16-22 November 2015

África 815 (Africa 815)

Pilar Monsell

Country: Spain
Year: 2014
Format: HDCAM
Length: 66 min
Image: Colour
Language: Spanish, English, French
Subtitles: English, French

Production company: Proxémica
Producer: Rita Dessinger
Screenplay: Pilar Monsell
Photography: Pilar Monsell
Editor: Pilar Monsell
Sound: Jonathan Darch, Clara Sanz, Rafael Àlvarez

Contact: ritadessinger@gmail.com


Looking through her father’s diaries and photographs from his military service in Spanish Sahara in 1964, director Pilar Monsell discovered a lost paradise her father has always yearned to regain. As his family unravels, Manuel Monsell starts making fresh trips to North Africa. But his forays end up revealing far more about his place of departure than his final destination.


Pilar Monsell (Córdoba, 1979) graduated in audiovisual communication from the University of Málaga and did a master’s in creative documentary at UPF in Barcelona. She works as a filmmaker, camera operator, editor and teacher. Her films include Pan, trabajo y libertad (2012) and Distancias (2008).



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