Like the best fashion houses, the Galician Film Forum has its spring-summer collection ready to go. Despite the pandemic, we’re really happy to be able to announce two new events, both made possible by the Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs at the Embassy of Spain in London. We’ll be holding the events online while we continue to wait for our longed-for normality to return.
The first event will coincide with the Day of Galician Letters. Between 15 and 23 May, we will be screening Nación, the latest film by Margarita Ledo, on our Vimeo channel. The film, which is still showing in cinemas, includes archival footage as well as fictional scenes to tell the story of the women who worked at Pontesa and fought against the factory shutting down in the 1990s. It’s a real call for female solidarity and won the prize for Best Director of a Spanish Film at the Festival de Sevilla in 2020 as well as the award for Best Documentary at the Mestre Mateo in 2021.
The screening will be limited to those in the UK and will cost £3.95. We will also be hosting an online Q&A session with Margarita Ledo which will be free and open to all – keep an eye on our social media to find out when and where to join us for that.
A few months later to celebrate the Day of Galicia, we will be screening two films that reflect on identity and migration. Between 12 and 25 July, you will be able to watch the feature-length film Manoliño Neguema by the director Antonio Grunfeld who is from Alicante. This film follows the actor Marcelo Ndgog who arrived in Galicia from Equatorial Guinea in the 1960s with an artistic grant to train at the Cidade dos Muchachos. We will also be screening the short film Mbemba en Sansa by Luis Avilés which tells the story of how Mbemba jumped the border fence in Ceuta and now lives in San Sadurniño, leaving behind a difficult reality. Renting both films will cost £3.95 and there will be an online Q&A with the directors.