Next screening dates: 30 January, Mexico City. UNAM, Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco.
In May 2009, Rodrigo Rosenberg, a wealthy, charismatic lawyer went cycling near his home in Guatemala City and was murdered. Nothing unusual, as tragically Guatemala has a murder rate four times higher than Mexico’s. What was extraordinary is that Rodrigo Rosenberg knew, for certain, he was about to be killed.
Soapbox Mexico, produced for Al Jazeera English, is a soap opera within a soap opera that goes behind the scenes of one of Mexico’s longest running and most popular dramas, What Women Don’t Say. Each of Soapbox’s seven episodes takes viewers into a colourful, sometimes fraught world of harassed directors and mercurial actresses, chronicling the emotional outbursts and flashes of humour on the way. At the same time, Soapbox uncovers deeply engaging personal stories, often echoing the troubling storylines of the soap itself, and weaving a powerful narrative of Mexico today.
As a filmmakers and journalists, we are very aware of how much a powerful and revealing non-fiction film can struggle to get the visibility it deserves. We are also convinced that the enormous number of documentaries produced worldwide every year have the potential to enrich newspaper websites with the kind of close reporting and visual story-telling unique to documentaries. ‘Docubeat’ combines the two, a unique blend of visual journalism for this generation’s news readers.
The story of the secret behind Spain’s world leadership in organ transplants. Human more than technical factors explain a medical revolution that has taken place over the last 25 years in Spain, started by pioneering Catalan doctors like Martín Manyalich, who now travels the world to teach others about how to create and sustain what is for those involved a moment charged with meaning and emotion — when grief of some can be transformed into hope for others.
Baltasar Garzón, the famous Spanish investigating magistrate was convicted of abuse of power and expelled from the judiciary this year. Internationally he is most famous for having General Pinochet arrested in London in 1998 on charges of torture, a landmark case which furthered the cause of “Universal Justice,” for which Garzón is still a leading campaigner. His troubles in Spain started when he opened an investigation into crimes against humanity allegedly committed under Spain’s Franco regime, more than half a century ago. Far right groups brought a case against him for abuse of power and were successful.
Tom Cholmondeley, the great-grandson of the founder of the British colony of Kenya, Lord Delamere, shot dead a black poacher, Robert Njoya, on the edge of his huge estate in the highlands of Kenya. Charged with murder, his trial gripped the nation as the forensic arguments inevitably were mixed with memories of the Happy Valley lifestyle, themes of racism, the violent struggle of land, and the rule of law in a fast-developing country still coming to terms with its colonial past.
The Madrid Connection is a profound, two-year long investigation into the lives and motivations of the two men who became the leaders of the terrorist cell that committed the Madrid bombings of 2004, Europe’s worst ever terrorist atrocity, in which 191 people died and nearly 2000 were injured.
A unique observational film about a year on the inside of the biggest football club in the world, at the worst moment of its history. FC Barcelona was on the verge of bankruptcy and struggling to keep its place in the elite of Spanish–let alone the world–football, when a bunch of impassioned 40-something enthusiasts won the club’s unique elections and started a revolution.