Tired of the stereotypical image of Barcelona in the movies? The Miradocs Documentary Film Festival returns to Barcelona to try to change this view, focusing the camera on the Barcelona of Barcelonians. At Casa Elizalde (C / Valencia 302) from January 14 to 23, 2015, Miradocs presents an alternative look at a city famous for its visitors and not as much for its inhabitants. With topics such as the exportation of the Barcelona tourism model to the neighborhood struggle in the Barceloneta neighborhood, the fifth edition of this film festival will screen from Tuesday to Friday at 7:30 pm, with free entrance for all.
One of the highlights of the cycle is the Master’s class given by producer and director Lluís Miñarro on January 20, which is titled “Com dir-te adéu,” and that each film will feature a discussion with the corresponding director following the screening. Director María Aguilera Reche will open the curtain of Miradocs 2015 with her documentary ¡A un dólar, a un dólar!, on the international impact of the Barcelona tourism paradigm. On January 15, there are the productions Huellas de ausencia y Mala llet, introduced by the School of Cinema and Audiovisual de Catalunya (ESCAC) and whose storylines revolve around family relationships.
On Friday, January 16, the documentary El barri s’ha de defensar, a retrospective of neighborhood quarrels between the inhabitants of the Barceloneta last summer and on January 21, filmmaker David Batlle presents his films A conserveira y Port Trade Portrait, about a cannery and the old port of Barcelona, respectively. The actress and director Silvia Munt is responsible for closing the 2015 Miradocs with her documentary Mones com la Beckly. Written and directed by Joaquim Jordà and Nuria Villaza in 1972, the film follows the steps of a chimpanzee named Becky, which is first presented as a gentle animal and then becomes an aggressive beast. In addition, during this new edition the Miquel Porter Prize will be awarded to best documentary, with the aim of rewarding the work of film societies and non-professional productions.
If you plan on visiting Barcelona during this time, don’t miss the opportunity to catch some films at the Miradocs Documentary Film Festival. A more local Barcelona is waiting!