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Eloy Domínguez Serén, 11', 2020, Spain
Director: Eloy Domínguez Serén
Producers: Beli Martínez, Eloy Domínguez Serén
Writter: Eloy Domínguez Serén
Cinematography: Eloy Domínguez Serén
Editing: Eloy Domínguez Serén
Sound: Juan Carlos Blancas

In Galicia, Spain’s most northwestern region, one of the oldest forms of Carnival takes place every year. Spread over several days are parades with felos and peliqueiros, characters who wear spectacular outfits, including a striking mask and a belt strung with large cowbells. Another tradition is the farrapada, in which participants pelt each other with rags covered in mud. There is also a fight in which flour and ants are thrown on the participants, and a huge model ant towers above the crowd. The peculiar celebrations, lit by torches and accompanied by drums, are compellingly filmed in this short documentary—it is as if you were standing among the revelers yourself, immersed in an age-old pagan ritual. The nighttime scenes of a partying crowd, often packed tightly together, gain extra significance in the knowledge that this celebration took place in late February, just ten days before the first confirmed case of Covid-19 in the region.

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