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Outside of Prison

A year ago, Rocío’s mom was arrested under false charges. Now, Rocío,13 and her brother, Alejandro, 18, will have to act as mother and father to their two younger siblings for at least the next 4 years.“Outside of prison” is a documentary about growing up all of a sudden.

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Thanks a lot to all the people who made it possible!In only three weeks we reached our goal! On September the 7th we will set off for Mexico to start filming with Alejandro and Rocio.

But you can keep contributing. As you know, this is a long term project that will last 4 years and it needs more funding to be carried out. So we are going to set a second goal.

With this new goal we will be able to cover the expenses for the plane tickets for our second trip to México planned in April 2016.

Two years ago, Rocío’s mom was arrested under false charges. That day, the police not only took Rocío’s mom, they also took away Rocío’s chances to go to school, to play, to be a kid. Now, Rocío and her brother, Alejandro, 18, will have to act as mother and father to their two younger siblings for at least the next 4 years. This long-tem struggle, which will be told through the intimate lens of their everyday lives and which will end when their mother gets out of prison, will be a test of the strength of the siblings’ bond and to their willingness to remain together.

“Outside of prison” is a documentary about growing up all of a sudden. Alejandro and Rocío have made many adjustments in their lives. They leave Honduras for Mexico and in so doing become illegal immigrants in a new country, their father abandons them…but at that point they always had their mother with them. Once she goes to prison they have to take responsibility for themselves, find ways to support themselves and fight the injustices in their local environment.

“Outside of Prison” is a long term documentary. We want the film to track the development of the siblings during the remaining four years of the mother´s imprisonment. She was originally sentenced to ten years of which she will likely serve between 5 and 6. Our proposal is to accompany this high spirited and humorous family as they try to survive in these challenging circumstances.

This concept will give us the opportunity to assess and contextualise the following questions:
• What are the intimate, direct and long term consequences of a corrupt political system?
• How can love and cooperative relationships survive in families faced with major challenges?
• What can two teenager siblings with almost no resources take on the role of mother and father?

Your collaboration on this project makes you part of the story of this documentary. Thanks to you other people will be given the opportunity to relate to this family and think about how we confront challenges, look forward, fight, give up and wait…

You co-participation in this initiative makes it possible to highlight the reality of thousands of innocent women and men who are held in Mexican prisons for years simply because they don’t have the resources to prove themselves innocent.

Our goal is to finance a long term documentary. We want to obtain funding as the project progresses. In order to do this we have spoken to production companies, distribution companies, film funds and other organizations. These are slow processes though and in the majority of cases we are caught in a catch 22 situation where we need to develop more of the project to get funding but we need funding to develop the project. Your support can allow us to move forward.


The money will go to cover the expenses to our second trip to Mexico:
1.800 € → 2 return tickets for the Director and the Director of Photography (Barcelona – Mexico + internal flights)
300 € → Accommodation
390 € → Sound recordist
520 € → Daily expenses
600 € → Technical equipment and public liability insurance
190 € → Funding campaign

To make a documentary in this way is going to be an adventure. We don´t know exactly what is going to happen. Our capacity to adapt to a changeable subject matter will be what allows us to turn a sorrowful tale into a film.

We propose a challenge. Be patient.

Our offer is to make a film that follows the story of the mother´s internment. This is why we ask you to be patient, to accompany us in real time while Rocío and Alejandro wait for their mother to get out of jail.


My name is Pau Ortiz. I am a filmmaker. One year ago I was in Chiapas (México) collaborating with a Foundation that works with women in and outside of jail. There, I met Rocío and Alejandro’s mother whose positivism and strength surprised me.

Then I met her four children and I had the same feeling, but even stronger this time. México is a place full of conflicts, narcotraffic, ethnic problems, immigration and a widening gap between social classes…just to survive is difficult, the family had a clarity, maturity and sense of humor that amazed me. Although their were differences between us from the outset I felt they communicated with me on equal terms, honestly and directly.

After my initial impression, we recorded some interviews and everyday scenes. Then I went back to Barcelona. The initial edit demonstrated that the story had to be told. It has to be told as a long term study with the finishing line alongside the mother´s release from prison.

Now, after the creation of a production company with María Nova López, one year after my trip to Mexico, we are looking for resources to return to Mexico and keep telling Rocío y Alejandro´s story.


We are a group of people who at the end of last year created “Intactes”, a production company that brings together film-makers and professionals working on humanitarian projects. It aims to raise awareness of the need to break down stereotypes of minorities who are at higher risk of social segregation and injustice. In order to achieve this, Intactes produces non-fiction audiovisual works.

The name of the organization, Intactes (Intact lives), refers to our respectful method of contact with our subjects. We hope these ¨co-directors¨ gain insight and perspective through their work with us.

In México the high level of corruption and presumption of guilt has created a dangerous situation for people with few resources exposed to the legal system. These people are continuously extorted and used as scapegoats by organized crime and the police. This is what happened to Rocío, Alejandro and Rocío’s mother.

Rocío had 2 children in Honduras (Alejandro and Rocío). But her economic situation and relationship with her partner was difficult so she decided to migrate to Mexico. Rocío went by herself to Palenque (Mexico) where she set up a small food business. She came back to Honduras a year later to get her kids and return with them to Palenque. She then re-married and had two more kids: Yamilet and David. Her second relationship involved abuse and ended in divorce..This incident led to the police coming into contact with the Ricco family and discovering its vulnerability.

The mother had a cantina in Palenque, a Mexican city known for its archeological ruins as well as for the many hotels and tourists who visit it every year. But the city is a dangerous place for immigrants, since “la Bestia” (“the Beast”) – a network of freight trains used by many Central-American immigrants to cross Mexico and reach the United States – runs through it. The Palenque route sees the highest number of kidnappings and extortion of immigrants at the hands of both the mob and the police forces in the area.

Rocío had daily contact with many of the immigrants who boarded the Beast at her cantina, as well as with the people who extorted and carried out crimes against them. The same policemen who helped her with her husband’s case asked Rocío to come to the station for a police line-up, to see if she knew some of the people they had arrested. When she went in, however, they arrested her on charges of ties to the mob. Alejandro went to the police station to figure out what was going on, the police offered to release his mom if she paid certain sum of money. The family didn’t have the money and they couldn’t ask anyone for it. They didn´t have the resources to hire lawyers and prove Rocío’s innocence.

Rocío Ricco was imprisoned in April 2013. She was tried a year later and sentenced to 10 years in prison for extortion and for having ties to a criminal organization.

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DIRECTOR - Pau Ortiz
Born in Barcelona in 1982, he studied media at EMAV (Barcelona) and cinema at ESCAC (Barcelona, 2004-08), where he majored in documentary direction. During his years at ESCAC, he directed more than 30 projects. Two years ago, he began to study psychology and conflict resolution. He’s been the recipient of two scholarships and was chosen to participate in an exchange program with the Film School of Montreal (Canada).
He has written and directed “Trazadores” (documentary, 2009. 52’), "Time Out" (documentary, 2009, 16 '), “Tu mateix” (series, 2010 7 episodes) which was showcased at "INPUT 2011", the international conference for new media with great success and aired in countries such as Brazil, China, Australia and France), and “13 maneras de quedarse solo” (feature, 2010. 82’) which competed in the uncompromising European cinema selection at the “ARS Independent Festival” in Poland, and won a bronze medal at the Worldfest Houston, in the independent theatrical feature films section.
He’s also worked for the “Quepo Foundation" (2010-2013), directing shortfilms, series, several TV commercial campaigns and informative videos to promote social organizations.

Thanks
Thanks to the people that have already helped us to get here: Esther Oliver, Aurora Sulli, Sarah Bonavia, Carlo Masarelli, Julia Lea, Quetzalli Sotelo, Joana Conill, Casa Cereza y Promedios, Carol Nourse, Clara Viola, Jaz Allen-Sutton, Marita Papadaki, Jorge Estébanez

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  • Intactes

    Intactes
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    over 4 years

    Muchas gracias por ayudarnos a hacer este proyecto realidad y formar parte de él!

  • Productora Le Champs

    Productora Le Champs

    over 4 years

    No és tan una pregunta, sinó una felicitació. De moment el plantejament del documental i la veracitat de les imatges em semblen increïbles. És molt impactant i naturalment em sento empesa a ajudar-vos. Bona feina! Molta sort! i molta sort per ells!

  • Intactes

    Intactes
    Author

    over 4 years

    Muchas Gracias Mifua Lee!

  • Mi hoa Lee

    Mi hoa Lee

    over 4 years

    Me parece un proyecto muy emocionante y profundo. Valientes, mucha suerte!

  • Intactes

    Intactes
    Author

    over 4 years

    Hola Sonia, si, una part dels beneficis del documental aniran a la família i a un col·lectiu amb qui ja estan en contacte des del principi de la gravació, i que ajuda a les dones preses de la zona. El nostre objectiu és sensibilitzar sobre la situació de vulnerabilitat en què es troben moltes dones a Mèxic.

    Gràcies!

  • Sònia Blanch

    Sònia Blanch

    over 4 years

    Rebrà algun ajut econòmic la família un cop acabat el documental? Per obtenir assistència legal? Manutenció pels fills? Escolarització? Se’ls podrà posar en contacte amb organitzacions que els ajudin? Quina és l'objectiu final de sensibilitzar? Sort!

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#01 / ¡Gracias!

Queridos mecenas de Tras la prisión,

¡Muchas gracias a todos y a todas! ¡En solo tres semanas hemos conseguido nuestro objetivo! Ya tenemos los billetes y el 7 de Septiembre salimos hacia México para hacer la primera grabación con Alejandro y Rocío.

Nos hemos marcado un** segundo objetivo: 5600 euros.** Con ello queremos cubrir los gastos de los vuelos para el segundo viaje a México previsto en Abril de 2016. Para todos aquellos que todavía no han podido participar, seguimos con la aventura!

A partir de ahora os mantendremos informados de la evolución del proyecto y os iremos pasando pequeños fragmentos de las nuevas grabaciones.

De momento os dejamos un fragmento de la entrevista de Rocío en la que nos cuenta con ese buen humor y energía que la caracterizan esos pequeños detalles que echa en falta de el día a día con su madre.

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  • Lourdes

    Lourdes

    over 4 years

    !Que bueno escuchar a esta niña! Toda una lección de psicología y toda una lección de superación y resiliencia. !Gracias por sacarlo a la luz! Mi enhorabuena por haber conseguido el primer objetivo !Ánimo y a por el segundo!

  • Intactes

    Intactes
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    over 4 years

    Gaudirem amb més consciència d'aquests breus respirs. Gràcies Teresa.

  • Teresa

    Teresa

    over 4 years

    Felicitats. Endavant i força.
    Permeteu-me un petit regal de part nostre, un poema persa, de Omar Khayyam,
    Des de la residència de la incredulitat a la veritat hi ha un únic respir.
    Des del món del dubte a la confiança hi ha un únic respir.
    Sigues feliç en aquest preciós únic respir.
    Perquè el benefici de la nostra vida és aquest únic respir.

    Sort a tots

#11 / DVD "Al otro lado del muro"

¡Queridos Mecenas!
Aunque la película sigue dando vueltas por el mundo ya vuela ella sola y nos ha dado un respiro para empezar a preparar la copia en DVD.

Todxs aquellxs mecenas que aportasteis 25 o más euros tenéis como recompensa un DVD de la película.

Hoy nos ponemos en contacto con vosotrxs para pediros que todxs aquellxs que quieran recibir la copia en DVD nos lo hagan saber mandándonos un email a : intactes@intactes.com con su nombre y dirección postal.

Los DVD's estarán listos para el envío en un par de meses.

Todxs aquellxs que ya no tenéis lector de DVD o no queréis recibirlo porque no os interesa os ofrecemos enviaros un link para poder visionarlo Online. Este link os lo enviaremos a todxs lxs mecenas en aproximadamente un mes.

OTRAS RECOMPENSAS

Nos alegra especialmente haber podido ofrecer a todxs lxs mecenas entradas para ver la película en… read more

#10 / ¡Entradas para el estreno en Madrid de "Al otro lado del muro"!

¡Queridos mecenas!
Nos ponemos en contacto con vosotros porque todos aquellos que no pudieron ver la película en pantalla grande en las proyecciones que se hicieron para los mecenas en Barcelona y en Palencia tienen la oportunidad de verla ahora en Madrid.

El estreno es este viernes 16 a las 20:30 en la Cineteca (Matadero)

Si no podéis asistir el viernes, la película estará en cartel durante una semana con dos sesiones diarias. Podéis consultar los horarios aquí

Todos aquellos mecenas que quieran asistir a la proyección en Madrid han de enviarnos un email a "intactes@intactes.com" con su nombre y día y hora a la que quieren asistir para que les podamos reservar las invitaciones.

¡Un abrazo!
El equipo de Intactes

#09 / Mejor documental Internacional en HOTDOCS

¡Queridos mecenas!

Queríamos compartir con todos vosotros/as que el pasado 5 de Mayo ganamos el premio al mejor documental internacional en uno de los festivales de documental más importantes del mundo, el Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. Fue inesperado, ya que competíamos con grandes propuestas. Ahora, mientras celebramos el premio, pensamos que estamos un poquito más cerca de poder hacer el siguiente. Orgullosos de seguir comprometidos con aquellas personas que tienen mucho que contar y con muchas ganas de seguir aprendiendo.


#08 / Estreno para Mecenas

¡Hola a todos/as!

Os escribimos desde Canadá donde hemos venido a presentar el documental en el Festival de Cine Documental HotDocs. La acogida está siendo muy buena y es muy gratificante poder compartir la película con el público de aquí!

Sin embargo, lo que más nos apetece es compartirla también con vosotros los/las mecenas! Y es por eso que estamos muy contentos de anunciaros las fechas y lugares donde podréis venir a disfrutar a la película.

BARCELONA
"Al otro lado del muro" formará parte de la selección oficial nacional del festival DocsBarcelona. Hay dos fechas de proyección, podéis elegir la que mejor os venga.
Aquellos mecenas que tienen como recompensa una o dos entradas para el estreno poneros en contacto con nosotros a través del mail : intactes@intactes.com lo antes posible con la fecha a la que os gustaría asistir a la proyección para que podamos reservar vuestras entradas.

PALENCIA
Gracias a la colaboración del Cine Ortega "Al otro lado del muro"read more

#07 / "Al otro lado del muro" emprende el vuelo!

Queridos Mecenas,

Hoy os escribimos felices para contaros que la película ya ha iniciado su vuelo!
Después de muchos años de trabajo (y con nuevo título!) la película se estrenó el pasado 19 de Marzo en el Festival de Málaga donde nos otorgaron la mención especial del Jurado.


Una semana más tarde se estrenó en el Festival de Cine Ambulante, en México DF donde estuvieron los protagonistas en persona para presentar la película.

Una de las proyecciones más especiales fue la que se hizo en el Senado de la República donde tras la película Ale y Rocío tuvieron la oportunidad de dirigirse directamente a los Senadores/as presentes y hablarles de cómo se sentían y qué pensaban.


Todo el equipo estamos muy felices y orgullosos de haber llegado hasta aquí y esperamos contagiaros un poco esta felicidad a vosotros también!

Además, esto no ha hecho… read more

#06 / ¡Feliz 2017!

Queridos Mecenas,

Queremos empezar el 2017 compartiendo las buenas noticias con todos vosotros.
Hace poco nos comunicaron que hemos sido seleccionados para recibir un fondo de postproducción que otorga cada año el gobierno Mexicano.
Esto nos va a permitir terminar la película con un gran nivel de calidad y trabajando con grandes profesionales.

Ahora mismo estamos trabajando con el compositor Daniel Hidalgo que ya ha empezado a crear la banda sonora.

Además ya hemos empezado a contactar con Festivales para estrenar la película. Todavía no hay ninguna confirmación oficial pero todo apunta a que la peli se estrenará en Marzo o Abril.

Ayer hablamos con la familia que sigue bien y con ese sentido del humor que les caracteriza. Tienen muchas ganas de verse en pantalla grande y están deseando que el documental se estrene.

Nosotros también estamos deseando compartir la película con vosotros, ahora ya no queda nada! :)
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#05 / Sin prisa pero sin pausa

Queridos Mecenas,

Ya hace unos meses que no escribimos en el blog así que vamos a aprovechar este momento de incorporaciones y vueltas al cole para poneros al día.
Los últimos meses han sido unos meses de incertidumbre a la espera de saber si habíamos sido seleccionados para recibir algún fondo para poder acabar la película.
Estábamos ilusionados y esperanzados ya que quedamos finalistas en dos de los fondos más importantes que hay para documentales (el de Tribeca y el de Sundance), pero finalmente no tuvimos suerte.
A pesar de la decepción inicial, no nos rendimos y hemos seguido pidiendo otros fondos que esperamos conseguir.
Mientras tanto vamos a empezar con la composición de la música al mismo tiempo que seguimos trabajando en la distribución.
Si todo va bien, la peli estará lista en Enero o Febrero del año que viene.

Mientras tanto os dejamos con algunos fotogramas de la película:




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#04 / ¡Seguimos!

Aunque no hayáis tenido muchas noticias nuestras últimamente a través del blog, el proyecto sigue avanzando a buen ritmo y nos apetece compartir con vosotros las últimas novedades.

En nuestra búsqueda de un buen montador tuvimos la suerte de dar con Frank Gutierrez, editor de las películas de Cesc Gay y otros títulos premiados como "La teta asustada" que se enamoró del proyecto y se unió al equipo aportando toda su experiencia y su entusiasmo :). Junto con Pau, han estado trabajando mucho y muy bien. Su trabajo ha dado como resultado un muy buen "Rough Cut" (un primer corte).

Recién salido del horno este Rough Cut viajará para llegar a todos aquellos responsables de televisiones internacionales, festivales, fondos...etc, etc. que desde hace meses esperan pacientemente para poder ver más de esta historia.

Además, seguimos incansables con la búsqueda de financiación. Es una… read more

#03 / ¡Buenas Noticias!

Queridos Mecenas,

Acabamos de volver de México y no podíamos haber vuelto con mejores noticias. La madre de Rocío, Alejandro, David y Yamilet ha sido absuelta!
De manera completamente inesperada y en medio de una situación ya casi insostenible para la familia, la madre ha sido liberada para gran alegría de todos! No podemos saber con certeza qué es lo que ha pasado para que esto sucediese, pero pensamos que varias cosas han influido.
Ahora Rocío ya esta con sus hijos en casa y hemos tenido la oportunidad de conocer y grabar a esta gran familia unida que despierta fuerza por allí donde pasa!
Os dejamos con un trocito de Making of:

https://vimeo.com/143738902

¡Un abrazo!
El Equipo de Intactes

#02 / ¡Conseguido!

"Y hasta aquí el apasionante viaje que hemos emprendido con todas las personas que nos habéis acompañado. Muchas gracias a todas. Hemos conseguido mucho más de lo que nos habíamos propuesto inicialmente y ha sido emocionante encontrar a amigos y amigas, familiares y desconocidos en el camino. Gracias especiales a los 95 mecenas y gracias a todas las personas que habéis colaborado de muchas otras maneras. Ahora a celebrar" ;)

#01 / ¡Gracias!

Queridos mecenas de Tras la prisión,

¡Muchas gracias a todos y a todas! ¡En solo tres semanas hemos conseguido nuestro objetivo! Ya tenemos los billetes y el 7 de Septiembre salimos hacia México para hacer la primera grabación con Alejandro y Rocío.

Nos hemos marcado un** segundo objetivo: 5600 euros.** Con ello queremos cubrir los gastos de los vuelos para el segundo viaje a México previsto en Abril de 2016. Para todos aquellos que todavía no han podido participar, seguimos con la aventura!

A partir de ahora os mantendremos informados de la evolución del proyecto y os iremos pasando pequeños fragmentos de las nuevas grabaciones.

De momento os dejamos un fragmento de la entrevista de Rocío en la que nos cuenta con ese buen humor y energía que la caracterizan esos pequeños detalles que echa en falta de el día a día con su madre.

10€
12 backers

Your name in the credits
+ We keep you updated with interview fragments and short scenes
+ We will give you an online screening pass for the finished documentary

25€
34 backers

Your name will appear in the credits
+ We will keep you updated with interview fragments and short scenes
+ We will give you an online screening pass for the finished documentary
+ We will give you a first patron´s special edition DVD (with a note of thanks signed by Rocío, Alejandro and the director)

35€
11 backers

Your name will appear in the credits
+ We will keep you updated with interview fragments and short scenes
+ We will give you an online screening pass for the finished documentary
+ We will give you a first patron´s special edition DVD (with a note of thanks signed by Rocío, Alejandro and the director)
+ We will give you a ticket for the “Outside of prison” premiere staged either in Barcelona or Madrid
+ We will give you a thank you postcard signed by Rocío, Alejandro and the crew.

50€
20 backers

Your name will appear in the credits
+ We will keep you updated with interview fragments and short scenes
+ We will give you an online screening pass for the finished documentary
+ We will give you a first patron´s special edition DVD (with a note of thanks signed by Rocío, Alejandro and the director)
+ We will give you two tickets for the “Outside of prison” premiere staged either in Barcelona or Madrid
+ We will give you a thank you postcard signed by Rocío, Alejandro and the crew.

100€
16 backers

Your name will appear in the credits
+ We will keep you updated with interview fragments and short scenes
+ We will give you an online screening pass for the finished documentary
+ We will give you a first patron´s special edition DVD (with a note of thanks signed by Rocío, Alejandro and the director)
+ We will give you two tickets for the “Outside of prison” premiere staged either in Barcelona or Madrid
+ We will give you a personalised video in which Rocío and Alejandro thank you and answer one of your questions.

175€
0 backers

Your name will appear in the credits
+ We will keep you updated with interview fragments and short scenes
+ We will give you an online screening pass for the finished documentary
+ We will give you a first patron´s special edition DVD (with a note of thanks signed by Rocío, Alejandro and the director)
+ We will give you two tickets for the “Outside of prison” premiere staged either in Barcelona or Madrid
+ We will give you a personalised video in which Rocío and Alejandro thank you and answer one of your questions.
+ We will invite you to an editing session and show you what we have shot at whichever stage you choose in the film´s development.

250€
2 backers

Your name will appear in the credits
+ We will keep you updated with interview fragments and short scenes
+ We will give you an online screening pass for the finished documentary
+ We will give you a first patron´s special edition DVD (with a note of thanks signed by Rocío, Alejandro and the director)
+ We will give you two tickets for the “Outside of prison” premiere staged either in Barcelona or Madrid
+ We will give you a personalised video in which Rocío and Alejandro thank you and answer one of your questions.
+ We will invite you to an editing session and show you what we have shot at whichever stage you choose in the film´s development.
+ We will show the documentary in your house or other venue though travelling expenses outside of Barcelona are not included.

500€
0 backers

Your name will appear in the credits
+ We will keep you updated with interview fragments and short scenes
+ We will give you an online screening pass for the finished documentary
+ We will give you a first patron´s special edition DVD (with a note of thanks signed by Rocío, Alejandro and the director)
+ We will give you two tickets for the “Outside of prison” premiere staged either in Barcelona or Madrid
+ We will give you a personalised video in which Rocío and Alejandro thank you and answer one of your questions.
+ We will invite you to an editing session and show you what we have shot at whichever stage you choose in the film´s development.
+ We will show the documentary in your house or other venue though travelling expenses outside of Barcelona are not included.
+ We will offer a talk after the screening with the Director and Director of Photography discussing the making of the documentary.

1.500€
0 backers

Your name will appear in the credits
+ We will keep you updated with interview fragments and short scenes
+ We will give you an online screening pass for the finished documentary
+ We will give you a first patron´s special edition DVD (with a note of thanks signed by Rocío, Alejandro and the director)
+ We will give you two tickets for the “Outside of prison” premiere staged either in Barcelona or Madrid
+ We will give you a personalised video in which Rocío and Alejandro thank you and answer one of your questions.
+ We will invite you to an editing session and show you what we have shot at whichever stage you choose in the film´s development.
+ We will show the documentary in your house or other venue though travelling expenses outside of Barcelona are not included.
+ We will offer a talk after the screening with the Director and Director of Photography discussing the making of the documentary.
+ You will be part of the team: we will go through the editing process together and discuss narrative possibilities for the documentary.

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