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Spanish Civil War evacuee children in film

12 May 2012 to 13 May 2012
To Say Goodbye by Izaskun Arandia

As part of the commemorative events that will mark the 75th anniversary of the Basque Children's arrival in Southampton (1937-2012), Modern Languages and the Special Collections of the Hartley Library have organised a symposium focused on the interplay between history and memory as it is projected in film.

The symposium titled "When history meets memory and the arts: The story of Spanish Civil War evacuees in film" will bring together Spanish and British film directors who have narrated and documented the story of Spanish Civil War evacuee children through the medium of film and documentary.

The activities will start with a gala screening of Ispansi (Spaniards) followed by a Q&A session with Carlos Iglesias, its director. This film has as its background the exile of Spanish children who were evacuated to the former Soviet Union.

The symposium continues with a program of talks and screening of trailers by other directors that have worked with the stories of Spanish evacuee children in this period, like film director Steve Bowles (The Guernica Children, 2007); Luis Argeo, whose documentary Corsino by Cole Kivlin, 2010, narrates the story of an evacuee child from Asturias, evacuated to France and later resettled in Texas, US, and Izaskún Arandia and Matt Richards, who will present their ground-breaking animation documentary project To Say Goodbye, inspired by the voices of the Basque Children that were recorded by the University of Southampton’s project “Los Niños: Child exiles of the Spanish Civil War”.

This event is open to the academic community and the general public.

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