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Spanish with English subtitles

In 1969, Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, closed the entrance to the British territory of Gibraltar, isolating 30,000 people without food, water, or telephone lines. In his words, “The Rock will fall like ripe fruit.”

La Roca is an epic Romeo & Juliet-type love story between the massive Rock of Gibraltar and its neighboring Spanish city of La Linea. Despite being declared enemies by their countries, the people of both cities depended on each other, got married and lived happily with their bilingual children. They used to be inseparable.

Eventually, indoctrination on both sides and Franco’s sudden decision forced the separation of thousands of mixed families. Over 13 years families met at the border every Sunday to look through binoculars at their estranged lovers, brothers, parents, and babies – screaming, “Daddy loves you” from a distance.

How could this happen? What is the story behind this tragedy?

Franco is now dead but the pain caused by the closing of the gates scarred the population for life. Gibraltar and La Linea have never gone back to their initial love and the area still seethes with tension.

About the Director
Raúl Santos started his career in Advertising in Madrid as a creative director and creating his own company. He lived in London, Paris, and Berlin working for Dior, Loewe, Fnac, British Airways, etc. He jumped into film in 2009 enrolling in the MFA Social Documentary program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He graduated in 2011 and received the Paula Rhodes Award “for deeming his work exceptional.” He has produced, written, edited, and directed five shorts, awarded in international film festivals. The New York Times mentioned him as a “rising Spanish director.” La Roca is his first feature-length film.
Press

La Roca examines the relationship between the British territory of Gibraltar and the nearby Spanish community of La Linea...A sad, thought-provoking film, this is recommended.” – M. Puffer-Rothenberg, video librarian

“This film has gone beyond all expectations of the audience and critics… an excellent cinematographic piece… a load of conflicting emotions that lead to laughter, sadness and yearning.” – Juan José González, EUROPA SUR

“Thrilling, very thrilling… if there is anything we can learn from this documentary it’s that the people should not pay for the mistakes of their rulers. Our children should watch this.” – Carmen González, CADENA SER

“The lucky viewers of La Roca enjoyed filmmaking in bold letters thanks to this magnificent documentary…” – Miguel Olid, ABC

“I fell in love with Pepa, the old lady who serves as the backbone of this choral story about forced uprootedness. Although real and human, she looks like a character of good magical realism.” – Juan Carlos Soriano, DOCUMENTOS RNE