IberoDocs heads online for its 8th edition
- Emma Simmonds
- 29 March 2021
Scotland's two-week long Ibero-American documentary film festival runs from 19 April to 2 May and kicks off with the UK premiere of Maricarmen
Bringing the best Ibero-American documentaries to Scotland, IberoDocs is a unique celebration of the work of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin-American filmmakers. Taking place entirely online this year and running from Monday 19 April to Sunday 2 May, the festival features the Scottish premieres of 20 documentaries (13 of which are UK firsts, while there are three international premieres and one world premiere). It opens with the UK debut of Maricarmen by Sergio Morkin.
With the ongoing pandemic highlighting both the importance and vulnerability of the creative arts sector, IberoDocs' main programme will explore 'Art as a Need' in ten feature-length documentaries which challenge stereotypes around society's notion of artists. They include such films as Alberto Arvelo's Free Color, a tribute to Venezuelan kinetic-optic artist Carlos-Cruz Diez, and Discovering José Padilla by Marta Figueras and Susana Guardiola, a musical that rediscovers the composer behind the love theme in Charlie Chaplin's 1931 classic City Lights through a female gaze.
The festival will also offer a series of filmmaker Q&As, a masterclass by award-winning Never Look Back director Lupe Pérez García, and a virtual exhibition of Martin Weber's photographic journey across Latin-America, alongside a screening of his film Map of Latin American Dreams.
Embracing the opportunities of taking things online, the programme will reach a wider geographical area, with some of the films available to watch in 22 Ibero-American countries, including Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico, Cuba, Peru and Brazil.
In accordance with the festival's core values of equality, diversity and accessibility, all feature-length films in the main selection will include subtitles, while an audio description will be available for the opener. 'It's crucial to us that art remains universal, so as a festival we are deeply committed to breaking down barriers and making it as accessible and inclusive as possible,' explains festival director Mar Felices.
IberoDocs runs from Monday 19 April to Sunday 2 May. To view the full festival programme and find out more, visit iberodocs.org.