The DOCS BARCELONA documentary festival, which will be held from 16 to 27 May, this year features four productions directed by ESCAC graduates.
Hayati, co-directed by Sofi Escudé and Liliana Torres and produced by fellow graduate Bernat Manzano, is competing in the official latitude section. The documentary won a Special Jury Mention at the last Malaga Festival for its work on Syrian refugees. This is the second feature film by Liliana Torres after Family Tour and the first for Sofi Escudé. The directors will attend the two sessions of the festival (20 and 26 May) to talk to the audience.
Special sessions will include Mies On Scene. Barcelona en dos actes, co-directed by graduate Xavi Campreciós. This documentary on the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion was selected for the Architecture + Design Film Festival and won the award for Best Art Documentary at the Fresh Stream Experimental Film Festival. The documentary will be screened on 19 May with a subsequent talk with the directors and is also available on Filmin.
Shootball by Félix Colomer, a documentary about the Maristas case of sexual abuse of minors, will also participate in special sessions. Shootball is the second feature-length documentary by Félix Colomer after Sasha (Special Mention at the SEMINCI). The documentary will be screened on 18 May, followed by a talk with the director.
In the DOC-U section (a section dedicated to the exhibition of Catalan university documentary talent), Thanatos by Axel D. Sánchez will be screened on 23 May. The documentary is a first-person retrospective reflection on a long life, on death, the loss of loved ones and the feelings that arise in old age.