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Spanish in Motion: hijos de las nubes

Hosted by the Language Centre, the Cervantes Institute (London) and the Cañada Blanch Centre (LSE)

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE,

Speakers

Álvaro Longoria

Spanish director and producer

Bahia Awad

writer and honorary professor of social anthropology at Madrid Autonomous University

Chair

Rafael Peñas Cruz

Co-ordinating Language Teacher (Spanish)

Sons of the clouds, by Álvaro Longoria (110 minutes, 2012, English subtitles) was filmed in the Sahrawi refugee camps that are home to more than 200,000 people.

Told by the voice of Spanish actor Javier Bardem, the documentary explores the social and political situation in Western Sahara. It combines archive footage, interviews and animations to tell the troubled history of this territory since Spain renounced its colonial power in 1975.

Sons of the clouds listens to the accounts of former political leaders in France, the United States and the UN, as well as to key figures within the Saharawi people in order to help us understand their present situation and how they got there.

This documentary won the Goya Award for Best Spanish Documentary film in 2013.

After the screening there will be a Q&A session, in Spanish, with the director of the documentary, Álvaro Longoria, and with the Sahrawi poet Bahia Awad.

Speakers

Álvaro Longoria is a Spanish director and producer. He is the founder of Morena Films and has produced Che, el argentino (2008), Habitación en Roma (2010), La zona (2007) and the documentary Comandante directed by Oliver Stone. In 2012, he directed and produced (together with Javier Bardem) the documentary Sons of the clouds, the last colony. In 2015, he released his second documentary as director The Propaganda Game, where he uncovered the social reality in North Korea under the government of Kim Jong-un. For more information on A.Longoria https://morenafilms.com/en/

Bahia Awad is a writer and honorary professor of social anthropology at Madrid Autonomous University. He was born in the nineteen-sixties in Tiris, in the Southern part of Western Sahara. He studied at the Universities of Havana and Madrid, where he now lives. He belongs to a group of Sahrawi writers who express themselves in Spanish. For more information on B. Awad https://www.bahiaawah.net/biografía/

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