Film: Better Days
12:00 pm (available for 48 hours)
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Fran Herrero Ansoleaga’s Better Days presents the testimonies of five people who have fled harassment in their home countries because of their gender identities and have sought asylum in Spain. Before the director’s camera, they share their fears, doubts, and certainties, as well as their belief that “everything gets better.”
2021; Spanish with English subtitles; 9 minutes; not rated.
Free community event
Instituto Cervantes presents an annual cycle of short films dedicated to gender diversity, dealing with different approaches to LGTBIQ+ reality, and presented around the celebration of Pride Day. This July, Pedro Zerolo of Madrid’s Cinemateca, whose political activism helped enact Spain’s same-sex marriage law, has selected seven works that reflect the life stories of people of all ages, and especially those who have had to flee their countries because of their sexual orientation.
Most of the films presented in this cycle, Encuentros diversos: Cortometrajes LGTBIQ+/Diverse Encounters: LGTBIQ+ Short Films, are documentaries; two feature films are directed by recently deceased filmmaker Roberto Pérez Toledo. His prolific career was committed to the theme of the cycle, which serves as a tribute to him. Additionally, the program has the support of Exterior es Diverso, the platform created by LGTBI personnel of the Spanish Foreign Service, as well as their partners and families.