El Canto de los Años Nuevos

Year2023 Duration23 min. Projection formatDCP ColourColour LanguageSpanish DirectorAlexander Cabeza Trigg WriterTanagua Hernández Ferrer, Juan Carlos Hernández Marrero, Alexander Cabeza Trigg PhotographyAlexander Cabeza Trigg EditorJorge M. Fontana, Alexander Cabeza Trigg SoundAlexander Cabeza Trigg, Maria Oblicka, Martín Albert MusicLas niñas y niños de 2º ESO del Instituto de Vallehermoso FestivalsDocLisboa 2023, Festival dei Popoli 2023

Spanish premiere


On the island of La Gomera a man dreams of flying. Children imagine stories while examining archaeological remains. An ethnofiction where past and present converge, and generate echoes between the volcanic landscape and the silbo gomero.

A man is sleeping tucked in a hollow in the steep mountains of La Gomera. When he awakes, he writes about his dream in his notebook: “Today, I flew again”. We move from the sunny crags to the darkness of the woods, which the children move through as they hunt for its sounds. Later, we see them examining archaeological remains in a workshop. Alongside these characters, we begin to imagine the life of the native people of La Gomera, animist populations of Amazigh origin who lived on the island from the early Christian era onwards.

Filmed with the local inhabitants, El canto de los años nuevos is a poetic docufiction that mixes ethnography with anthropology to explore the ancestral footprints of La Gomera, a timeless place where the past and the present symbolically converge both on its volcanic land and in the legacy of its whistling language, still studied in schools.

Miguel Zozaya

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Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes Audiovisuales Acción Cultural Española Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia Financiado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU

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