A permanent space to visualize cinema from all the Mediterranean basin in Valencia
The Mediterranean Citizens´Assembly Foundation (MCAF) and the Aragó Cinema presented on May 30 Cinema Mediterrani als Aragó, a permanent space to visualize cinema from all the Mediterranean basin that will be premieres in Valencia. The initiative has the collaboration of Mostra Viva del Mediterrani, Fundación Tres Culturas del Mediterráneo and Casa Árabe.
The president of the MCA Foundation, Vicent Garcés has indicated that for the Foundation “it was necessary to establish in Valencia a permanent window of cinema produced in the Mediterranean countries and to capture the expression of creative cinematographic capacity from Morocco to Turkey, through Egypt to France and bring that diversity to the lovers of the cinema of our city “.
Alicia Serrano, head of Aragó Cinema has indicated that this project goes beyond the usual programming and is a space open to citizens. “When the MCAF made us the proposal to set up a permanent space for Mediterranean Cinema in our space, we flipped over immediately”.
Samuel Sebastian, the programmer of the cycle, has emphasized that have been prioritized the productions that build cultural bridges and show the diversity of the Mediterranean from different perspectives, with films by prestigious directors, such as the first premiere of the Algerian Karim TraÏdia, an Award winning director in Cannes and Berlin festivals, among others, and whose film Chronicles of My Village is the first time projected in Spain.
TraÏdia, who came from Amsterdam to present his feature, describes the film as “an autobiographical story told from the eyes of a child from a small Algerian village in the middle of the war of independence”. Traïdia has said that he considers this initiative as a good place to look for the links between the directors of the Mediterranean cinema besides the “temperament that is common to all”. “It’s important to look at the southern Mediterranean that unfortunately in recent years is synonymous with tragedy, and looks for more common dialogues,” he said.
The Sessions of Cinema Mediterrani als Aragó are scheduled on the last Wednesday of each month and have a Cineforum format where, after the screening of the film, there is a debate with the director, the experts and the public. Upcoming films are Behind the Wall, a documentary about the difficulty of access to education in Palestine due out in June, and Halal Love and Sex, a Lebanese comedy about love affairs in the Muslim world, scheduled for July.