Above 592 Meters

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    Above 592 Meters

    592 Metroz Goiti

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    Spain, United Kingdom


    24 min


    On the slopes of the Spanish Pyrenees, the construction of the Itoiz Dam in the 1990s flooded seven villages. A line of raw rock encircles the contained green water, marking the landscape with a scar that recalls the still acute injury of the residents displaced 592 metres higher up. The landscape has changed and the relationship between men and their environment has been disturbed. After having fought for years against the flooding of the villages and lands, they are today the distant observers of a suffered change. Ilargi is a farmer and Javier is a park ranger responsible for protecting vultures, each embodying a very different relationship with animals and space. One is close, with a relationship that involves touch as she provides the cows with care. The other, necessarily far from the birds of prey, mainly watching them with binoculars, is in a purely visual relationship. The film lies here, in this difference of distance and point of view created by the disruption of the scenery and, with it, that of an entire ecosystem, in a strong duality of elements, between life and death.



    Maddi Barber
    Maddi Barber
    Mirari Echávarri
    Maddi Barber
    Irati - Koiuntura
    Maddi Barber

    Maddi Barber

    Maddi Barber collaborates with different cultural institutions, collectives and universities on the creation of audiovisuals. In 2015 she was invited to participate in Zinergentziak #15, promoted by Territories and Frontiers and the ZINEBI film festival, where she co-helmed the anthology feature Distantziak. In 2018, she directed and produced, with Christopher Murray and Charlotte Hoskins, the short film YOURS TRULY, premiered at the Punto de Vista International Documentary Film Festival. ABOVE 592 METERS was presented at Visions du Réel in 2018, and is one of the short films selected this year for Kimuak.