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Brandon Jourdan / Marianne Maeckelbergh – Netherlands – 18 min – Documentary


The pictures of violent demonstrations in Spain’s cities dominate the European media. In the shadow of the protests an equally strong but invisible communal movement develops. What at first glance looks like a growing divide in the country between ordinary people affected by the crisis and the politicians unable to work against it, carefully observed changes into a new solidarity at local level. Is a crisis a new beginning? Can it be read positively? Is crisis necessary for more solidarity, social innovation and human understanding to emerge? Does the weak social state contribute to strong social community? The film encourages re-considering the outcomes of the economic crisis in Southern Europe. However positive the readings of the current social mobilization against the politics and for more solidary might be, the future in Spain remains a great worry as we cannot estimate the costs of the crisis for the next generations.


Die Bilder der Ausschreitungen bei den Demonstrationen in spanischen Städten dominieren die europäischen Medien. Im Schatten dieser Proteste entwickelt sich eine starke kommunale Bewegung. Auf den ersten Blick sieht man die Spaltung des Landes zwischen den von der Krise betroffenen Menschen und den Politikern, die der Krise nichts entgegen zu setzen haben. Genauer betrachtet wird eine andere Art der Solidarität sichtbar. Ist die Krise der Neuanfang? Darf man sie positiv lesen? Ist die Krise für mehr Solidarität, soziale Innovation und zwischenmenschliches Verständnis notwendig? Trägt der schwache Sozialstaat zu einer starken sozialen Gemeinschaft bei? Der Film ermutigt die Auswirkungen der ökonomischen Krise im Süden Europas neu zu betrachten. Trotz positiver Interpretationen der aktuellen sozialen Mobilisierung gegen die Politik und für mehr Solidarität in Spanien bleibt die Zukunft des Landes eine Sorge, da man die Folgen der Krise für die nächsten Generationen nicht einschätzen kann.


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