The film festival IberoDocs is back with 15 documentaries from 11 countries

IberoDocs, Ibero-American Documentary Film Festival Scotland, is back for its 4thedition in Edinburgh to celebrate rich and thought provoking stories from Ibero-America. The event, which will run from the 10th to the 14th of May in the Filmhouse. 14 of the documentaries to be screened are premieres in Scotland and one will be seen for the first time in Europe.

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IberoDocs 2017 – Filmmakers Daniel García and Aurelio Medina to Present their Documentary about Dennis Hopper’s Most Mysterious Movie

Hollywood didn’t like Dennis Hopper‘s third work, ‘The Last Movie’. In fact, he was banned from directing for ten years after its presentation. Its surrealistic touches, its unconventional narrative and its experimental nature fitted neither the canons of Universal Pictures nor those of the wider audience. Despite being generally disliked, it has inspired other cinematographic works. This is the case of ‘Rest in peace, Mr Hopper’, a documentary penned by Spanish filmmakers Aurelio Medina and Daniel García, that will part of the program of IberoDocs 2017 (10-14 May) with several screenings a a workshop on editing an postproduction. 

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IberoDocs 2017 – The Gaze of Salamanca: Ricardo Íscar Masterclass

The fourth edition of IberoDocs, the first showcase for Ibero-American culture in Scotland, focused on documentary films by Spanish, Portuguese and Latin-American filmmakers, is back on May 10-14. The new edition of the festival, in collaboration with Scottish Documentary Institute, will introduce a masterclass with the master of documentaries Ricardo Íscar on Friday 12th May at Edinburgh College of Art. The filmmaker will shed light on his techniques, revealing how the fixed shot can be the art of narration. The capital of Scotland will be observed in a way it has never been before by the gaze of Salamanca.

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Betwixt and between? Greek and Spanish Migrants Having Lived in Scotland since the 1960s

In this article Konrad Lawson, School of History, University of St Andrews and Nikolaos Papadogiannis, School of History and Archaeology of Bangor University, outline their participatory research on Greek and Spanish migration in Scotland. 

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Ben Rawlence, writer: “Living in a refugee camp imposes a kind of limit on the possibilities of life”

Dadaab Refugee Camp has existed in Northern Kenya desert for 25 years. It was originally created to provide shelter for 90,000 Somalian refugees who fled their country during the civil war in the 90s. Currently, it contains over 500,000 people and is the biggest refugee camp in the world. Despite its long history and huge size, we don’t hear much about Dadaab. In 2010, the British writer Ben Rawlence visited it for the first time as part of his work for the Human Rights Watch. He went back in 2011, beggining an  exploration of the place over a period of four years. This research resulted in City of Thorns, a book that presents the reality of Dadaab refugees through the lives of nine of its inhabitants.

Ben Rawlence will present City of Thorns tomorrow at the Edinburgh Book Festival as part of Migrant Stories series of events (10:30am-11:30am at Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre)

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Roland Gulliver: “Immigrants have been stigmatised and dehumanised”

Immigration will be a central topic at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival (13th – 29th August). ‘Migrant Stories’ (11th – 29th August) is one thought-provoking theme at the festival and attendees will be able to discover stories and projects from various different countries.

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Letter from a Colombian Immigrant in Scotland

We first met Zulma at a bilingual event held by Scottish organisation People Know How, whose aim is to support the inclusion of Spanish-speaking people in Scotland. Zulma – a Colombian national living in Edinburgh – shared her experiences of being an immigrant with those at the event. This letter is a testimony of her integration into a new culture and her learning of a new language, in a city thousands of miles away from her home town.

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‘Shared Heritage, Shared Future’ Connecting Spanish and Scottish Cultures Through History and Social Innovation

The Scottish charity People Know How (PKH) is coordinating a participative project in Edinburgh to unearth the historic bonds between Scotland and Spain by interviewing Scottish holidaymakers who visited Spain from the 1950s to the 1980s. PKH runs other projects to help people fulfil their potential including integrating the large Spanish-speaking community living in Scotland. The non-governmental organisation is now recruiting volunteers to help in this investigation.

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