Spanish in Motion Screenings

At each screening the Spanish team elaborate different language activities that can be used in the classroom to prepare students for each screening.

LSE students will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the Spanish world beyond the classroom. It benefits students who are already fluent in Spanish, as well as those taking Spanish courses at the Language Centre.

Screenings| are open to the public. The aim is to promote greater understanding of Spanish speaking societies and to outreach to the international community that exists at LSE community and beyond.


For this academic year, the Spanish in Motion team organises the screening of Dying for dreams  (Morir de sueños, 2011, 30´) by Clemente Bernad|.


For the academic year 2011-2012, the Spanish Section organizes the V Edition of Spanish in Motion. This year we will screen two documentaries under the title: El color con que se mira (The crystal that one looks through). This 5th Edition presents two characters full of contradictions: the city of Havana and footballer and all-round legend Diego Armando Maradona.

Suite Havana (Suite Habana, 84”, 2003, Fernando Pérez)|. Is Havana a fascinating city or just a pile of rubble?

Maradona (90”, 2008, Emir Kusturica, in Spanish with subtitles in English)|. Is Maradona “the hand of God” or a fallen idol?

As the Spanish poet Ramón de Campoamor famously wrote: 'In this treacherous world nothing is either truth or lie; everything depends on the colour of the crystal that one looks through.'

This fifth edition of Spanish in Motion is accompanied by linguistic activities.


For the academic year 2010-2011, the Spanish Section organizes the fourth edition of Spanish in Motion|. This year we will screen two documentaries under the title: Marching History: Images Against Oblivion. Both films deal with two forgotten marches, one in Spain and the other in Mexico, which were important historical events.

The eight thousand people column (La columna de los 8000, 66”, 2005, in Spanish with English subtitles)
|The documentary rescues a forgotten bloody episode that took place in the south-western Spanish province of Badajoz during the first months of the Spanish Civil War.

Walkers (Caminantes, 60”, 2002, in Spanish)
|It’s the winter of 2001 and the life of a small indigenous village in the heart of the Purepeche plateau is disturbed when news arrive that the march called by the Zapatista Liberation Army is going to cross its dirt paved streets on their way to Mexico City.


The three screenings this year focus on a common topic: Domesticating opinion: Propaganda and Censorship.

East of Havana by the Cuban-American film makers Jauretsi Saizarbitoria and Emilia Menocal (82”, 2006, in Spanish with English subtitles)|
This controversial documentary, produced by the actress Charlize Theron, is a close-up on the lives of three young rappers compelled to address their generation’s future from the confines of a Cuban ghetto.

Prototype for a good emigration by the visual artist Josep Maria Martín (Prototipo para una buena emigración, 25", 2005. In Spanish)|
In the documentary, Josep-Maria tells about a project he carried out within InSite_05, an artistic event developed in the complex context between San Diego, USA and Tijuana, Mexico, in the border between the two countries.

Songs for after a war (Canciones para después de una guerra, 102”, 1971, in Spanish with English subtitles) by Basilio Martín Patino|
In this fascinating documentary, the Spanish film director presents a collage of images, voices and songs to tell us about the Spanish Civil War, the post-war and Franco. It is an emotive and playful but implacable portrait of that period.


The three screenings this year focus on a common topic: Family and Memory. In each of these films the film makers present a portrait of their respective families which is actually an excuse to show different aspects of the history of their countries of origin: Chile, Spain and Uruguay.

Documentary in Spanish by Uruguayan film maker Maiana Bidegain; Secretos de Lucha (2006)
|Maiana investigates the hidden memory of her family during the dark period of the Uruguayan military dictatorship.

Film in Spanish by Spanish Director Carlos Ruis Carmona; Portrait (Retrato, 83", 2004) |
In this black and White film, Carlos R. constructs a fascinating documentary about his parents, which is also a portrait of a whole Spanish generation, those who married “till death do us part”.

Video Essay in Spanish by Chilean Artist Ingrid Wildi; Does Mrs Eliana M live here?; ¿Aquí vive la señora Eliana M.? (2003)
|The work is literally the artist's search for her mother who abandoned the family when she was little. 


Documentary in English and Spanish by British film director Holly Aylett; Tales Beyond Solitude (1989) |
This film travels the landscapes of North East Colombia in search of the spirit of magical realism The film won first prize in foreign documentary at the Havana Film Festival.

Documentary in Spanish by British film director Steve Bowles, La Generación Guernica (2003)
|This documentary tells the extraordinary story of the thousands of children evacuated during the Civil War.

Documentaries in Spanish by Cuban director Lizette Vila
|Three documentaries presented by this award winning documentary producer. Lizette Vila was also president of the Cuban Association of Cinema, Radio and Television. 

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