"I won silence and darkness." This could sum up the intense vital journey of Gennet Corcuera, protagonist of 'My name is Gennet', the last film by the director and producer Miguel Ángel Tobías. The film, which is the first incursion of the filmmaker in the field of fiction after a long career in social documentary film and committed, is released in cinemas next April 5.
Based on a true story, 'My name is Gennet' tells the story of Gennet Corcuera, from her childhood, before being abandoned in a reception center in Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia, to become the first deafblind person to obtain a university degree in Europe. The film, which has been shot in Spain and Ethiopia, is starring Gennet Corcuera, Miriam Diaz-Aroca, Angela Molina, Miki Molina, Zewdu W. Mariam and Miguel Ángel Tobías himself, and has the participation of RTVE and collaboration of Telefonic Foundationa and Story Stories That Should Be Told.
"Since I got to know Gennet's story in the media when he graduated,I knew it was a great story that deserved to be taken to the big screen. In principle it was going to be a documentary film, until I met Gennet. After many hours of conversation with her, knowing the history of her entire life, I realized that this had to be addressed from a large fiction project. I consulted with Gennet, because I wanted her to be the actress of the whole adult stage, and my surprise was that she said yes, and it will be a surprise for all the spectators because her performance is spectacular ".
The involvement of Fundación Telefónica
In the words of its general director, Carmen Morenés, Fundación Telefónica "has seen in this film an epic history of inclusive education, which shows the importance of working so that no one loses the adventure of education. , now Gennet is teacher of deafblind people, and the virtuous chain of inclusive education continues ".
"Of course, 'My name is Gennet' is also, adds Morenés, an exciting story about solidarity, eagerness to improve, and visibility of disability that puts face to the group of deafblind people, who are 100,000 in Spain, all of them values that we share in Fundación Telefónica, for that reason we decided to get involved in the production and diffusion of this film ".
Only in Europe there are 3 million Deafblind people; there are no reliable data worldwide. In Spain this group is made up of 100,000 people. Deafblindness is one of the great disabilities of our day and also the most unknown. Deafblind people have specific needs and require personalized attention to progress. Only when you experience it personally or when you live closely with people who have this disability can you understand the isolation and suffering of living without knowing what is happening around you, disconnected from such basic areas as access to information, education, professional training, work, social relations or cultural activity.
"My name is Gennet will contribute, is to sensitize society about what is the deafblindness and everything that this group is able to achieve with the necessary resources," explains Miguel Ángel Tobías. Gennet is an example of overcoming so admirable, that the perspective of the problems changes for anyone to see the film. In addition, 10% of the profits of the film will go to the Federation of Deafblind Associations of Spain (FASOCIDE).
A real story
Gennet Corcuera is 38 years old. He is Ethiopian. He does not see, he does not hear, and he has no sense of smell. With only 2 years, after becoming deafblind due to an infection, she is abandoned in an orphanage. It was 1984, and Ethiopia, a place plagued by hunger and misery. It could have been the end, but destiny saves Gennet. Carmen Corcuera crosses her life and decides to adopt her and bring her to Spain. She starts studying at a special education school of the ONCE, where for the first time she lives with people like her, where she learns to communicate through the sign language and where she is allowed to develop. She takes a 7.2 in Selectivity and arrives at the University, where she studies Special Education, becoming the first European Deafblind person to obtain a university degree. She currently works as a special educator in the only residential center specialized in deafblindness in Spain.
About Miguel Ángel Tobías
The director and producer Miguel Ángel Tobías He is a producer, director, screenwriter and actor. Creator of 'Spaniards in the world', which produces, directs and presents in its first stage (2003-2004). With his production company ACCA MEDIA, and his particular style, Miguel Ángel has been traveling the world with his cameras for 15 years, showing experiences, telling life stories through his programs, documentary series and film documentaries. DESTINO EUROPA, MADRID IN MY SUITCASE or LA RAYA (2013, History Channel) stand out among its success formats, of which it has been creator, producer, director and presenter. He is also the producer and director of the citizen action docushow EFECTO CIUDADANO (2013, TVE).
Committed to the diffusion of values, citizen awareness and mobilization, also dedicates enormous resources to the production of social, solidarity and charitable documentaries that promote universal values such as justice, solidarity, peace: SUEÑOS DE HAITI (2011), GURBA, LA CONDENA (2014) - awarded at the International Film Festival of the Sahara (FISAHARA 2016) -, RISING NEPAL (2016), SHOWS OF SILENCE (pending release), THE SCREEN OF YOUR LIFE (documentary in production on the ability of human beings to overcome adversity through the life of a group of young people). For two years, he has been working on a large international documentary film project to raise awareness of the consequences of hunger in the world: THE FACES OF HUNGER.
In December 2016 he premiered in Mexico THE CHAOS AND THE ORDER, a documentary film, directed and produced by him, about the life and work of the painter and sculptor
Manuel Felguérez. Finally, he has just shot the feature film THE SECRET OF IBOSIM on the island of Ibiza, his second foray into the field of fiction after ME LLAMO GENNET.
Fundación Telefónica, the social side of the digital era
Fundación Telefónica has been working since 1998 to be a catalyst for social inclusion in the digital era, mobilizing other social agents, to join forces and promote the transformation. With this vision, it seeks to improve the development opportunities of people, through educational, social and cultural projects. It works in 4 strategic lines: Education, betting on its quality as a vehicle for social transformation, exploring, inspiring and transforming teaching models to end the educational gap, with projects such as ProFuturo or EnlightED; Employability, helping young people find job opportunities and training in the most demanded technological profiles; Digital Culture, creating and sharing cultural and technological knowledge through different initiatives related to science, innovation, art and learning STEAM; and Corporate Volunteering, mobilizing through Telefónica Volunteers our employees, present in 32 countries, to carry out solidarity actions that respond to social needs.