Sunny Side of the Dock

Sunny Side of the Dock 2022
2022-06-20 / 2022-06-23




Documentary( no fiction )

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Sunny Side of the Dock 2022: BASQUE. AUDIOVISUAL. Presents


On 5 March 1937 the Battle of Matxitxako Cape took place, a naval confrontation between four bous, small cod-fishing boats, poorly armed, that fought tooth and nail to defend the Galdames merchant ship as it made its way to Bilbao carrying Republican refugees when it was attacked by the Canarias, the nationalists' flagship. Matxitxako tells the tale of that naval battle 85 years after it happened, taking a closer look at the Basque Auxiliary Navy (created by the Basque Government to strengthen defence in the Bay of Biscay) and at the memory of those who participated in that episode of the Civil War, seamen who fought to defend their values, lands and families.

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It’s June. Fran and Domingo, two of the last migrating shepherds in Navarre, herd their flock to the Pyrenees. Fran sees no future and plans to sell his sheep to raise goshawks. Domingo fears being alone. This year’s passage will be hard on both.

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Manuel Mendez, better known as Manolo Kabezabolo, is a punk artist who in a somewhat unlikely way has crossed time, space and fashion, without giving up his essence and principles, to become a countercultural icon.

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A journey into the past that aims to give value to the place deserved by hundreds of women from the valleys of Salazar, Roncal, Echo... who crossed the Pyrenees on foot to reach Mauleón (Zuberoa). They travelled to work in the espadrille factories in the area, and did so for almost a century. Hundreds of women, even girls, who at the age of 12 left their families, their villages, to earn a few Francs by working up to sixteen hours a day. They set out every 7th of October, and did not return until half a year later, when the spring snows were over. These very characteristics of their journey, together with the fact that they were all dressed in black, led to their being known as Golondrinas. Anne Etchegoyen takes us on a journey that leads us to discover who the swallows were. A path that united two very different Europes at the end of the 19th century and the first third of the 20th century.

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Tristan is a 16-year-old French-Spanish boy who lives a seemingly normal life with his mother Blanca in a village in Extremadura. But his so-called every day normality is disrupted when he is trained and prepared to become a bullfighter. The film brings together scenes from Tristan’s life during his teenage years until he becomes a professional bullfighter, following his day-to-day encounters, activities, doubts, fears and education. Three times per year over the course of four years Tristan opens his life to the film crew who follows him in all sort of scenarios: the intimacy of his domestic life shared with his French mom, Blanca, who lives and accompanies him in almost everything; the lessons he takes to eventually become a bullfighter, which he shares with other teenagers and the mentors; the education system he attends to as part of the mandatory educational grades in Spain; the relation with his Dad and step Dad, who are a flamenco dancer and a bullfighter respectively; the physical trainning he has to perform to be in shape to fulfill his dream; the social events and activities he does during the bullfighting season, and all the moments of solitude and growth he experiences as any other boy of his age.

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Katia is a young single woman with visual impairment who combines her work as a lawyer in the Unit for Access to Justice and Gender of the Judicial Branch of Panama, with the education of her two children. Her heartbreaking testimony in a peculiar women's center will cause a brutal catharsis among them. A story of pain but full of hope.

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Wolves’ presence is a problem. Their absence is one too. It’s the same with bears, or vultures. The paradox presented by the threat to rural life and, in turn, by ecological demands, runs through the lives of a hunter, a falconer and a shepherdess, who seek new ways of thinking about themselves in relation to the predators.

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Between 1968 and 1976, fifty priests, most of them Basque, Galician and Catalan, were imprisoned for showing their rejection of the repression of the dictator Francisco Franco. These priests, sentenced to twelve years in prison for denouncing the oppression of the dictatorship through sermons and confinement, will hardly forget the images of the mutiny broadcast by the international media in 1973. The prison in Zamora (Spain) was burned by the imprisoned priests. The film portrays the experiences of those clergymen who, in difficult times, firmly committed themselves to their society. The history of the prison for priests in Zamora is unknown to new generations and, as we have been told many times, it has not been told either.

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In the years of ETA's terrorist activity, the importance of the media, especially the print media, stands out from the beginning. "The other look" is the proposal to rescue the intrahistory of this group that experienced those situations with a black and white look, because they did it through a viewer that made them escape from reality. That they developed their work to the best of their ability, an important and essential vision of the conflict.

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Carlota knows the world of surfing well, she has been in it for several years, but now it’s time to know who is behind the statal surfboard champion. The woman who could be the next reference for future generations tells her experience and her experiences in this short documentary to help those who come after her.

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We travel to one of the most emblematic corners of the surfing world, Nazaré, to meet the basque surfer based there Tito Ortega. Together with his partner Toni Laureano, we get into the filming of part of his surfing season in Nazaré in 2021.

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Is the seed of happiness planted in childhood? The first years of our life, those that we do not remember, leave a deep mark on us. But is this footprint forever? Or does it evolve? This is a subjective and personal journey to that forgotten place; a journey from the mother I am now, to the baby I once was. The voice of a newborn being and that of a mother accompany us on the journey to that place long forgotten. Elements and landscapes of nature dialogue with the landscapes of the body and its traces. Other voices accompany us on this journey, those of scientists who investigate these footprints, and also the voices of other families. Science has insisted for decades on the importance of taking care of those early years for a favorable development. But how is this put into practice? In Donostia, families from the area go to the Hazi Hezi center. The narrator's mother was also there with her daughter when she was born. There, for 30 years, a group of professionals has accompanied families during pregnancy and raising their children. Excited and with the intention of improving the society of the future, they fight for an upbringing that respects the rhythms and development of children, which often collides with the rhythm and demands of today's society. And in addition, it opens up the opportunity for them to become aware of the limitations and shortcomings that they themselves carry. In an associative dialogue with the voice of the newborn, the voices of experts from different disciplines help us explore these traces of early childhood, as if they were detectives. Michel Odent, obstetrician and researcher, has spent decades researching the influence of the way of birth on the subsequent physical and mental health of the individual. The psychiatrist Rafael Benito studies how in the early years attachment relationships shape our brain. Laura Gutman, therapist and author, helps her clients reconnect with her early childhood so they can establish a healthier connection with themselves and their children. The psychologist José Luis Gonzalo will show us a technique called sandplay therapy to relive unconscious experiences. Ibone Olza, perinatal psychiatrist and early childhood rights activist, reflects on birth and motherhood. At the same time, this search will give the narrator mother the impetus to investigate her own story. All the voices we encounter on this journey are interwoven with the narrating voices of the mother and child. Questions will arise that do not have a single answer, inviting us to reflect on the adults of the future.

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