18 APRIL TO 23 MAY
FRIDAY 18 APRIL, 9 pm
De nens (For children), by Joaquim Jordà, 2004
The history of Barcelona’s Barrio Chino, or red-light district, from the period of the Transition from dictatorship to democracy to the present day, and the neighbourhood’s resistance against the destruction and gentrification of the revamped Raval district. Also exposed in this context is a case of paedophilia that shocked Barcelona in the nineties. The trial ended with only two prison sentences, but many innocent people were scarred for life.
FRIDAY 25 APRIL, 9 pm
El Forat (The hole), by Chema Falconetti Peña, 2004
A real estate agency, charged with restructuring various areas in the old centre of Barcelona, expropriated several blocks of flats in the Ribera quarter at rock-bottom prices. This new vacant space, where houses had previously stood, was named El Forat de la Vergonya (The shameful hole) by people in the neighbourhood. It was their way of denouncing a situation considered degrading for various reasons, and the beginning of a long territorial struggle that continues to this day.
FRIDAY 2 MAY, 9 pm
Barcelona 2006: L’any del civisme (Barcelona 2006: The civic year), by Jordi Oriola, 2007
In 2006 the Barcelona City Council implemented a municipal bylaw to maintain the peace and quiet of the area. The bylaw was approved following an intense social debate on antisocial behaviour in the city. This documentary explores the controversy that ensued by giving voice to the citizens, those affected
by the law and the politicians. Against all this, a debate on law and order.
Sombras Xinas (Chinese shadows), by Raquel García Muñoz, Francesco Salvini, Míriam Sol i Torelló, Clarisa Velocci and Mamadou Diagne, from the collective
During the construction of Barcelona’s Filmoteca (Film Theatre) old grudges were dug up by exposing the opinions of those who lived in the area, rumours on the life of the Raval and a crisscross of alternative stories.
Roquetes: Memòries que fan barri (Roquetes. Memories from a neighbourhood), by Laura Villaplana and Jordi Oriola, 2011
Roquetes has a long history as a neighbourhood. Its origins lie in the struggle and achievements of its inhabitants and the way these shaped their identity as a neighbourhood. But times change and so do people’s needs. How will this powerful collective memory affect today’s new challenges?
FRIDAY 9 MAY, 9 pm
El barri s’ha de defensar (The neighbourhood must be defended), by Cristina Mora and Neus Ràfols, 2013
Chronicle of the struggles that people in the Barceloneta have conducted since 2005 with the so-called Pla dels Ascensors (Lift Plans) – that would have evicted over one thousand families – to today’s demonstrations against the redevelopment of the Port Vell. It is the resistance of a neighbourhood, originally made up of workers and fishermen, against their area becoming a thematic park for tourists.
Encaixonats (Boxed in), by Marta Saleta, 2011
The loss of streets, homes and the old way of life in the neighbourhood of Vallcarca. One of its inhabitants is being relocated and we accompany him during his last few months in the home where he has lived for the last fifty years. We get to know the areas that are destined to disappear and the people who are still running the Plataforma Salvem Vallcarca (Save Vallcarca Platform), as well as other neighbours who live and work there.
FRIDAY 16 MAY, 9 pm
Fragmentos de una fábrica en desmontaje (Fragments of dismantled factory), by Roberto García Rodríguez, Guillermo Beluzo and Isaac Marrero-Guillamón, 2007
Can Ricart was a textile factory during the nineteenth century. An industrial complex housing a variety of workshops and studios in the twentieth century. At the start of the twenty-first century, the Pla 22@ (22@ Plan) earmarked its demolition to make room for the construction of office blocks. A lawsuit followed.
La Bomba Ninja (The Ninja bomb), by Li Zompantli, 2013
An old industrial building in Barcelona’s Poblenou has been turned into a shelter and workplace for various people coming mostly from black Africa. There they denounce their living and working conditions, the segregation and aggression to which they are subjected. They offer us a clear depiction of social
discrimination in the city where they live.
Aquí es aparcamiento (This is a car park), by the collective Taller de Ficció, 2012
This audiovisual piece ‘colonises’ the car park underneath Plaça de Las Navas. Based on real telephone conversations, the voices of the clients belong, nevertheless, to characters constructed in our workshop, personifying precariousness, the obsession with security and the area’s gentrification. The relation between fiction and reality exposes the tension between the need to normalise urban spaces and the forces against it.
FRIDAY 23 MAY, 9 pm
Ciutat morta (Dead city), by Xavier Artigas and Xapo Ortega, 2013
Who was Patricia Heras? Why did she commit suicide? And what’s more important: is Barcelona to blame for her death? An act of disobedience, with a strong symbolic content and powerful media impact, trying to expose, through Patricia’s story, the other face of Barcelona, the dead city.