El cuarto poder

Helena Lumbreras, Mariano Lisa
Spain 1971

23.02.2020 20:00 Eng. subtitles Akademie der Künste
25.02.2020 10:00 Eng. subtitles Kino Arsenal 1
27.02.2020 15:00 Eng. subtitles Kino Arsenal 1

45 min. Spanish.
(screening together with ANGELA – PORTRAIT OF A REVOLUTIONARY)

In 1970, Spain was a dictatorship. The essay film El cuarto poder asks how the media behaved in response. The conclusion is depressingly clear: by toeing the line and being loyal to the regime. What can be done? A sceptical stance can be maintained and a counter-public created, for example, by reading between the lines, accessing foreign newspapers and forming one’s own channels of information. (cn)

Helena Lumbreras was born in Cuenca, Spain in 1935. After studying at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, she worked as a director and producer for Italian public television (RAI). Lumbreras then returned to Spain to document the anti-Franco movement. Starting in 1968, she made politically motivated documentaries and founded the militant film collective Class Cinema Collective together with Mariano Lisa. She died in Barcelona in 1995.

Mariano Lisa was born in Albalate de Cinca, Spain in 1945. He studied and taught philosophy. Together with his wife Helena Lumbreras, Lisa founded the militant film collective Class Cinema Collective, which advocated a radically democratic cinema: in the 1970s, Lumbreras and Lisa went to Spanish factories and made films together with the workers in order to draw attention to the living and working conditions of the workforce.

Production company Colectivo Cine de Clase (Spain). Directed by Helena Lumbreras, Mariano Lisa. Screenplay Helena Lumbreras, Llorenç Soler. Editing Helena Lumbreras.

Films

Helena Lumbreras: 1960: A los toros (4 min.), Telegrama (7 min.). 1968: España 68 (El hoy es malo pero el mañana es mío) / Spain 68 (30 min.). 1975: El campo para el hombre (50 min., co-directed by Mariano Lisa). 1976: O todos o ninguno / Everyone or No-one (45 min., co-directed by Mariano Lisa), Primer aniversario de la muerte de Txiki en Cerdanyola, Manifestació Diada a Sant Boi de Llobregat. 1977: A la vuelta del grito (45 min., co-directed by Mariano Lisa), ¿El Prat? Un río a desviar, Diada, 11 de Septiembre de 1977. 1983: Escuela de San lldefonso.

Mariano Lisa: 1975: El campo para el hombre (50 min., co-directed by Helena Lumbreras). 1976: O todos o ninguno / Everyone or No-one (45 min., co-directed by Helena Lumbreras). 1977: A la vuelta del grito (45 min., co-directed by Helena Lumbreras).