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Remembrance of things past
Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Juan Vicente Córdoba has made a documentary on life in the shanty town of Pozo del Tío Raimundo in the 1960s and 70s, where the “red priest”, Father Llanos, went to spread the Gospel and ended up as a member of the Communist party. In making Flores de Luna, the director hoped to pay homage to the people who fled poor rural areas in the South of Spain to emigrate to the outskirts of Madrid where they put up shacks that lacked even the bare minimum of services in the period after the Civil War. It also aims to awaken people’s collective memory as he has also been struck by the fact that young people nowadays seemed to have no idea about the appalling conditions in which their grandparents or even parents arrived in Madrid and display racist attitudes to current emigrants.”We have forgotten that here in Spain, despite the high standard of living we have achieved, that there was once a lot of poverty; there’s something here that’s gone wrong” he claims.


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