El Maestrat Filmat

Fermín Sales Segarra
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A collection of images intertwines and transports us to a place that may exist or may simply be a visual construct. The slaughter of a pig, children playing, celebrations, processions... simultaneously evoke a sense of strangeness and identification within us.

Meanwhile, a series of voices reflect upon these images. One voice speaks of images that have existed, but will remain unseen, while another voice presents evidence of resurrection. The last voice contemplates the significance of these documents as a certification of a way of life. Simultaneously, yet another voice questions the very images being discussed.

This documentary essay represents the culmination of the research and creative process undertaken for the project El Maestrat Filmat. It is built upon images that explore the delicate realm of memory. Its starting point is domestic cinema, aiming to pose an interrogation that exists in a dual dimension. The film presents documents that, originating from the private sphere, reflect collective behaviors. However, it also sheds light on fragmented methods of capturing and observing reality, which necessitate contemplation in an era where our relationship with images has shifted from film screens to television, computers, and mobile devices. The essay proposes a strategy to reactivate and recontextualize these images by situating them in the present, removing them from the mere amalgamation or static nature of the archive. It depicts images and a territory where the ghosts of the past collide with the present.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: El Maestrat Filmat
  • Direction: Fermín Sales Segarra
  • Production: 2022.
  • Duration: 00:16:30
  • Languages: Catalan
  • Subtitles: English - Spanish
  • Original format: HD 1920x1080
  • License: Copyright