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escrito por Intermediae 15/06/2011 13:52:03


Gonzalo Ballester
Friday 15 July, 7.30 pm

The second instalment of the video series Miradas al extranjero: nuevos autores del documental español (Views abroad: new Spanish documentary filmmakers), organised by the DOCMA association at Intermediae, is dedicated to Gonzalo Ballester. The session includes the screening of three independent documentaries and a presentation and talk by Gonzalo and a DOCMA representative.

Gonzalo Ballester (Murcia, 1982) makes short films and documentaries, mostly on social themes. His notable first short film, Mimoune, won 15 awards. In 2003 Gonzalo travelled to Siena on a study grant and filmed the material for La Serenissima (2006) in Venice, selected for the Malaga Film Festival and nominated for best documentary at the Goya Awards 2007. At the end of 2005, he took a film course at the European Film College in Denmark, and in 2006 he was selected to participate in the Cannes Film Festival’s Youth Award. In 2006 he shot his first feature-length documentary. On Friday 15 July, three of Gonzalo’s films will be shown, all with the connecting theme of return and reunion:

>Mimoune, 2006 (Spain). Documentary. Directed by: Gonzalo Ballester. Length: 12´. Language: Arabic with Spanish subtitles. Short documentary dealing with illegal immigration in which social uprooting entails the hardest and most trying experience: a family’s separation. This film arose from a desire to reunite a family that had been waiting for this moment for a long time, even if only on camera. >The Molky Way, 2009 (Spain). Documentary. Directed by: Gonzalo Ballester. Length: 24´. Language: Persian with Spanish subtitles. Molky is a 73-year-old Iranian woman who has been widowed for 14 years and lives alone in a humble house in Baragun, Iran. Molky wants to travel to Isfahan to visit some family members that she has not seen for more than 20 years. >Al-Madina (La ciudad) (The city), 2010 (Spain). Documentary. Directed by: Gonzalo Ballester. Length: 14´. Language: Arabic and Spanish with Spanish subtitles. The immortal poem The City, by Constantine Cavafy, serves as a backdrop for a Moroccan immigrant’s return in defeat to the land of his birth after living in Spain from 2001 to 2010; a personal story that surely resembles many others these days.
escrito por Intermediae 01/06/2011 11:56:14


Virginia García del Pino
Friday 3 June, 7.30 pm

Friday, June 3, the DOCMA association begins the series entitled Miradas al extranjero: nuevos autores del documental español (Glances abroad: New authors of Spanish documentary film), screening three short films by Virginia García del Pino.

>Pare de sufrir (Stop suffering), 2002 (Spain). Documentary. Director: Virginia García del Pino. Length: 5'. Language: Spanish.

The original format of this video was a slideshow with sound.  The images- reflections on consumer society, the difficulties and the cultural and religious features of the city- are mixed jarringly with the sound: a melange of voices created by reading texts and doing interviews with people on the streets of Guadalajara, Mexico.  The feedback produced by the clashing images and sounds creates a fluid rhythm that is capable of de-dramatising the narration with a touch of humour.

>Hágase tu voluntad (Your will be done), 2004 (Spain). Documentary. Director: Virginia García del Pino. Length: 22'. Language: Spanish.

The relationship between the "señora" (lady) and the "sirvienta" (servant) as captured by interviews done in Mexico shows us how these employees are indispensable for upper- and middle-class women who have freed themselves to have it all: husband, kids, and work.  This documentary is not trying to denounce an unfavourable work arrangement; all the employees are happy with their wages and are treated with respect.  But within this normality and mutual understanding there is something in the servant-lady relationship that is different from any other employee-employeer relationship, something to do with the matter of serving, something to do with living with another person's family and in another reality so far removed from one's own reality.  There's something hidden in these images, in the way one behaves in front of the camera and how the other does it, in their gestures, in how each one sits down, in what they say and, above all, what they don't say.

>Lo que tú dices que soy (What you say I am), 2007 (Spain). Documentary. Director: Virginia García del Pino. Length: 28'. Language: Spanish.

A profession or lack thereof as a role to act out.  A uniform as a costume. The workplace as a set. And in the audience: society, trusting the actors will stick to their lines.  With a series of interviews with workers whose jobs are frowned upon, this documentary urges us to reflect intelligently upon the modern concept of one's work as a token of his identity, while simultaneously inviting us to question it as our only road to personal fulfillment.  The judicious choices made by its characters allow us to read between the lines to discover that, behind the prejudice- dealt with here in a very humourous way- lie deep-seeded taboos like uncleanliness, death, and sex.
escrito por Intermediae 25/05/2011 09:48:25

Screening of the documentary: Fuego sobre el Marmara (Fire Over the Marmara), by David Segarra Soler
Tuesday 31 May, 8 p.m.
Terrario at Intermediae

This presentation, organized in collaboration with the initiative Rumbo a Gaza,  the asociación Handala, min Palestina and the Muestra de Cine Palestino de Madrid, will be held as part of the simultaneous world premiere of the documentary Fuego sobre el Marmara (Fire Over the Marmara).

> Running time: 69’. Language: English with subtitles in Spanish.

Presentation and colloquium headed by several members of Rumbo a Gaza. One and a half million Palestinians in Gaza ­­­­­­have been blockaded for three years. Hundreds of activists and journalists board a fleet to break the blockade. On 31 May 2010, Israeli commandos attacked the ships. On the Mavi Marmara, 9 persons were murdered. One of them died, camera in hand: journalist Cevdet Kiliçlar. Fuego sobre el Marmara (Fire Over the Marmara) aims to tell the story of the Flotilla from the point of view of the journalists and activists. To reconstruct the story of the attack by the Israeli commandos. To try to understand the reasons behind the survivors’ commitments. To attempt to understand the cycle of violence.  
escrito por Intermediae 06/05/2011 16:27:04


ImagineIndia Film Festival
Tuesday 24, Wednesday 25, Thursday 26 and Friday 27 May, 7.30 pm

The 9th Edition of ImagineIndia Film Festival will take place in the city of Madrid from 18th to 29th May 2010. The Festival ImagineIndia is devoted to promote friendship and cooperation between Indian Subcontinent and Spain and along with it the European Union. It's aim is to showcase and focus attention on films coming mainly from India, but with some concessions to the other countries of the Indian Subcontinent, in order to contribute to the better comprehension of Indian Culture, and to the development of more fluid relations among the Indian Subcontinent and Europe.
escrito por Intermediae 06/05/2011 15:52:18

(Plataforma 2015 y más).
Documenta Madrid
Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11, Thursday 12 and Friday 13 May, 7.30 pm

With this documentary film series, the NGO group Plataforma 2015 y Más (“Platform 2015 and More”) turns its eye to some of the infringements of economic, social, cultural and environmental rights that have taken place all over the world. Documentary film serves here as a tool for reflecting on how the interests of certain groups with political and economic power influence the political decisions that generate further poverty and exclusion, particularly in poverty-stricken countries. It also encourages us to get involved in the fight against inequality, which is why following each session, a discussion will take place with the filmmakers and/or experts in development in order to highlight the urgency with which solutions must be found and the building of another possible world.
escrito por Intermediae 05/05/2011 18:34:11


Saturday 7 May, 6 pm, 7 pm & 8 pm

Homeward Journeys is a piece of audience-played theatre, a mixture of graphical adventure and interactive theatre. A multiplayer “gameformance” where the avatar is an actress. In this first prototype of the project, the audience-player must help a hurried businesswoman – late and with little time – to arrive home. The content of this playable performance (gameformance) establishes a critical approach to the postcapitalist roles and to those forms of gameplay based in speed and efficiency. Homeward Journeys is a piece of compact format and short duration, making use of the narrative structures of graphical adventures, and with the added feature of an against-the-clock gameplay – unusual for video-games of this type. It is a game of the search-and-find genre, where the audience has an active role (player), guiding and helping the actor reach a given goal, and thus allowing for an investigation of adaptive and dynamic game systems and collective forms of gameplay.
escrito por Intermediae 10/04/2011 11:21:47

Workshop with César Fernández Arias
13, 15 and 29 April, 6-8 p.m.

Artist César Fernández Arias and Club members will work on the graphic space in the geodesic dome at Estación Futuro where Game Star(t) Club will meet. As part of the workshops, the ARSGAMES group proposes an assembly to define characters, heroes and villains, automatons, animals and hybrids, who inhabit videogames and will serve as the inspiration for transforming the dome at Estación Futuro.

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escrito por Intermediae 31/03/2011 17:15:03

A Project by Gilberto Esparza
Saturday 9 April, 11 a.m.

Urban Parasites by Mexican artist Gilberto Esparza are life forms, robotic sculptures that subsist thanks to energy sources generated by humans. Esparza will give an overview of the ecosystem created by his Urban Parasites at La Nave at Intermediae.

> Los Parásitos Urbanos will be at Intermediæ until 25 September.
escrito por Intermediae 31/03/2011 17:12:22

A project Toxic Lesbian
Friday 8 April, 7-9 p.m.

Toxic Lesbian, through their Canal Toxic TV Basura y Tensión 03: LatinX Lover, present a piece made on the Internet and broadcast live via social networks. It is about the problems faced by lesbians, transsexuals and transgendered persons from Latin America in situations of political asylum, segregation or specific discrimination.

escrito por Intermediae 31/03/2011 16:34:21

A project by Ecosecha
Thursday 7 April, 17 p.m.

On 7 April the next Seed Bank Exchange will be held. This initiative aims to foster decentralization of seed control, question prevailing management models and encourage organic agriculture in Madrid. The Seed Bank can be visited at the Terrario during regular opening hours or at other times by contacting

> 2010 Creative Grants Programme