Documentary “Granada UNESCO City of Literature”

In early 2015 we invited writers, playwrights, artists, musicians, booksellers, publishers, teachers, journalists, translators, printers, cultural managers, members of literature associations and foundations and personalities from the arts world to take part in a documentary on Granada’s recent appointment as a City of Literature within the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN).

Sponsored by EEA Grants and in partnership with the Centro Federico García Lorca Consortium, the documentary was made between February and June 2015. A preview version was screened on 25 April during the Book Fair.

Presentation of the documentary during 34th Granada Book Fair, April, 25, 2015.

Directed by Antonia Ortega Urbano, the documentary was conceived as a collection of voices representing the arts in Granada. Sixty-three people were invited to comment on the city’s inclusion among a select international group of cities that consider creativity and the arts to be a driving force for sustainable development. The participants also demonstrated the degree of support for the arts in the city, while airing their proposals for the future

All those invited to take part were asked these questions:

  • What is your opinion of Granada’s inclusion as a City of Literature within the UNESCO Creative Cities Network?
  • What impact on the various parts of the city’s cultural fabric do you think this appointment could have?
  • How would you like to see the appointment materialised in the cultural life of the city?

Also collaborating on the project were two local artists, the photographer and film director Antonia Ortega Urbano (b. Granada, 1974), who was the director, and the musician Diego Neuman (b. Buenos Aires, 1984), who composed the score.

Documental Granada Ciudad de Literatura Unesco
Frame from the documentary.

Participants in the documentary Granada UNESCO City of Literature

In order of appearance:

1:02 Laura García-Lorca
2:22 Luis García Montero 21:34
2:48 Reynaldo Fernández Manzano
3:23 Rafael Guillén
3:51 Antonio Carvajal
4:30 Ángel Bañuelos
5:07 Juan Carlos Friebe
5:40 Juan Carlos Rodríguez
6:01 María del Mar Villafranca 21:56
6:20 Juan Castilla
6:42 Milena Rodríguez
7:08 Rafael Juárez
7:40 Juan de Loxa
8:14 Juan Pinilla
8:33 Álvaro Salvador
9:04 Horacio Rébora
9:31 Magdalena Trillo
10:14 Ana Gámez
11:09 Isabel Mellado
11:32 José Sánchez-Montes 31:08
12:20 Simon Zabell
13:18 Andrés Neuman
13:52 Ángeles Mora
14:17 El Niño de las Pinturas
14:58 Justo Navarro
15:31 Luis Muñoz
16:02 Sara Molina
16:26 Daniel Rodríguez Moya
17:01 Jota 26:48
17:32 María Elena Martín-Vivaldi
18:38 Miguel Ángel Arcas
18:55 Miguel Ríos
19:28 Javier Álvarez 20:50
19:44 Miguel Ángel del Arco
19:59 José Torrente
20:14 Carmen Martínez
20:32 Javier Bozalongo 21:20
22:40 Eduardo Peralta
23:25 Juan Andrés García Román 24:02
23:40 José Carlos Rosales
24:15 Marta Badia
24:34 Erika Martínez
24:57 Carmen Montes
25:42 Javier Ruiz
26:20 Luis Fas
27:06 José María Pérez Zúñiga
27:32 José Vallejo
27:52 Alfonso Salazar
28:10 Antonio Caba
28:20 Nines Carrascal
28:28 Ángel Olgoso
28:45 Antonio Chicharro Chamorro
29:12 Emilio Torres
29:25 Francisco Dorado
29:38 Marian Recuerda
29:54 Lorenzo Román
30:01 José Díaz
30:12 José Villegas
30:28 Miguel A. Zapata
30:55 Alejandro Pedregosa
31:25 Soleá Morente
32:33 Juan García Montero
33:16 Pepe Montoyita & Soleá Morente

The director

Antonia Ortega Urbano (b. Granada, 1974). Holding a B.A. in Spanish philology and audiovisual communication, DEA in comparative literature (Sorbonne, Paris) and a master’s degree in editing (ICADE, Madrid), she has been working extensively as a photographer and audiovisual artist since 1999. In 2012 she directed the development-aid project to set up L’École de Cinéma de Chefchaouen, in Morocco, funded by Malaga City Council and Mosayco Mediterráneo. She made ethnographic documentaries on crafts in northern Morocco and directed the first creative audiovisual pieces to be undertaken by the film school. Since 2011 she has worked as a project and director and archivist for Cinq Six Productions in Paris. She has made promotional documentaries and for entities including the Parque de las Ciencias in Granada, the University of Granada, the Granada Tango Festival, the production company Nomap (Paris) and music videos for groups including Birdairplanes.

Antonia Ortega Urbano and Jesús Ortega during the presentation of the documentary.

Film’s Credits

Granada Ciudad de Literatura Unesco (Granada UNESCO City of Literature) / 36 mins. / Colour / Spanish with English subtitles / Antonia Ortega Urbano / Spain / 2015 / Directed by: Antonia Ortega Urbano / Written by: Jesús Ortega and Antonia Ortega Urbano / Music by: Diego Neuman.

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