Humanities

When history meets memory and the arts: The story of Spanish Civil War evacuee children in film

Administered by Modern Languages

09:30 - 16:00, 13 May 2012

As part of the commemorative events that will mark the 75th anniversary of the Basque Children’s arrival in Southampton (1937-2012), Modern Languages and the Special Collections of the Hartley Library have organised a symposium focused on the interplay between history and memory as it is projected in film. This event is open to the academic community and the general public

As part of the commemorative events that will mark the 75th anniversary of the Basque Children's arrival in Southampton (1937-2012), Modern Languages and the Special Collections of the Hartley Library have organised a symposium focused on the interplay between history and memory as it is projected in film. This event is open to the academic community and the general public.

When history meets memory and the arts: The story of Spanish Civil War evacuees in film' will bring together Spanish and British film directors who have narrated and documented the story of Spanish Civil War evacuee children through the medium of film and documentary. The symposium starts on the evening of Saturday 12th May 2012 with a gala screening of Ispansi (Spaniards) followed by a Q&A session with Carlos Iglesias, its director. This film has as its background the exile of Spanish children who were evacuated to the former Soviet Union. The symposium continues all day through Sunday 13th. 2012 (9.30 am - 4.00pm) with a program of talks and screening of trailers by other directors that have worked with the stories of Spanish evacuee children in this period, like local award-winning film director Steve Bowles (The Guernica Children, 2007), Luis Argeo, whose documentary Corsino by Cole Kivlin, 2010, narrates the story of an evacuee child from Asturias, evacuated to France and later resettled in Texas, US, and Izaskún Arandia and Matt Richards, who will present their ground-breaking animation documentary project To Say Goodbye, inspired by the voices of the Basque Children that were recorded by the University of Southampton's HLF funded project Los Niños: Child exiles of the Spanish Civil War.

Through the medium of film and through the conversation that will be established between directors, protagonists, students, researchers and the local people of Southampton, who back in 1937 provided a safe haven for the Basque Children, this event will provide a unique insight into key events that have marked a shared chapter in the history of Southampton, the Basque Country, Britain, Spain and beyond. Come and contribute with your recollections, views and insights to this exciting encounter.
For further details and to register your interest in participating in these events please contact: Alicia Pozo-Gutiérrez and Irina Nelson.

Speaker information

Various film directors, The symposium continues all day through Sunday 13th. 2012 (9.30 am – 4.00pm) with a program of talks and screening of trailers by other directors that have worked with the stories of Spanish evacuee children in this period, like local award-winning film director Steve Bowles (The Guernica Children, 2007), Luis Argeo, whose documentary Corsino by Cole Kivlin, 2010, narrates the story of an evacuee child from Asturias, evacuated to France and later resettled in Texas, US, and Izaskún Arandia and Matt Richards, who will present their ground-breaking animation documentary project To Say Goodbye, inspired by the voices of the Basque Children that were recorded by the University of Southampton’s HLF funded project Los Niños: Child exiles of the Spanish Civil War

Venue

Nightingale Building (Building 67)
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
University Road
Southampton
SO17 1BJ

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Contact for more information

Name: Alicia Pozo-Gutiérrez / Irina Nelson

E-mail: apg@soton.ac.uk / irina.nelson@soton.ac.uk