February 26, 2021

The Social Film Festival debates about migration with ‘Wet letters’

The second edition of the Sample of Social and Community Cinema, SOCO, which will be held from Monday until Sunday, December 20, focuses on the migratory conflict with the screening this Thursday 17, at 8:30 p.m., in the Multicines Monopol, from the documentary Letters wet, by Laura Palacios, who will attend the screening of the film and will participate in a subsequent discussion with the public.

Wet Letters (2020) is a documentary produced by Isabel Coixet that addresses the migratory conflict across the Mediterranean, which won the Audience Award at the Malaga Film Festival, and is nominated among the four finalists for the Forqué award for best documentary , and has aspirations to the Goya.

Following letters written from mothers to sons, the tape accompanies the NGO Open Arms ship on a mission to save 550 people from the shipwreck. The situation worsens when the film is transferred to a Libyan coast guard and takes the viewer to Libya, “one of the most dangerous places where human beings are mistreated and enslaved,” according to the organization of the exhibition.

Organized by the filmmaker and CIMA delegate in the Canary Islands, Alba González de Molina, and the Atlas Gran Canaria Association, this Social and Community Film Festival has titles mostly directed by women: Last Summer (2016), by Leire Apellániz; The teachers of the Republic (2013), by Pilar Pérez Solano; All the women I know (2018), by Xiana do Teixeiro; and Comandante Arián (2018), by Alba Sotorra, in addition to the aforementioned Wet Letters. The program is completed with the Canarian shorts by Octavio Guerra, Pablo Vilas and Marta Torrecilla; and others by Camila Kater and Silvia Carpizo.

The event will have a “hybrid nature” in this edition for health reasons, and will feature online sessions through the online festival celebration platform Festhome, a space where important festivals are being held both nationally and internationally.


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