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March 28th – April 2nd, 2017 / Cinema Muzeul Țăranului & Cinema Elvire Popesco / the 7th edition


Directed by: 
Cinema Elvire Popesco - Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 21:00
Cinema Muzeul Țăranului - Friday, March 31, 2017 - 21:00
Written by: 
Keina Espiñeira, Samuel M. Delgado
Mohamed Diakité, Aliou Diallo, Boubacar Barry, Abdoulaye Diallo
Jose Alayón
Samuel Delgado
Raul Espiñeira
Lourdes Pérez
El Viaje Films
Romanian Premiere
Reality and fiction intermingle in We All Love the Seashore, a hybrid documentary nominated for the European Film Awards that tells the story of a group of refugees stuck in-between borders. Adopting the refreshing perspective of immigrants as co-creators rather than characters in a story, the director explores the idea of imposed narratives and fictional boundaries. Hypnotic images of the sea confer an allure of poetic unreality to the cinematic experience. Myths of the colonial past intertwine with daily conversation and aspirations for the future in a short film like a balancing act between the candid and the esoteric. (Diana Mereoiu, BIEFF 2017)

Keina Espiñeira

Keina Espiñeira was born in Spain in 1983. She holds a Master's degree in Direction and Production of Documentary Films from the Documentary Film Association in Madrid. Doctor in Political Science and Visual Studies, she has also worked as a researcher in California, Netherlands, Spain and Morocco. Border policy plays a pivotal role in her work. We All Love the Seashore is her first film.

Festivals, awards: 
  • Short Film Nominee for European Film Awards 2016
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam 2016
  • IndieLisboa International Film Festival 2016
  • Milano Film Festival 2016
  • FID Marseille 2016
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival 2016
  • Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival 2016
  • Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival 2016
Director's statement:
I was interested in portraying a place where human trajectories are spatially and temporally suspended. We All Love the Seashore delves into a border experience that takes place in the city of Ceuta, at the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. This is a territory limbo for some travellers. By crossing contemporary nomadic landscapes, the film explores this mundane threshold. Spontaneous conversations from the present collide with African legends from the colonial past. (Keina Espiñeira)

Curatorial comment:
“The film you will shoot – did you write it or did you not?”, asks one of the refugees in the film’s first few minutes. An apparently simple question, it brings to the fore just how accustomed we are to having our realities shaped by the narratives imposed by others upon us. Using stories of the colonial past which inadvertently mix in our minds with present-day news pieces, director Keina Espiñeira makes exactly this point, but also unveils the very fragility of these narratives. Outside of a recognizable definition of time and space, the refugees become the living symbol of the abolishment of these constraining narratives, thus demystifying the fictional nature of borders. By making the refugees not characters, but co-creators of the film, it becomes obvious that ultimately, the greatest form of revolt is collaboration. (Diana Mereoiu, BIEFF 2017)