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Cinema as a reflection of Spanish speaking society

Four Spanish and Latin American films will kick start a film series and will be followed by a workshop which aims to reflect the nuances of very diverse societies. This will be in Leeds during March and April.


cine tambien la lluviaThe high quality of Spanish and Latin American cinema has been reflected over the last few years as it has been present at the most prestigious festivals around the world. It can be a window on traditions, customs and language, Spanish language cinema has earned its place in the United Kingdom.

Diversity of styles and trends will be part of the film series entitled Society in Spain and Latin America which will be organised by the Instituto Cervantes  in Leeds working in collaboration with the University of Leeds. This series will be accompanied by a film and language workshop in the same city.

Social cinema

Four Spanish language films which will be shown with subtitles in English will bring the Society in Spain and Latin America series to life, which began on 23rd February with Las maestras de la República (The Teachers of the Republic) by Pilar Pérez Solano which tells the story of women’s role in the Spanish education system and won the Goya for Best Documentary in 2013.

cine las maestras de la republicaThe series will continue with Torremolinos 73 (9th March), a Spanish-Danish coproduction from 2003 which got four nominations at the Goyas.

Then it will be the turn of También la lluvia (The Rain as Well) (23rd April), a film set in Bolivia and with Gael García Bernal playing the leading role. The series will end with En construcción (In Construction) (27th April), a documentary which discusses the transformation of the Chinese district of Barcelona and which won the Goya in its category in 2001.

Date: 9th March, 23rd March and 27th April 2017, 17:30. Location: University of Leeds. Parkinson Building (B.22), Leeds LS2 9JT

Film and language workshop

It was thought up as a way to promote both the practice of the Spanish language and an opportunity to analyse Iberian and Latin American cinema, the workshop organised in Leeds aims to expound upon the social and cultural problems which are discussed in the films which are shown in this series.

cine en construccionThis workshop is designed for those who already have an intermediate or advanced level of Spanish language skills and the objective is to analyse the cultural references in the films and how they can be used by teachers to teach Spanish and for the students themselves.

This is helped by the variety of accents present in the films and documentaries chosen seeing as the actors come from various different Spanish speaking countries.

Date: 2nd March, 16th March, 30th March, 6th April, from 18:00 to 20:00. Location: Instituto Cervantes, Leeds (169 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 3AR). More information: or +44 (0) 113 246 1741/49

(Translated by Peter Savin

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