The LAP also proposes, through the LAP Screen series and other open activities, to delve deeper and address matters of exceptional relevance related to the issues raised in each module.
MODULE 1. REINVENTING INSTITUTIONS: BODIES AT THE CENTRE
Capital, Costa-Gavras, 2012 (114 min)
Director Costa-Gavras portrays the life of Marc Tourneuil, a banker who becomes the CEO of a large financial entity. He is an executive who approaches the serious crisis within his organisation with renewed ideas. He has no scruples when it comes to undertaking a complete restructuring of the corporation or laying off 7% or 8% of the workforce, including those with positions closest to him, nor when spending the bank’s money on passing fancies and prostitutes. With each operation carried out, the young executive is set to receive a huge cut for his personal benefit.
MODULE 2. ENVIRONMENTALISMS: IMAGINING THE IMPOSSIBLE
Screening: Thursday 17 March
Ficciones anfibias [Amphibious Fictions], María Ruido, 2002 (33 min)
This film by María Ruido analyses the social, economic and emotional changes that the new conditions of production have imposed on the work of the traditional textile industry. As a case study, she uses the cities of Terrassa and Mataró, historically linked to the sector. Through the combination of archive material, personal testimonies and the artist’s voice-over, the film lays bare the ways in which these changes affect the lives of both the employees and ex-employees of these factories.
Koyaanisqatsi, Godfrey Reggio, 1982 (87 min)
Experimental film directed by Godfrey Reggio, the first of a trilogy that deals with different aspects of the relationship between human beings, nature and technology. It describes the destructive effects of the modern world on the environment as a result of human activity, by means of documentary images of great visual and emotional impact accompanied by Philip Glass’ soundtrack. The title of the film means “life out of balance” in the language of the Hopi, a Native American tribe who inhabit the Colorado plateau in the United States.
MODULE 3. FEMINISMS: THE OTHER NON-APROPIABLE ONES
Screening: Thursday 7 April
No existimos [We Don’t Exist], Ana Solano, 2015, (66 min) Original Spanish-language version without subtitles
The story told by Ana Solano stems from a social/theoretical continuum that aims to highlight the situation of refugee women seeking asylum and refuge in France and Spain. Based on lived experiences, this documentary film investigates their treatment as well as the observance of the gender equality resolutions adopted by the United Nations. It delves into the causes and problem of how gender is used as a reason for discrimination in their countries of origin, as yet another excuse to render them invisible, and of how in some countries the female body is seen as a war weapon.
MODULE 4. DECONSTRUCTING BORDERS: DECOLONISING KNOWLEDGE
Screening: Thursday 19 May
Overseas, Sung-A Yoon, 2019 (90 min)
Sung-A Yoon directs a shocking portrait of Filipino women who are forced to travel abroad to earn a living as domestic workers. The director mixes dark humour and social criticism, while revealing a covert form of modern slavery. Overseas follows the training stages of a group of women preparing to confront a new life away from home. Most of the employment contracts force them to spend years without seeing their families, finding themselves alone in the face of exploitation and abuse of all kinds.
MODULE 5. WORK: PRECARIOUS MASSES
Screening: Thursday 16 June
Estado de malestar, María Ruido, 2019 (63′)
“Capital makes the worker sick, and then the international pharmaceutical companies sell him drugs to make him feel better. The social and political causes of stress are left aside while, conversely, discontent is individualized and internalized”. Mark Fisher, Capitalist Realism.
Based on some texts by Mark Fisher, Franco Berardi “Bifo” and Santiago López Petit, as well as some conversations with philosophers, psychiatrists and people affected or diagnosed, especially with the group of activists InsPiradas from Madrid, Estado de malestar is proposed as a visual essay on social symptomatology and psychic suffering in times of capitalist realism, on the pain caused by the system of life in which we are immersed, and on what places and actions of resistance and/or change we can build to combat it.