Sergi Agusti / 2008 / Social / Spain / English
/ Subtitles: Spanish
/ 26'00" / Mini DV /
Film director and cultural producer, Sergi Agustí, born in Barcelona in 1967, has developed his projects mainly in Africa, in countries such as Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and Congo. From his long experience as a photographer, he has inherited the aggressive settings and the search for excellent brightness. But what captivated him the most about a documentary is the opportunity itself to tell stories. His work is focused on social subjects, but always embracing a close, optimistic, vivid view of reality, far from the usual prejudices about Africa.
"I try to keep away from the victim-like vision we have about Africa -which is off-putting for the spectator- in order to find a kind of language which breaks the traditional view and allows us all to understand the reality better."
"I think that emotion is always above technique, because I try to understand what I see while looking through the camera. This is the way to make everything I shoot real. Even though it might be real for just me."
Zinebi Bilbao Intl. Film Festival - Spain (2008) Best Documentary / Alcine - Festival de cine Alcalá de Henares, Spain (2008) Jury Special Mention / MiradasDoc Intl. Documentary Film Festival (2008) Audience Award / Benicassim International Film Festival (2008) Best Short Film Audicence Award