14 Feb

GFF opens the Scottish film festival’s season with various renowned Ibero-American titles

by Eva Yera Glasgow Film Festival is around the corner, and once again, it has made room for some appealing Ibero-American works. If last year a full strand was devoted to Argentinian cinema, in 2017 they have included six films produced in different countries of Ibero-America. Let’s have a look at them:    Aquarius (Brazil / France) A David-against-Goliath story penned by Brazilian filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho and starring Sônia Braga. She plays Clara, a retired music writer and sole resident of an old building called Aquarius. A construction company wants to buy-out her apartment in order to tear down the block and...

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Join our team!

IberoDocs, the Ibero-American Documentary Film Festival Scotland based in Edinburgh is preparing its 4th edition for 2017. We're seeking for volunteers to fill the following vacancies (although experience in similar roles is not essential for none of them, it is a plus):   Press Secretary [Voluntary/Unpaid Position]   We are looking for an energetic Press Secretary to be part of our team. Starting asap, you will be responsible for the day-to-day coordination of PR and communications activity in support of IberoDocs 4th Edition (May 2017). Ideally, you will bring with you contacts in media and social media from Scotland and the UK, along with some...

Kori, a deaf boy, and Caramel, a camel who is his best friend, leave in a refugees camp in Sahara Desert
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Four titles compete for Best Short Documentary at the Goyas, the main Spanish film awards

by Eva Yera Spain is getting ready for its main annual film celebration, the Goya Awards. This year, it will take place in February 4, when the best of the Spanish and Ibero-American cinema of 2016 will be recognized by the Spanish Cinema Academy. One of these categories is Best Short Documentary, for which four titles have been nominated: ‘Talking heads’, ‘Esperanza’, ‘Palabras de Caramelo’ and ‘The Resurrection Club’. All of them have in common their social and humanistic insight while touching on very different topics. ‘Talking heads’ (Juan Vicente Córdoba, 2016) is a succession of portraits, people of all ages,...

22 Nov

IberoDocs is looking for you!

IberoDocs, the Ibero-American Documentary Film Festival Scotland based in Edinburgh is preparing its 4th edition for 2017. We're seeking for volunteers to fill the following vacancies (although experience in similar roles is not essencial for none of them, it is a plus):   Marketing Executive [Voluntary/Unpaid Position] We are looking for an energetic marketing executive to be part of our team. Starting asap, we want you to help us support the planning and implementation of marketing and communications campaigns for IberoDocs next edition (May 2017). You should be a self-motivator, with excellent written and verbal communication skills and a strong creativity as you will...

20 Oct

Document Festival in Glasgow devotes an entire strand to Mexican cinema

by Eva Yera This year, Document Festival brings a complete programme full of Ibero-American documentaries to CCA Glasgow. The event kicks off this Thursday, October 20, and will last until Sunday 23. Since its establishment in 2003, Scotland's international human rights documentary film festival has showed over 600 films, promoting and raising awareness over subjects such as immigration, women’s rights, war and conflict, self-determination, racism, LGBT rights, and drug and human trafficking among many others. Precisely, the strand called "Desaparecidos: New Mexican Documentary" focuses on the latter topics. Four films -three of which are directed by women- form this section, which presents different...

08 May

On Football

Pedro Vaz Simões Father and Son Following director Sergio Oksman going back to Brazil and trying to reconnect with his estranged father, after decades of being physically and emotionally apart, would always be a delicate position of spectatorship; one of intimacy, voyeurism and, potentially, discomfort. That On Football unfolds with such dramatic restraint and refinement - though at any point indulging in the embellishment or over stylizing of its subjects - is not only necessary to allow its audience to feel part of it and still quietly detached, in an observational position, but also a fair translation of Sergio’s inherent position as...

05 May

The Many Lives of Mr.Silva

Pedro Vaz Simões   “…Vila de Rei, Abrantes, Constância…” -  If the long list of Portuguese towns and villages, recited in the first scene of Rio Corgo, tells us of the path that our wanderer, Mr Silva, takes on in his reconnaissance and conquest - as in finding a place, reclaiming his right - of the territory, then it surely also reflects the scope of that territory and naturally the meagre space bounded by those places - bounded by humans - reflecting on the possibility of a Portuguese western.   Vast natural landscapes, freedom in anonymity, sense of community: the most elementary traits...