Wednesday 3rd – Thursday 4th May 2017
University College Cork
In recent years, the deterioration of the environment and the extent –and frequency– of ecological disasters have increased dramatically, and so have the cultural and creative responses to this ongoing degradation of the natural world. As an academic discipline, ecocriticism provides analytical tools for the examination of cultural responses to environmental concerns. This symposium aims to facilitate the discussion of different forms of engagement with ecocritical matters in relation to Galician and Irish cultural production, including literature, film, visual arts and other forms.
As part of the symposium, the critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary Os días afogados / The Drowned Days will be screened on Wednesday 3rd May at 6.00 pm. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the film directors Luis Avilés Baquero and César Souto Vilanova, chaired by Laura Linares and Martín Veiga, Irish Centre for Galician Studies, UCC.
May 3rd 6.30pm The Gate Cinema Cork
The Drowned Days / Os días afogados
2015 / 90 mins / Documentary / Galician language with English subtitles
A powerful documentary from Galicia that explores the role of home made movies in creating a portrait of community under threat.
In 1992, the construction of the Lindoso (Portugal) dam forever flooded the villages Aceredo and Buscalque (Galicia, Spain). Its inhabitants could not save their land and their homes. Knowing that everything was about to be lost, several neighbours took their domestic cameras and started to film. Their footage, filmed since the mid-60s is valuable historical and ethnographic evidence, coloured by their subjectivity and their experiences. The footage is, at the same time, a demonstration of faith in the possibilities of home-made movies as a way to register the time in which we have to live. Beyond the intimate, a portrait of the mechanisms of power is revealed. The tension between the existential and the political, between past time and present reality, determine a story that projects in multiple ways beyond itself. Special guests; the directors César Souto Vilanova and Luis Avilés will present the screening.
In Galician with English subtitles
Tickets on sale here: http://www.onlinecinematickets.com/index.php?s=GATE&p=details&eventCode=31439
Eco-fictions: Emergent Discourses on Woman and Nature in Galicia and Ireland (MINECO-ERDF FEM2015-66937-P)