22 May Iberodocs goes back to the roots and community with Etxea, Humano and The Plague

by Eva Yera

Crisis -either economic or existential- and identity are common elements to all three films of the IberoDocs Main Programme on Sunday 24th screening at Glasgow CCA.

The day will start at 3:30pm with Etxea: the Basque word for home, by Basharat Khan. A documentary that shows how neighborhood and community life, reborn’s in a small village in the Basque Country thanks to its inhabitants: a Scottish man, two old women and a group of squatters who just moved to this little town trying to stop the end of its rural life. Solidarity and recovery of tradition (in the purest sense of the word) is the result of this selfless alliance. A community that ends up building their own, and shared home.

The relationship with tradition is also addressed in Humano, by Alan Stivelman. In this case the director and protagonist, a 25-years-old young man, starts off a quest to try to find himself through the Andes, packed with lots of questions. It’s in the mountains where he meets and connects with the ancient cultures of which there are still many vestiges, not only materials, but also valuable life lessons: “if you want to learn about humanity, first you have to be human”. To find out all the answers just see the film on Sunday 24th at 5:30 pm at Glasgow CCA.

Iberodocs goes back to the roots and community with Etxea2

The highlight comes at 8:00pm with The Plague, by Ballús Neus, a film premiered at the Berlinale in 2013 and coming now to Scotland for the first time thanks to IberoDocs. Again, solidarity and sense of community in times of crisis build this script whose main characters play themselves, after four years working closely alongside the director. They are people from different backgrounds, different careers and different levels of acceptance by society. This is a story of crossed lives converging at Raul’s country house, where this farmer tries to harvest ecologic products and where these people find a place for tolerance.

Dozens of awards and nominations at festivals ‘The Plague’, spreads a message like the two preceding movies, against the nowadays hedonistic individualism. Perhaps to recover the words of Boris Pasternak, author of Doctor Zhivago, “an unshared happiness is not happiness”.