The 5th International Exhibition CineMigrante Barcelona, Film and Training in Human Rights of migrants, has set foot in the city, consolidating itself in the cultural agenda of the city of Barcelona. CineMigrante has managed to deepen its presence as a festival of reference at the cinematographic level, like every year and has reaffirmed its commitment to be a space for interaction and reflection in order to disseminate heterogeneous views about the reality of migrants in our territory and in the world. In this sense, CineMigrante has been, once again, a space recognized by the general public, as well as by social, artistic and cultural referents and organizations and organizations of civil society.
This commitment and growth is demonstrated once again not only in the number of people attending, but in the broadening of the public profile that was present at the Festival: all CineMigrante’s functions were attended by more than 2450 people, making the majority of the functions were developed to full capacity (with 4 sessions sold out) reaching a total of 9284 participants in its 5 editions held in the city, all with Free and Free Entry.
From the cinematographic language, CineMigrante Barcelona could make special treatment of the migratory theme and human rights by presenting more than 32 films, from 5 continents, and managed to further deepen its proposal, achieving greater dissemination of its activities towards society in general: we developed our central theme section called ‘Black lives matter’ exposed through two curatorial axes: ‘The construction of blackness’ which was developed by the director Billy Woodberry (USA), the feminist Diana McCarty (Germany) ) and Cristina Voto (Argentina); and the second axis called ‘The construction of the villeritud’ cured by the directors Andrea Testa (Argentina) and Cesar González (Argentina); We opened the approach incorporating a new section called ‘Migration and work. The world precarizado ‘, presented next to the special section.
This year we had the opportunity to count on the presence of international guests, all important references in the cinematographic field, as well as in the field of decolonial thinking and the defense of human rights, among which the presence of director César González stands out ( Argentina), with whom we developed a meeting / workshop together with youth organizations from Barrio del Raval who work from the cinema to tell their life stories; from the director and producer Pierre-Alain Meier (Switzerland), who presented for the first time in Barcelona the digital restoration of the emblematic film of the African cinema ‘Hyènes’ by director Djibril Diop Mambety; and of the trade unionist Aboubakar Soumahoro (Italy) who shared with other organizations and referents his experience in organizing and defending the rights of migrants present in Italy.
We also had the presence of the singer and director Abd Al Malik, who, thanks to the Institut Français de Barcelona, participated in the 5th Festival with his premiere film ‘Qu’Allah bénisse la France’. Outstanding musician and international reference for his work around the necessary recognition of a decolonial identity, Adb Al Malik presented his film and made an open interview to the public in which, together with Ken Province (United Minds), he shared his musical and cinematographic experience , allowing us to reflect on the current conditions in colonial countries for the egalitarian perception of rights and the ways in which an identity of oppression and exclusion is constructed for thousands of people historically present in those territories. His presence also involved a meeting with young migrants who, through Rap and Hip Hop, find an artistic path to develop their life in Europe.
All the screenings of the films were accompanied by diverse presentations by the filmmakers and cultural referents, who answered questions from the audience; activities that served to bring the general public closer to a topic generally addressed in a way that criminalizes stigmatizes the migratory presence in the city as well as achieving a meeting between civil society organizations, professionals and the general public through the work of these referents internationally unavoidable of a generation of new filmmakers in contemporary cinema.
As every year, CineMigrante accompanied his film proposal with spaces for reflection and advocacy on migration and effective enforcement of rights, developing 5 Conferences and advocacy meetings where exponents and people with a distinguished career in the defense of human rights participated, such as Aboubakar Soumahoro (USB, Italy) Kokovi Tété (Platform fruita amb social justice, Lleida), Daouda Dieye (Popular union of street vendors, Barcelona), César González (Director and poet, Argentina), Enrique Mtz Reguera (Philosopher, pedagogue and writer Madrid) and Sara Olcina Vilaplana (Harraga), Ainhoa Nadia Douhaibi (Social educator specializing in institutional racism devices, Barcelona), Grace Leonora Turtle (Strategic and experiential futurist designer whose practice aims to decolonize future fictions), Andreu Belsunces Gonçalves (Sociologist of design and technology; Barcelona), Karo Moret Miranda (History Dor, PhD in Afro-Atlantic History), Sally Fenaux Barleycorn (Filmmaker). The topics addressed generated a space that allowed interaction between institutions, organizations and collectives, as well as the inclusion of new themes, modes of action and work derived from the dialogues generated with new subjects that participated in the sample.
At the same time, CineMigrante Barcelona has had the pleasure of premiering the photographic exhibition Hair Stories by Sol Bela Mele and Black Guiris by Ivonne González.
CineMigrante Barcelona has developed its activities mainly in the Center Civico Pati Llimona, Casal in the neighborhood of Pou de la Figuera, Palau Alòs, Ateneu del Raval, Zumzeig Cinema, UAB, University of Barcelona, Institut Français de Barcelona and the Goethe Institute.
As always, all activities have had free and free entry, thus allowing access for all types of public. For the same purpose, a series of activities developed in the outdoor venues have also been organized in this fifth exhibition: Plaza Sant Just and Plaza Felip Neri (Gothic quarter), Plaza del Pou de la Figuera (Sant Pere neighborhood, St. Caterina and the Ribera).
The 5th International CineMigrante Barcelona Exhibition was held thanks to the support of the Guné Foundation, the Barcelona City Council, the Cívic Pati Llimona Center, the Casal de Barri del Pou de La Figuera, the Institut Français and the Goethe Institute.
Sharing a diversity of stories, multiple journeys and different destinies, we were able to account for a common essence: the natural action of moving (and organizing) before what oppresses us, conditions us or simply does not let us live in the necessary conditions. And that the movement seems to be essential to establish what our bodies ‘are’. And that although there seems to be a concrete relationship between the ways we know so far of building our identities and territory, the presence of / the other, the irruption of the strange, transcends the walls, showing that we are all others and that nothing exists in pure state. And, therefore, breaking down borders seems to be one of the ways to abolish property; and the body in motion the essence of that abolition.
Contributing to this, then, CineMigrante continues, follows its course of natural movement, undertaking the challenge of new ways in order to generate a space without any border for the collective development; a continuous movement of an identity that is (dis) shaped in somatic memory that does not forget the scars of a system of oppression that conditions our ways of being, of doing; to live and to access rights, according to their watertight identity categories that separate us by gender, nationality, ethnicity, belief, cosmogony; and that our body recovers its subjective force in the act of crossing that concrete exponent that demarcates our place in the world, overturning the historical oppression, determined and consolidated. A movement like rebellion, persistent struggle for occupation, power that summarizes the search for an equality not given; Libertarian fact, insurrection, universal.
Thank you then to each one of you for being CineMigrante.