Exiles and colonists in the first person : the family archive and its recent (re)writings in Spain = Exiliados y colonos en primera persona : el archivo familiar y sus (re)escrituras recientes en España Articles uri icon

publication date

  • July 2022


  • 34

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1885-3730

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2340-6992


  • Filmoteca Española has among its amateur film collections some
    very special collections in terms of mobility: films shot during the
    central decades of the 20th century in Republican exile and in the
    African colonies. These are very particular cultural products with
    a controversial historical character and complex conditions of
    management, conservation and dissemination by the institution.
    This article will first describe the particularities shared by both
    types of mobility images and will trace the lines that distinguish
    them. Then, the policies that have been carried out by Filmoteca
    Española for their conservation and dissemination are analysed; for
    this purpose, the research and curatorial programme implemented
    between 2018 and 2021 to recover these parcels of history by
    working with amateur images located in the archive’s collection will
    be especially taken into account. Finally, we will analyse the two
    pieces produced within the framework of this programme related to
    exile and the colonies: Diarios del exilio (Irene Gutiérrez, 2029) and
    Memorias de Ultramar (Carmen Bellas and Alberto Berzosa, 2020)


  • hobby film; film archive; exile; colony; memory; cine aficionado; archivo fílmico; exilio; colonia; memoria