Big up the poortgebouw for showing this!!
wednesday feb 3 2016
food from 18.00, movie at 20.00
version1 on crappy computer… facebook event and other links to be added later!
Ciutat morta / ciudad muerte is a film from Barcelona about an outrageous case of police violence. This is most likely the first time the film is shown in Rotterdam and it is well worth watching!! In spain it caused a ruckus when it was shown on TV. However there have also been some serious criticisms of the film, which i’ll get to in a bit.
I’ll explain the events behind the movie first since otherwise the film is quite confusing, i guess becuase it was originally made for people who knew the context.
So…. one night during a squat party in central BCN, a flowerpot fell off a roof and hit a cop. The cop fell into a coma and his cowankers went beserk. Firstly they arrested some guys on the street for lookng south american (in BCN there’s racism by “pure” spanish against latin american people). These squatter types were savagely beaten and denied basic rights,before later being taken to a hospital for their wounds. Whilst at the hospital, the cops arrested some more people for looking alternative. These people had had a bike accident and had gone to the hospital for that reason… they were nowhere near the squat but ending up getting charged!!
The legal processes went on for years and became known as the 4F case. Some people were detained a long time. Patricia, one of the cyclists, eventually committed suicide. This tragedy was compounded when two cops involved in the case were convicted of corruption in another case in which they beat up the son of a diplomat and framed him for drugs. Because of this people started to believe the 4F people that they actually had been framed and beaten up, just as they said all along.
So years later, the 4F case is still live since thereis still a sense of the need for justice… but what is justice in this case? Yeah sure corrupt cops should be punished, preferably painfully, but actually i’d like the same for all cops and indeed for all people who think they can assume power over others. Patricia is dead, other people still bear wounds and psychological scarring… how can that ever be undone?
Most sick of all, there is a suggestion in the film, toned down in a second version after people protested, that if there was a person who threw the flowerpot from the roof and if they came forward to the police, then justice would be paid. But would it? And for who exactly?
The film has been disowned by juan, one of the 4F people interviewed in it. There’s his statement about that,but there is as yet no english version.
This is a smaller point, but i also really disliked the comment from patricia’s ex that she didnt deserve to get beaten up becuase she looked queer, she wasn’t a migrant. Fuck that we are only free when all of us are free.
So overally,the film is worth watching since it provides an account of a hugely complex case,but do bear in mind that there are criticisms… the 4F support group was not interviewed and does not likethe film. It was made by friends of patricia and it does appear that they could have opened up a bit more to other views. And thus would have made a better film in the end.