The project

During 2018, CEAR PV developed the “Encontres d’exili” project aiming at bringing together and contributing to the acknowledgement of Valencian refugees in order to promote a culture of peace, solidarity and Human Rights, and an approach of justice, memory and repair. The project, materialized in a documentary, has had and has a great reception and impact.

Through a research process, and following a methodology of interviews with refugees and exiles, we recovered testimonies from people who lived in exile at the end of the war and during the Franco regime, identifying analogies in the experiences of refugees that have settled in Valencia in recent years and that CEAR PV is supporting. Rescuing shared memories allows us to remember what we have lived in previous decades, look for the elements that unite us, and learn from our history to find the factors that allow us to better welcome and accommodate those who arrive here.

This new project, entitled “Encounters with Exile“, continues, amplifies and implements the previous one. With the idea of increasing the impact of the documentary, we present the this comprehensive platform compiling different didactic tools for awareness raising, promoting critical thinking and enhance advocacy.

The microsite contains an interactive and didactic map about Valencian exile as a result of the Civil War, Franco’s victory and social, political and economic repression. Records of 12 countries and Valencian people or people who have had some link with the Valencia have been developed in mini-biography format. For the production of the biographical files we counted on the collaboration of the group Arada Feminismes i Memòria, which with gender perspective, has focused on research on women who suffered persecution or violence during the Civil War and the Franco regime.

The documentary has been subtitled in Spanish and in English. In addition, the recording material with interviewees that did not appear in the documentary has been published and is available on the web.

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