Director Llorenç Soler remembers a time in Franco's Spain when simply being seen in the street with a camera was enough to get you arrested. With the aid of technological development in the 60s, a group of clandestine filmmakers were bold enough to document the end of that era of oppression and paranoia. The films that they made were not distributed and were often lost or destroyed, so the remaining films are an invaluable insight into the repression that people suffered and the problems that were faced by dissidents brave enough to try and capture their stories. From amateur footage that depicts local customs and habits to more focussed socially conscious work, curator Manuel Barrios watched and catalogued all of the extant material, and admits that it left him feeling a profound sadness.
A panel consisting of Soler, Barrios, professor Paul Preston, painter/director Antóni Padros, professor Vicente J. Benet and chair Marta Sànchez discuss how the movement provides crucial witness to the end of the Franco era while revealing a bold and formally innovative period in Spanish Cinema.