to observe, analyze, and understand a society weakened by the political and financial crisis. The films take a critical and non-complacent view of the crisis, its consequences, and the social responses to them. Together they comprise a highly personal set of views in which risk, humor, experimentation, and creative subjectivity join hands.
This collection of shorts has been made possible thanks to DOCMA Asociación de Cine Documental (www.docma.es). Special thanks to Andrea Guzmán.
Monumental History of Modern-Day Spain (Historia Monumental de la España Contemporánea), by David Varela
Spain / 2013 / 7 min
Some long steps towards today.
Video-Dérives: Sol, by Flavio G. García
Spain / 2011 / 5 min
An exploration of how citizens register images during social protests. A work shot during the May 15th events initiated by the Real Democracy Now movement in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol, also known as the Spanish Revolution.
The Killing of the Pig (La Matança Del Porc), by Isaki Lacuesta
Spain-USA / 2012 / 10 min
A moral portrait of Barcelona and, by extension, Spain in the year 2012. It is the story of a real-estate consultant and an amateur filmmaker who, in the 1970s, fought for democracy and who now thinks it has been perverted and manipulated. He sharpens his claws and plans a couple of alternatives that could put an end to a crisis “created for us by bankers and profiteers.”
This collection of shorts is available for purchase as part of the DVD compilation Spain in Crisis: A Collective Response.
Lacuesta’s feature The Double Steps (2011) was awarded the Golden Shell at San Sebastian Film Festival. His documentary El Cuaderno de Barro (2011) received a Golden Medal at the International Festival of Audiovisual Programs (FIPA) in Biarritz. His film La Leyenda del Tiempo (2006) was recognized as the Best Spanish Film of the Year by the Catalan Critics Association.