On the second day of the Valencia Mov(i)e Activism 2017 participants could travel abroad with the two films of the day that presented stories from opposite sides of the globe; more precisely, from Chile and Palestine. In fact, these two formed the category Post-Colonialism.
Carolina Espinoza Cartes, an established journalist and anthropologist wrote and directed the first of the two movies. She already worked on some famous titles, such as The Joy of Others (2009) and The Output of the Labyrinth. Apart from that, she became a member of the Association of Documentary Film DOCMA in 2010.
The second movie was a short film written and directed by a young Spanish author called Ander Iriarte. This was his fourth documentary film after Los Inocentes, Echevarriatik Etxebarriara and Otsoko. His movies already appeared at some film festivals, and we were very happy to add our festival to that list.
People's Train of Culture: connecting humanity
Carolina's People's Train of Culture (Spanish: El Tren Popular de la Cultura) depicts a significant detail of Allende's Chile. Allende's government organised different cultural actions aimed to educate people living outside the Chilean cities such as the pedagogic mission and the Theatre of the People, and this movie talks about an action just like these.
The movie tells a story of sixty artists that in February 1971 boarded a train to embark on a mission. They travelled all around the country to introduce people to new cultural values and artistic disciplines. This initiative aimed to integrate people from isolated areas, as part of the 40th measure of Salvador Allende's program. He wanted to set up art colleges in Chilean provinces and to create a National Institute of Arts and Culture.
SUMUD: a change of perspective
SUMUD is a movie about a group that travels to Palestine to study the lives of locals that are facing expropriation of lands and infringement of human rights. The Basque travellers soon started to learn that local fishermen and farmers have their unique way to face these injustices. They start to comprehend that there is a whole new reality in the region and that the word sumud encompasses it perfectly.
Final day of the festival on Saturday
After two movies that covered such important large-scale problems, the focus will move to equally important local issues. The last category of the Valencian documentary film festival Mov(i)e Activism is Housing and Community. Again, two movies will form the group; one Italian and the other Spanish/Portuguese.
The last movie of the festival – All Aboard! – is a work of Javier Hedrosa and Cristina Cascales, both members of our team that made the Valencian edition possible. After the movie, the authors will have a chat with the audience in a great atmosphere that the crew from La Fusteria is setting up. Additionally, there will be a delicious vegan dinner and incredible craft beers to refresh the summer night.
Finally, to close the festival in great style, Resiliência (Barcelona, Spain), Antítesi (Valencia, Spain) and Mc Gibigi (Valencia, Spain) will make you dance throughout the night and celebrate the end of the first edition of Valencia Mov(i)e Activism with us.