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Mr. Paul Ortega “The Invisible Film Festival is an open and current window to what is happening in the world, in each place and in each community”

2023 October 19
  • The Director of eLankidetza-Basque Cooperation Agency, considers social documentary film “as one of the best tools to raise awareness about the need for equality and human solidarity”
  • Opening of the 2023 edition at the Azkuna Center in Bilbao
  • Juan Carlos Vázquez, director of the contest: “We must take action and act together for the common good”

 

Bilbao-Basque Country, 2023 10 19

Mr. Paul Ortega Director of eLankidetza-Basque Cooperation Agency of the Basque Government, attended this afternoon, at Azkuna Centre in Bilbao, the opening of the international social film festival “Invisible Film 2023” with the presence of the singer and composer June Moon and the screening of the short films “Constructores de Sueños-Coumba” from Senegal; “Broken Wings”, from Indonesia; “Arnasa” from Basque Country; “If you wanted me, leave” Spain; and “Imelda is not alone” from El Salvador. Mrs Miren Elgarresta director of Emakunde, and Mr. Xabier Legarreta, director of Migration of the Basque Government, also participated in the event.

 

“This open and current window that the Social Film Festival means to what happens in the world, in each place and in each community, is fundamental,” observed Mr Paul Ortega, who considers documentary film “as one of the best tools to raise awareness about the need for equality and human solidarity.”

 “15 years ago, we launched the International Invisible Film Festival to promote necessary reflection and raise awareness about the challenging challenges facing humanity. "Both to transform the present and to shape the future, we must repair the injustices of the past, but we must also take action and act together for the common good," said Juan Carlos Vázquez, director of the week that will close the October 26th.

 The 64 films will be screened, in addition to Bilbao, in different Basque towns grouped in various sections dedicated to human rights, sustainability, gender equality, interculturality and young clapperboard.

 The awards and sponsorships have been possible thanks to eLankidetza-Basque Development Cooperation Agency of the Basque Government; the General Directorate of Social Cohesion of the Provincial Council of Biscay/Bizkaia; Emakunde-Basque Women's Institute; Area of Equality, Coexistence, Cooperation and Immigration of the Bilbao City Council; the Immigration and Asylum Directorate of the Basque Government; the Culture, Education, Basque and Youth Area of the Barakaldo City Council;  the Biscay/Bizkaia Bar Association; the Cooperation Area of the Getxo City Council; the Office of Development Cooperation of the Basque University UPV/ EHU; and Euskal Irrati Telebista EITB (Basque TV and radio).

 The festival will dedicate its special mentions to the institutes Aixerrota of Getxo and Artaza-Romo (Leioa and Getxo) for their ten years of commitment to the festival, to Rosa Aguilera, Ángel Almaraz, Edurne Elizegi and Marian Mugerza "for their trust and support for KCD ONGD and the International Invisible Film Festival “Film Sozialak” in Bilbao”

 The jury is made up of Carolina De León, Silvia Gutierrez Vallejo, Ricardo Usategi, Santa González, Elisabeth Kassa Zewude, Iker de la Peña Aguirre, Izaskun Astondoa, Begoña Guzmán, Gabriel López, Somaya Amiri, Trinidad Vicente; Iván Francisco Alberto, Iratxe Amiano Bonatxea, Saioa de Miguel, Julio Cuadra, Irantzu García Oliver, Felipe García Esteban, Teresa Campos López, Anais Córdova Páez, Belén Ruiz Soroa and Iñaki Arkotxa.

 The films in competition:

  1. ARNASA Basque Country.
  2. BERAK BALEKI Basque Country
  3. BUSCADORAS: TERESA QUIÑONES Colombia
  4. CAMINOS DE ESPERANZA: GABRIELA Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Basque Country
  5. EL PRIMER BESO Spain
  6. JIBARO Cuba
  7. LAASTE WOORD South Africa
  8. NATAXIK Guatemala, Basque Country
  9. NO CALLAREM, UN FILM PER LA LIBERTAT Spain, Belgie
  10. PUNTO DE ENCUENTRO Chile
  11. SEREMOS MILLONES. Bolivia
  12. EVO Y LA FUERZA DE UN PUEBLO Argentina, Bolivia
  13. THE RIGHT WORDS France
  14. VALS DE SANTO DOMINGO República Dominicana
  15. 24SIETE Spain
  16. ACTOS POR PARTES Spain
  17. AGUR ARTZAI Basque Country
  18. ALEGORÍA Spain
  19. AMALUR Nepal, Etiopía, India, Bangladesh, Senegal, Italy, Indonesia, Turkey, Venezuela, Spain, Cuba, Sri Lanka, Maldivas, Japón, Tailandia
  20. AMUKA-EL DESPESTAR DEL PUEBLO CONGOLÉS Rep. Dem. Congo
  21. BIGGER THAN US France
  22. BROKEN WINGS Indonesia, Singapur, Emiratos Árabes
  23. ERRO BI Basque Country
  24. ESCUTE: ATERRA FOI RASGADAS Brasil
  25. ESTRELLAS DEL DESIERTO Chile
  26. HAU ETXEA BADA Basque Country
  27. HORA PETROLERA México
  28. JAIRAG+MA IGA+ (LAZOS ANCESTRALES) Amazonas, Colombia
  29. L’ARGENT, LA LIBERTÉ, UNE HISTOIRE DU FRANC CFA Senegal, France, Belgie, Germany
  30. LA ILUSIÓN DE LA ABUNDANCIA Belgie, Colombia, Brasil, Germany, Perú, Honduras
  31. LA VIDA ENTRE DOS NOCHES Spain
  32. MARCHER SUR L’EAU Francia, Belgie, Niger
  33. OTORVANNIE Russia
  34. RISE UP Chile, South Africa, USA, Germany, Kurdistán
  35. SOLPOR Spain.
  36. SOMLENG REATREY Camboya. Spain
  37. 1/4 ANTE MERIDIEM México, Germany
  38. ALEGRE Y OLÉ Spain
  39. BRÖDRASKAPET Sweden.
  40. CARMEN, SIN MIEDO A LA LIBERTAD Spain
  41. CHAO DE FÁBRICA / UNA HISTORIA DE OBRERAS Brasil
  42. DERECHOS HUMANOS DE LAS HUMANAS Guatemala, Basque Country.
  43. EL PAÍS DE LAS MUJERES DEL INFRAMUNDO Kurdistán, Irak
  44. IMELDA NO ESTÁ SOLA El Salvador.
  45. INSUMISAS Spain, Sáhara, Swiss.
  46. LA CAJERA Spain
  47. MOTHERTRUCKERS  United Kingdom, Spain
  48. SI ME QUEREI, IRSE Spain.
  49. SIN MIEDO Austria, Spain
  50. CONGUITO Spain
  51. CONSTRUCTORAS DE SUEÑOS - COUMBA Senegal
  52. DOXANDEÉM, LES CHASSEURS DE RÊVES Senegal
  53. IN THE SHADOW OF PIGEON WINGS Turkey, Lebanon
  54. M Spain
  55. MENSAJE ANCESTRAL Colombia
  56. SE VAN SUS NAVES Spain
  57. SOMBRAS DE BEIRUT Spain, Lebanon
  58. TETUÁN Sáhara, Marruecos, Rumanía, France, Basque Country
  59. TRIA Italy
  60. HUTSIK Basque Country
  61. ITSASOAREN KUTSADURA Basque Country
  62. POZOI ZAPOREAZ Basque Country
  63. SOLEDAD Basque Country.
  64. VIAJE HACIA LOS PREJUICIOS Basque Country

 

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