Event | Film

The Limit of Our Gaze – Women Filmmakers and Contemporary Documentary in Spain

The Limit of Our Gaze is a showcase of Spanish non-fiction films directed by women and a series of panel discussions and Q&A’s with the guest filmmakers attending. The aim of the symposium is to reflect upon the aesthetics, poetics and political parameters in which Spanish non-fiction productions are made today and the limits, frontiers and trademarks of the feminine gaze. Access to the American market is often complicated for independent productions, so the documentary films to be showcased will allow American audiences, curators, distributors and programmers to have access to the current non-fiction Spanish panorama. In addition, the guest filmmakers will have the opportunity to network with relevant professionals from the film industry in NYC establishing valuable connections develop an international film presence. Curated by Ruth Somalo and Lur Olaizola. Produced by Laura Turégano. Guest Filmmakers: Mercedes Álvarez, Neus Ballús, Cecilia Barriga, Virginia García del Pino, Pilar Monsell, and Sandra Ruesga.


With the support of AC/E, Spain’s Public Agency for Cultural Actions Public Agency for Cultural Action, NYU Department of Spanish and Portuguese, NYU King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center. Opening reception sponsored by La Tienda - The Best of Spain. Networking breakfast sponsored by Doughnut Plant. Lodging sponsored by Room Mate Grace Hotel.

Media Sponsors: Pragda, Consulate of Spain in New York - Spain Culture New York, SPAIN arts & culture


2:30 p.m. Program 1: La iniciaci__ó__n (The Lesson) (Sandra Ruesga, 2014, 15’) + El Jurado (The Jury) (Virginia García del Pino, 2012, 62’.) Q&A moderated by Jo Labanyi (Professor of Spanish and Coordinating Editor, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, New York University)

5:00 p.m. Program 2: Haciendo Memoria_(Jogging My Memory)_ (Sandra Ruesga, 2013, 9’) + Africa 815 (Pilar Monsell, 2014, 66’.) Q&A moderated by Ruth Somalo (artist, filmmaker, curator and a PhD Candidate at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.)

7:30 p.m. Program 3: Tres instantes, un grito (Cecilia Barriga, 2013, 96’.) Q&A moderated by Susana Draper (Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Princeton University.)

Saturday, October 3: MIRADAS / GLANCES

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. Networking breakfast. Closed networking event by invitation only.

12:00 p.m. Program 4: Panel with all six guest filmmakers: Mercedes Álvarez, Neus Ballús, Cecilia Barriga, Virginia García del Pino, Pilar Monsell, and Sandra Ruesga. Moderated by Ruth Somalo and Lur Olaizola.

3:00 p.m. Program 5: I_’m Fluss(Downstream)_ (Cecilia Barriga, 2007, 5’) + La Plaga_(The Plague)_ (Neus Ballús, 2013, 82’.). Q&A moderated by Lur Olaizola (curator, visual artist, Audiovisual Program Coordinator, Tabakalera, San Sebastian, Spain)

5:00 p.m. Program 6: A trav__é__s de sus ojos_(Through Their Eyes)_ (Sandra Ruesga, 2012, 11’) + Mercado de Futuros (Futures Market) (Mercedes Álvarez, 2011, 110’.) Q&A moderated by Isabel M. Estrada (Assistant Professor, Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures, The City College of New York, CUNY.)