Spain Against the Current (A Marea Granate Feature)
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Date(s) - Sat 5 November
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Palestine Museum & Cultural Centre



After years of economic and social crisis, protests and demonstrations, there are a lot of people in Spain who don’t believe things are getting any better. However, instead of giving up, they are getting organised and bringing new ideas and ways to face the issues. Above all, they are presenting an alternative.

Marea Granate (Maroon Wave), the Spanish immigrants’ organisation, premieres in Bristol ‘SPAIN AGAINST THE CURRENT’ (‘España contracorriente’), a 2016 Austrian documentary about alternatives that have flourished in Spain under tough circumstances. Community kitchens, social housing, ethical banking and trade, new media and political parties…

Join us to discover what is happening in Spain, the reality hidden by the elites and manipulated or silenced by the mainstream media. The screening will be followed by an open debate.

Spain Against the Current (España contracorriente)

Austria, 2016 / 42 min. / Spanish with Subtitles in English

There is a lot going on in Spain right now: The economy is recovering slowly, the political landscape is changing and new forces like Ciudadanos and Podemos are gaining strength. However, after the general elections in December 2015 there is still no agreement to form a new government and most problems that have come up during the economic and financial crisis are still affecting the majority of the population.

Even though consequences like unemployment, evictions, lower wages etc. cause difficult situations, a crisis such as in Spain is also a special moment of reflection. People who under normal circumstances wouldn’t change their habits and behaviour, suddenly begin to break new ground. It’s difficult to put in numbers what they achieve but one thing is certainly true, after the protests and demonstrations, there is a lot of people showing us alternatives in different areas like finances, politics, basic services and nutrition, communication and trade. Despite all the challenges they believe that change is possible from the bottom.

Writer & director: Markus Toth
Producer: Markus Toth / LA MANADA Video- & Filmproduktion and Mario Hötschl / Backbone Film
DOP: Mario Hötschl
Editing: Philip Landau and Markus Toth
Sound Mixing & Animations: Daniel Grailach
Additional Sound Effects: Christopher Roither and Matthias Feldmann
Music: Jonathan Bolivar, Nelson Morales, Markus Toth
Color Correction: Sabrina Winkler
Radio Contracorriente: Patrick Henriquez, Fatima Peñalver, Francisco Javier Uclés-Sanchez and Family
Subtitles: Robert Gartner, Ariana & Johnny Pullano, Markus Toth
Format: HD 1920 x 1080

What is Marea Granate?

Marea Granate (Maroon Wave) is a transnational non-partisan organisation formed by emigrants from the Spanish State and supporters, which aims to combat the causes of the social and economic crisis that have forced us to emigrate.

Our collective was born in the light of other recent social movements in Spain over the last years. We are somehow the extension of them abroad. Our wave is maroon like the color of our passports, the symbol of our forced migration.

The Bristol branch organises meetings where we bring current affairs, like the refugee crisis or Brexit, to talk about among the Spanish community; film screenings and protests, like those ones about the issues to vote in the Spanish elections when you live abroad. Besides, we have launched an initiative where Spanish immigrants can meet and help each other: Spaniards’ Encounters.
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