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castellon 11/02/2015 - 04:00PM


With so many dedicated and tireless groups, organizations and volunteers running all the Cinema Politica locals that make up our network, we thought it would be apropro to help paint a picture of the sprawling abstract thing known as "Cinema Politica" by zooming in to individual locals. Periodically we will hear from many of our locals about their activities, histories, challenges, triumphs, and more. For our fifth spotlight, we asked CP Castellón to send us their thoughts. Their response, which was written collectively by the local, is below.

Since November 2014, CP Castellón has been drawing in a steady crowd of locals and international students to its film screenings. Initiated by a group of students from the International Masters in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies at the Universitat Jaume I (UJI), the screenings are hosted every Sunday evening in arguably the most alternative space in town: El Casal Popular de Castelló. We are super thankful to these rad people for providing us with a weekly space to screen the CP Network's social/political docs.

This past fall’s line-up included: DISRUPTION, VESSEL, A PEOPLE UNCOUNTED and SCHOOLING THE WORLD. Through these screenings we had a chance to make connections and have discussions with some very cool groups in town, including: EcoXarxa de Castelló; a community-based exchange network that operates without money as it is commonly understood - allowing members to exchange their goods and services, both locally and globally; and Dones En Lluita Castelló; a collective of feminist activists in Castellón involved in the struggle towards equality and self-determination of women and all people regardless of gender/sexuality, class or race.

Following the holiday break we came back in the new year with our most recent screenings being QUEEN OF THE SUN: WHAT ARE THE BEES TELLING US? and THE CARBON RUSH. After each screening we like to leave time for dialogue and to question what was in the film for the people in the room and how the themes affect us in our time and contexts. We also explore ways we can take action individually and collectively on the issues raised in the film. Some refreshments, tea and snacks are available each screening to warm people up since it’s a little chilly by the coast of Spain this time of year! For QUEEN OF THE SUN, one of our organisers made medieval-style ginger bread cookies using raw organic honey. The recipe can be found in the education curriculum included on the films official website. For THE CARBON RUSH, we made double chocolate chip cookies using organic/ vegan cacao powder –so ‘yum’!

Creating a local in Castellón has been an energizing process we hope will continue for years to come. This year, we’ve had publicity support from the Levante provincial newspaper, the UJI student radio show: vox UJI 107.8 Rádio, as well as Castellón’s arts and culture page nomepierdoniuna. Sharing socio-political independent films with the community has been motivating, both as a way to promote filmmaking/makers for social change and to raise awareness on important issues that are too often silenced in the mainstream media.

To stay up to date on our next films screenings and events you can check out CP Castellon's local page and like our facebook page.