VIII Festival Cinema Ciutadà Compromés 2022 in Aras de los Olmos
David García Viché
Last Saturday, 26th November, the VIII Festival Cinema Ciutadà Compromés, organised by the Associació Ciutadania i Comunicació (ACICOM), was held at the Big History building in Aras de los Olmos. The activity was carried out in line with the centre’s intention to disseminate and educate from a scientific and environmental perspective for the sustainable development of our societies.
The festival consisted of two parts. Firstly, three documentaries were screened, focusing on different issues, both environmental and social, followed by a discussion with the audience in which they could express their impressions and different points of view.
The first documentary to be screened was La pell en la terra, directed by Guille Porcar and Raul Lorite, in which Vicent Martí, a farmer from the Huerta de Alboraya with almost 40 years of experience, shows us the current situation of the countryside and its main strengths. He exposes the threat posed by the monopoly of large companies, as opposed to the advantages of small businesses, and the importance of seasoning, which determines the optimum season for sowing.
Its main added value is the idea of “food sovereignty and independence”, which is nothing more than the cultivation of the land free of chemicals with the intention of feeding the farmer’s own family and the rest of society, especially the closest one, in a healthy and honest way.
La pell en la terra has been awarded as the Best Documentary of the VIII Festival Cinema Ciutadà Compromés.
This was followed by the screening of Mesa para 3, a documentary film featuring great Spanish actors such as Nacho Guerreros and Alexandra Masangkay. The work revolves around the problem of overpopulation and the resulting food disaster, presented in a very suggestive way through a frustrated dinner reservation.
Finally, El silencio en las flores, directed by Julio Mas Alcaraz, was screened, showing a dystopian reality in which the actions of human beings has irreversible effects on the ecosystem. What is striking about the documentary is its verisimilitude and the attitude of the characters in the face of such a situation.
The debate dealt with such relevant topics as responsible consumption, with the consequent reduction of our own consumption, and the importance of local trade, not only for our towns, but also to reduce the undesirable effects of climate change caused by the long transport of goods. In the course of the speeches, ideas such as the need for solidarity and the use of the resources that are closest to us and at our disposal became evident.