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The key characters of the current documentary scene talk about their experiences and face the audience questions.


What’s the best way to capture the essence of a story? What happens when a documentary director establishes a personal relationship with the main subject?

DocsBarcelona is inviting 3 filmmakers who have somehow altered or intervened in the stories they were portraying, to share their experiences with the audience. A reflection on the essence of documentary: intervention versus observation.


Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami was born in Iran and studied Film and Animation at the Teheran Art University. She’s the director of Sonita, DocsBarcelona’s opening film.

Brian Hill has made over 60 films for British television, and has received multiple international awards along the way. He’s co-director of City of Dreams – A Musical, an original music documentary.

Sean McAllister is a British filmmaker who continues to surprise and inspire audiences around the world. He’s the director of the multi-award winning  A Syrian Love Story.

RokhBW  Brian Hill web  Sean McAllister Picture web

WHEN AND WHERE: Auditorium La Pedrera, Friday 27th of May at 17:30h



7 SHOTS 7 is DocsBarcelona’s annual proposal to a relevant figure in the audio-visual world.  This year, on the occasion of the premiere of Informe General II, Pere Portabella will reflect on film language through 7 shots or sequences especially selected for the event.

From the start of his career, Pere Portabella was committed to political movements that rejected Franco’s dictatorship. He was elected senator in the first democratic elections and he took part in the drafting of the Spanish Constitution.

Portabella is one of the most relevant figures in our country’s film history, with a career spanning over 5 decades. With his production company Films 59, he brought forward iconic works of Spanish cinema such as Buñuel’s Viridiana (1961). He has directed Vampir-Cuadecuc (1970), Umbracle (1972) and The Silence Before Bach (2007), amongst others.

With Informe general I (1976), shot during the months that followed Franco’s death, he made a documentary using fiction film techniques. Forty years later, Informe general II (2016) is out, and it uses the same techniques to depict a serious crisis in the system.

He has been awarded with the Creu de Sant Jordi and granted a Doctor Honoris Causa by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. The MOMA in New York has acquired some of his films for their archive.

Pere Portabella fotografiat per Helena Gomà

WHEN AND WHERE: Auditorium La Pedrera, Friday 27th of May at 19:30h


Master Classes | Edition 2016, Festival