The year will mark the tenth edition of the Muestra de Cine that is focused on La Desbandá and the effects of the Civil War on the Costa Tropical.
The themes that the film/documentaries will cover are the Nazi use of slave labour involving Spaniards who had escaped Franco’s regime only to fall into the hands of the Nazis with Franco’s blessing. Amongst those worked to death were people from Motril and the rest of the county.
Another theme is how Franco used the Spanish, naval units loyal to his cause to terrorise civilians, including the naval shelling of Motril.
This festival, which is put together by the Association April 14, will run from the 27th of January to the 8th of March and will dedicate this year’s film selection to honour Capitán Federico Angulo, who led the defence of Motril against advancing Nationalist (Franco) troops.
This military officer who remained loyal to the Republic was hunted down and imprisoned by the victorious regime and executed in Burgos in October 1938, six months before the end of the war.
The poet, composer and singer, Carmen Agredano, will provide the musical side of the festival with a performance of The Peppermint Lullaby (Wild Mint Lullaby), which is the predominant music in the film the sleeping voice. This song won a goya award in 2012 as the best original song. Another number that she will sing is Espadrilles of Blood (Bloodied Rope Sandals) in homage to The Disband (the massacre of fleeing civilians before advancing Franco troops in 1937).
The festival will be held in Calderon de la Barca Theater in Motril, except for the conference, Topics and Myths of the Francoist Navywhich will be held in the Hernández Quero Museum on Wednesday the 8th of February at 19.00h. The festival programme runs on the: 27th & 31st of January and the 2nd, 4th & 8th of February.
The Association April 14 also invites residents of the Costa Tropical to participate in the XVII commemorative march that will take place on the 5th of February. It will set off from the El Majuelo Botanical Park in Almuñécar and end at the mouth of Guadalfeo River in Salobrena.
(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalusia)