Federica Montseny, the Indomitable (2016)
Documentary [France], Dir. Jean-Michel Rodrigo
Runtime: 52 minutes
US premiere. In French and Spanish with English subtitles.
Anarchist leader Federica Montseny was the first female to be elected to hold a public office (Minister of Health) in Western Europe. She enacted several groundbreaking laws and ended up going into exile in the South of France, where she continued to defend her “mujeres libres” vision. Federica Montseny embodies the spirit and commitment of an intellectual mind, who disappeared from official history books and collective memory. She is now a new source of inspiration.
Followed by a conversation with Andrew H. Lee, Curator, New York University.
Curated by Marina Garde.
This year marks the 80th anniversary of the end of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and with that, the flight of almost half a million Spaniards from their homeland. Intimate Portraits seeks to bring to the forefront the Spanish Republican exile through three deeply personal accounts. Two of these films concentrate on women figures, all three portrayed by a new generation of filmmakers. All three are US premieres.
· Discover the captivating stories of those who had to face exile and pay tribute to them;
· Recover the memory of forgotten mythical figures of recent Spanish history;
· Draw the face of women and men who fought for Spanish democracy and its restoration;
· Showcase young filmmakers’ renew interest in recovering the memory of this key part of Spanish history;
· Link present and past.