Indignados have their movie
“We are all victims of the policies dictated by the banks”

When darkness descends upon the room, the word INDIGNADOS (outraged) appears in red on the screen. Distributors from around the world attended the first screening of the expected film of the French filmmaker Tony Gatlif (Argel, 1948) that dedicates it to the citizen movements that swept Europe last spring, using their anger against the system as the only weapon.

This film is half way between a fictional storyline and hard-nosed documentary about the movement. Gatlif decides to adopt the incisive look of Betty, a young African woman with no name, no country without documents, which landed in this rundown Dorado that has become nowadays the old European continent.

Wandering among Greece, France and Spain, Betty’s character is interpreted by a real paperless, that met Gatlift while queuing to get a job, and discovering the eruption of the movement and deciding to join him. The filmmaker seems to propose a coalition fighting against an unfair system, in which youth protest movement rub shoulders with the homeless and undocumented.

Next to Betty, in Indignados, appear young people from the protest movement that the director was crossing in his path, as Eric Gonzalez and Isabel Vendrell. But also Basile de Gaulle, grandson of the celebrated general, whom he met in one of the few protests that took place in the Bastille in Paris, where the movement never had the opportunity to take full shape.

However, Tony Gatlif is convinced that the outrage is not extinct in France. “When spring comes there will be a second wave. And then France, which until now seemed asleep, will join the protest. And we know that the French, when they protest, can do much harm, “argues the director.
Gatlif, chronicler of the sad fate of the nomadic people, punctuates his film with dreamlike passages and faithful to his own universe. Hundreds of oranges rolling down the street, in honor of the trader Mohamed Bouazizi, considered the architect of the jasmine revolution, while a dancer shakes a tablao under a shower of colored leaflets.

The film ends on City Valdeluz (Guadalajara), ghost place and best example of the housing crisis, in which the protagonist discover a painted bleak: “Every day your dreams intersect with ours.” Slogan of ONCE institution, showing the black patina imposing recessionary times. Gatlif thought that the message summarized what happens today. It can be read with devastating sarcasm, but also as a delicate light of hope.
Despite these poetic license, the director Tony Gatlif sees his role in the film was practically invisible. “My mission as a filmmaker is to give a voice to these young people. I wanted to use and I have not shot anyone who did not want it. I’m an angry and militant forever, but here I am giving my opinions. Only offer a gallery. This is your fight and I am at your service, “concludes Tony Gatlif.
Alex Vicente
Published en: Público
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You could be able to enjoy this film next Monday 13 May at the French Institut of Barcelona at 20:30h.
Institut Français
Moià, 8 E- 08006 Barcelona
13 May 2013