New York University Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Navigation Skip to Sub Navigation

NYU's King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center Presents "The Spanish Crash and the 'Indignados' Movement" - Oct 18 & 19

October 8, 2013

Measures to pull Spain out of its current financial crisis are failing to bear fruit and exacerbating social tensions. While some are optimistic, the core problems remain.

A two-day film program at New York University's King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, October 18-19 – the first of its kind – will showcase the Spanish crash from different perspectives: an analytical view through the eyes of serious journalism; a piece aimed at recruiting investors produced by a consulting firm; a collective film on the 15M movement showing that the group is vital and has a strong and well-articulated philosophy behind it; and artistic responses by influential international Spanish filmmakers working today, such as Basilio Martín Patino, Mercedes Álvarez, and Isaki Lacuesta.

“In-depth analysis of current events in Spain is crucial if we are fully to understand the present Spanish crisis,” said Marta Sánchez, founder of the Brooklyn film distribution company Pragda, and the principal organizer of this event. “The media are not a reliable source of information about the situation. Filmmakers are the historians of our times. This 2-day program puts on the table a complex reality seen through the eyes of Spanish documentarians and audiovisual artists, bringing a journalistic and creative commentary on the reality and implications of the crisis to the heart of New York City through NYU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center.”

The series kicks off on Friday, October 18, with the revealing documentary The Great Spanish Crisis by Alicia Arce, with Paul Mason as reporter.

Other films scheduled to screen during the two-day series include: a promotional video produced by the consulting firm Grant Thornton Spain to encourage investors to come to Spain, the land of opportunity, Another Point of View (Otro Punto de Vista); a film essay that traces the connections between memory, public space, and the real estate bubbles that led to the international financial crisis, Futures Market (Mercado de Futuros, by Mercedes Álvarez); the collaborative film 15M: Excellent. Wake-Up Call. Important. (15M: Excelente. Revulsivo. Importante, by Stéphane M. Grueso); an impressionistic documentation of the occupation of Madrid’s Puerta del Sol, Free I Love You (Libre te quiero, by iconic Basilio Martín Patino); and the short film compilation Spanish Revolution?, featuring works by prominent Spanish audiovisual artists David Varela (Monumental History of Modern- Day Spain, 2013), Flavio G. García (Video-Derives: Sol, 2011), Guillermo García Peydró (The Guernica Variations, 2012), and Isaki Lacuesta (The Killing of the Pig, 2012). All films are US/NY premieres.

The series will conclude on Saturday, October 19 at 7:00 pm with a Round Table moderated by Bryan Cameron (NYU), and featuring scholars Germán Labrador (Princeton University), Pablo La Parra (NYU), and Luis Moreno-Caballud (University of Pennsylvania), followed by a reception.

This film program is presented by Pragda and NYU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, with the special support of DOCMA, Asociación de Cine Documental.

For complete descriptions, photos, and trailers go to www.pragda.com .

This Press Release is in the following Topics:
King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, Around the Square, International Houses

Type: Press Release

Press Contact: Robert Polner | (212) 998-2337

The Spanish Crash and the "Indignados" Movement - Oct 18 & 19

Search News



NYU In the News

NYU Offers Financial Aid to Undocumented Students

The Wall Street Journal reported that NYU will begin offering scholarship aid to undocumented students for the school year beginning next September.

NYU Adopts Lean LaunchPad Program to Teach Entrepreneurship

Startup guru Steve Blank, in a Huffington Post blog, described how NYU adopted the Lean LaunchPad model to teach entrepreneurship to students and faculty at NYU.

Biology Professor Jane Carlton Examines Wastewater for the City’s Microbiome

The New York Times’ Science Times column “Well” profiled Biology Professor Jane Carlton and her research project to sequence microbiome of New York City by examining wastewater samples.

Steinhardt Professors Use a Play as Therapy

The New York Times wrote about a play written by Steinhardt Music Professor Robert Landy about the relationship between Adjunct Professor Cecilia Dintino, a clinical psychologist in the Drama Therapy Program, and a patient, former Broadway actress Jill Powell.

NYU Public Health Experts Urge Strengthening Local Health Systems to Combat Ebola

Dean Cheryl Healton of the Global Institute of Public Health and Public Health Professor Christopher Dickey wrote an op-ed in the Huffington Post saying international health agencies need to strengthen their presence in countries at the local level to prevent future ebola outbreaks.

NYU Footer