The documentary “La Agencia” (The Agency) commemorating EFE’s 80th anniversary has been selected to participate in distinguished international film festivals around the world, giving a huge boost to the reputation of its professionals and their work.
The first showing will take place during what has become a historic event: Colombia’s Cartagena de Indias International Film Festival (FICCI), which turns 60 in 2020, making it the oldest in Latin America.
FICCI/60, which takes place between March 11 and 16, aims to inspire the audience to reflect on humankind’s relationship with the Earth, which is precisely one of the centerpieces of the EFE documentary made by executive producer Juan Varela in collaboration with the news agency’s departments of Television and International.
“La Agencia” will be part of a selection of 195 films from 51 countries that will also be discussed at the International Meeting of Producers and the International Meeting of Samples and Festivals that the FICCI hosts in parallel.
Days later on March 19, the documentary will be screened at the Malaga Festival, one of the most renown in Spanish cinema. There, the work and life of EFE journalists will share the billboard of premieres by directors such as Arturo Ripstein.
The festival in Malaga, which this year hosted the Goya Awards, examines – among other themes – feminism in Africa, which “La Agencia” also addresses in a section centering on the field work of two of our correspondents in the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Thanks to its connection to the mother continent, the documentary will also participate in the Africa World Documentary Film Festival, an itinerant event that will screen a selection of 25 films in nine cities, including Bangkok, Thailand; Stellenbosch, South Africa and New Haven and San Diego, USA.
In the summer, “La Agencia” will hit Mediterranean screens during the Festival of L’Alfàs del Pi in the Spanish province of Alicante, which every July for the past 32 years honors the best national short films.
Meanwhile, “La Agencia” is awaiting confirmation to appear at several other events, such as the Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival (DOC LA), the FIBDA of Buenos Aires, London’s Open City Documentary Festival and Vancouver’s DOXA.
With participation in these events, “La Agencia” continues on a path that began at the Valladolid International Film Festival – Seminci, and continued on in 2020 to Logroño before making the leap to international screens, where moviegoers and professionals in the audiovisual industry are introduced to the daily work carried out by EFE in 120 countries.
In a technological context where cell phones facilitate global connection and, in turn, fosters social inequality, “La Agencia” continues the work of its journalists informing about a thawing Chilean Patagonia; the conflict over natural resources in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; the war in Libya; migrants at Mexican border crossings or China’s unstoppable industrial development, among other stories.
The documentary has also begun its digital diffusion through Castilla-La Mancha Media (CMMPlay)’s public television platform and is having a notable impact on the academic and business worlds through screenings at universities and sectoral gatherings.