The production of essential goods is the theme of the retrospective titled Far from the trees, curated by Miriam Martín in Punto de Vista

The production of essential goods is the theme of the retrospective titled Far from the trees, curated by Miriam Martín in Punto de Vista

The series will have six sections accompanied by particular colloquia that will take place in the Golem Yamaguchi cinema during the festival week

Punto de Vista –a documentary film festival promoted by the Government of Navarra and organised in its entirety by the public company NICDO– has just announced the second retrospective that will take place during the festival, in addition to the one dedicated to the German filmmaker Peter Nestler. In this case, it is the second part of a programme in which the filmmaker and programmer Miriam Martín sets out to activate –through documentary cinema– a renewed gaze on our immediate social and natural surroundings, in this case focusing on a current issue: the processes involved in the production of basic necessities –fisheries, agriculture, stockbreeding, housing– and the complex system linked to them, which has now become a threat to living species, ours included. Last year, Encuentro en el río was an invitation to spectators to reflect collectively on the importance of rivers in the life of a community.

The format will be fairly similar to last year. There will be six sessions in the Golem Yamaguchi cinemas, together with presentations and colloquia in which the programmer will invite the audience to participate in an open dialogue. The programme will consist of films on the history of documentary cinema and feature films and shorts from all eras that will provide an overview of the history of the production of basic commodities for everyday life.

The filmmaker describes the retrospective as follows: “The film programme approaches the chasm that separates us from trees nowadays, and focuses on the production of basic necessities over the centuries and, as a result, pays tribute to ‘original unproductivity’, non-industrial means of production, subsistence economies and animals. And on some human beings too, all of them artists in their own way. Why? For their love of our world, the defence of our world, to whip up a desire (or imagination) that is needed to defend it, so that the islands of Samoa or the Orinoco Delta do not disappear under water, so that Sicily or the valley of Traslasierra do not disappear in forest fires; even though they might disappear. And because, as a poster found on the banks of the River Ebro in the early 1970s said: They call development a miracle, but the miracle lies in the way it is distributed”.

On March 17th Punto de Vista will issue tickets for the general public for all the sessions in this edition. Accreditation for professionals and students can be applied for on the festival website:




Session 1


Robert J. Flaherty & Frances H. Flaherty

USA, 1926, 92 min, silent


Mosori Monika

Chick Strand

USA, 1970, 20 min, English


Session 2

Lu tempu di li pisci spata

Vittorio de Seta

Italy, 1954, 11 min, without dialogues


Safare sayadi

Ebrahim Mokhtari

Iran, 1986, 28 min, Farsi (Persian)



John Grierson

UK, 1929, 41 min, silent


Vive la baleine

Chris Marker & Mario Ruspoli

France, 1972, 17 min, French


Session 3

Det stora äventyret

Arne Sucksdorff

Sweden, 1953, 94 min, Swedish


Session 4


Sergei Dvortsevoy

Kazakhstan, 1996, 25 min, Kazakh and Russian


Le Cochon

Jean-Michel Barjol &Jean Eustache

France,1970, 50 min, without dialogues



Ibrahim Shaddad

Sudan, 1981, 14 min, without dialogues


Session 5


Sergio Bravo

Chile, 1959, 27 min, Spanish



Atteyat al-Abnoudy

Egypt, 1975, 12 min, without dialogues


O Pão

Manoel de Oliveira

Portugal, 1959, 59 min, Portuguese


Session 6

Ceramiqueros de Traslasierra

Raymundo Gleyzer

Argentina, 1965, 19 min, Spanish


L’industria dell’argilla in Sicilia

Pietro Marelli

Italy, 1910, 5 min, silent


Zum Vergleich

Harun Farocki

Austria-Germany, 2009, 61 min, without dialogues

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