Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sergi Doladé, director de MEDIMED DocsMarket, opina sobre Los Colonos del Caudillo

Sergi Doladé, director de MEDIMED DocsMarket de Sitges, opina sobre Los Colonos del Caudillo:

"Anoche vi LOS COLONOS y no puedo más que felicitaros por un trabajo riguroso y emocionante, no solo por lo que cuenta sino por cómo lo contáis. No se ha hecho todavía en España la revisión histórica que proponéis y como se dice en el docu, seguramente el momento ya pasó. Aunque algunos lo piensen, nunca es tarde para revisar la Historia y vosotros lo hacéis desde abajo, desde la VIDA, desde la misma REALIDAD. Ocurre que en este sitio llamado España, seguimos ignorando lo que de verdad ocurrió y destapar esa ignorancia tan instalada y tan aceptada es lo mejor de la película. ¡Destapáis la gran verdad! TVE tiene que poner esta película, la tiene que poner, para que la gente sepa de esta película. Y debería estar nominada para los Goya."

Sergi Doladé, director of the MEDIMED DocsMarket in Sitges, expresses why this historic film is a relevant contribution:

“Last night I watched Franco’s Settlers and I have to congratulate you on a rigorous and emotional film, not only because of the story but also because of how this story is told. In Spain this revision of history never has been made and like someone states in the movie “maybe it is already too late”. Even if some people might think that, I believe it is never too late to revise history. It is you as filmmakers who do it from the ground up, from life itself, from reality. What happens here is that this place called Spain we as people keep ignoring what really occurred. And that is the best achievement of the film how you unveil this ignorance, an ignorance we Spaniards have fully accepted and take for granted. You unveil the big truth! Spanish public TV has to broadcast this film so that people know about it. And the film should be nominated for a GOYA (Spain’s Oscar).”

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Dominik Wessely über Franco's Settlers

"Francos Siedler" ist ein fabelhafter Film! Habe ihn mir gestern Abend angesehen und bin bis zum Ende drangeblieben - obwohl ich todmüde war. Für mich war es - wie wahrscheinlich für viele hierzulande - ein Augenöffner und eine Geschichtslehrstunde aller erster Güte. Mein bisschen Schulwissen und die wenigen eigenen Erinnerungen (z.B. der Parlamentsputsch 1981, das lief damals auch im deutschen Fernsehen) haben ja nur bruchstückhafte Kenntnisse dieses Teils der spanischen Geschichte zugelassen. Der Film füllt diese Lücke auf wunderbare Weise, und Wahnsinn ist natürlich auch, wie Ihr am Schluß den Bogen in die Gegenwart schlagt! Gruselig!
Natürlich ist der Film von der Form her ein "klassischer" Dokumentarfilm, was mich aber in keiner Weise stört, weil ich finde, dass Ihr dem Thema angemessen mit der Form umgeht. Aber ich kann mir lebhaft die Bedenkenträger in den Sendern vorstellen, die immer auf der Suche nach der modischsten aller Säue sind. Es ist absolut beschämend, finde ich, wenn sich das öffentlich-rechtliche Fernsehen da nicht zuständig fühlt. 
(Dominik Wessely, Autor & Regisseur & Professor für Dokumentarfilmregie an der ifs - internationale filmschule köln)

“Franco’s Settlers" is a fabulous film. I saw it last night and had to watch it until the very end. To me it was an eye opener and a first class history lesson. The little I had learned in school and the little I knew from the media (the military coup in 1981 was on German TV) gave me only a small glimpse of Spanish history. The film brilliantly fills this lack of information. And it is absolutely amazing how the film at the end takes us right to the current political situation in Spain. Very creepy.
(Dominik Wessely, filmmaker and professor of documentary filmmaking at Cologne International Film School)

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

play loud! helps to save local San Francisco radio station KUSF

Rated: NR    Runtime: 138 mins.
Monday, April 9
In a secret three-way deal the University of San Francisco (USF) entered into a contract to sell KUSF 90.3 FM a year ago last January. Tonight is a benefit for SAVE KUSF, a group that is imploring the FCC to block the sale, the closure of which has been encouragingly held up for over one year. So as Brad's mom strongly encourages: come rock like a f*** in’ maniac! Tonight’s entertainment includes:

Monks - The Transatlantic Feedback
The monks were 5 American GI’s in cold war Germany who billed themselves as the anti-Beatles; they were heavy on feedback, nihilism and electrical banjo. Dietmar Post’s genre-blending doc illustrates the pop music phenomenon in its political, social and cultural historic contexts, while also revealing the monks project as the first marriage between art and popular music, months before Andy Warhol showed up with the Velvet Underground. Dir: Dietmar Post and Lucia Palacios 2006, 100 min, USA /Germany/Spain.

Cloven Hoofed
A simple, disturbing and great short film by Monks director, Dietmar Post, Based on the play by Michael O'Donnell. 1998, 16mm, 12 min, USA /Germany/Spain.

Crime + Punishment
An abbreviated history of politics and dissent from the Eisenhower Reagan eras by Stephen Parr / Oddball Film + Video. 18 mins.

Admission. $10.00. Additional donations accepted & encouraged. Festivities commence at 7:30pm!
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