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EQZE participates in the 2024 Radical Film Network conference in Madrid

A large number of projects carried out within the framework of Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola’s academic and research work will participate in this year’s Radical Film Network conference, which will be held in Madrid from 19 to 22 June. The aim of this year’s meeting, which will bring together representatives from universities, research centres, groups and associations, as well as independent researchers from all over the world, is to explore the ways in which we can reflect on archives from political movements, grassroots organisations, artist cooperatives and alternative spaces.

EQZE participates in the 2024 Radical Film Network conference in Madrid

On Thursday 20 June, Matías Fajn and Laura Alhach will propose a reflection on memory and militancy in two presentations entitled ‘Lucha Film Collective a través de la película Comunicado de Argentina: cine, memoria y militancia en los años 70’ (The Lucha Film Collective through the film Comunicado de Argentina: film, memory and militancy during the 1970s) and ‘Yuruparí (in)visible: ejercicios de memoria política, colectiva, material y encarnada’ (Yuruparí (in)visible: exercises in political, collective, material and embodied memory). That same day, Laura Cortegana, an EQZE alumni, will participate alongside Azahara Lozano and Violeta Sarmiento (members of the group La Digitalizadora de la Memoria Colectiva) in a dialogue about archive material pertaining to the feminist movement in Seville.

The San Sebastián International Film Festival (SSIFF) archives and their conservation, research and accessibility following the work carried out by the festival itself and EQZE, will be analysed by Minerva Campos (University of Castilla la Mancha), Aida Vallejo (University of the Basque Country - UPV/EHU) and Violeta Kovacsis (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), three of the researchers who have been awarded grants from the SSIFF and EQZE to research the festival’s document archives, in a talk entitled ‘Activación de archivos con proyectos financiados: tres experiencias en primera persona del archivo del Festival de San Sebastián’ (Archive activation through funded projects: three first-person experiences in the San Sebastián Festival archives).

On Friday 21 June, the work currently being carried out by EQZE’s research department will be the topic of a talk dedicated exclusively to various projects promoted by the school. The conversation will focus specifically on three of these initiatives: ‘C3. Non-Aligned Film Archives’, ‘Second hand. Reuse and deviations of Ibero-American cinema’ and ‘Zinebi Collection. Research on the film collection of the International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao’, which will be discussed by Carolina Cappa, Léa Morin and Santiago Aguilar (the projects’ lead researchers), in collaboration with Pablo La Parra Pérez, coordinator of the EQZE’s research area.

For their part, Veronica Boggio and Julio González will focus on Peru, with the talks ‘Otras miradas amazónicas: archivos misioneros de la amazonía peruana’ (Other Amazonian outlooks: missionary archives of the Peruvian Amazon) and ‘Derivas videográficas hacia la imagen/archivo de la Comunidad Autogestionaria para el Desarrollo Integral del Alto Pushka’ (Videographic wanderings towards the image/archive of the Self-Managed Community for the Comprehensive Development of Alto Pushka). The filmmaker María Barea, also from Peru, will talk about ongoing conservation efforts in relation to her work. She will be accompanied by Kauri Ximon Jauregui, one of the EQZE students who participated in the restoration of Antuca directed by Barea in 1993. The title of this conversation is ‘El proceso de preservación de las películas del Grupo Warmi en Perú y Euskadi’ (The process of conserving films by the Warmi Group in Peru and the Basque Country).

Finally, in the talk entitled ‘Los subterráneos: el archivo del cine amateur cubano’ (Los subterráneos: Cuban amateur film archives), Lucía Malandro and Daniel Saucedo will present the work currently being carried out by the Archivistas Salvajes group to construct Cuba’s first amateur film archives.

Radical Film Network (RFN) was founded in 2013 by a group of activists, academics, filmmakers and programmers linked to radical film cultures in the UK, with the aim of building a broader collaboration network. Since then, the RFN has grown and currently encompasses over two hundred organisations from forty different countries all over the world, with members ranging from artist studies and production groups to independent archives, cooperatives, distributors, film festivals and exhibition halls.

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