Another day of movies and activism in Valencia

On the second day of the Valencian edition of the film festival Mov(i)e Activism participants had the occasion to travel abroad. The two films presented stories from opposite sides of the globe, to be more precise, from Chile and Palestine. In fact, these two films were selected for the category Post-Colonialism.

Carolina Espinoza Cartes, an established journalist, anthropologist and director is writer and director of the first movie viewers could enjoy. 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 are very happy to add our name to this list.

People's Train of Culture: connecting humanity

Scene from The People's Train of CulturePeople'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 like these.

The movie tells a story about sixty artists that in February 1971 boarded a train and embarked 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 the isolated areas, as part of the 40th measure of Salvador Allende's program. He wanted to establish 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 of people that travels to Palestine to study the lives of locals that are facing expropriations of their lands and infringements of human rights on a daily basis. The Basque travelers 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 encompass it perfectly.

Final day of the festival on Saturday

After these two movies that covered such important large-scale problems, we are going to move our focus to equally important local issues. The last category of the Valencian documentary film festival Mov(i)e Activism is Housing and Community. Two movies are part of this category; one is from Italy and the other from Spain.

The last movie of the festival – A Bordo! – is a work of Javier Hedrosa, the member of our team that made the Valencian edition possible. After the movie participants will have the occasion to talk to the author, but also to enjoy the vegan dinner and craft beers offered at La Fusteria.

To conclude the festival in great style, there will be a rap concert with two bands and an MC. Resiliência (Barcelona, Spain), Antítesi (Valencia, Spain) and Mc Gibigi (Valencia, Spain) will make you dance through this final night and celebrate with us the end of the first edition of the Valencia Documentary Film Festival Mov(i)e Activism.