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The Lgbtiq Community under Franco in Spain: ‘Bones of Contention’ by Andrea Weiss

30 March 2017 9:19 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Bones of Contention” by Andrea Weiss sets out to search for the lost bones of Federico García Lorca and uncovers the buried and deliberately repressed history of Spain.

Spain is today one of the most progressive countries when it comes to homosexuality, and yet the nation still refuses to account comprehensively for its dark past before a court of law.

There are 120,000 victims of Franco’s regime buried in the unmarked mass graves that line the country roads of Spain, masked by miles and miles of pine trees. One of these victims is the world-renowned Spanish author Federico García Lorca, who was shot and killed by the fascists during the early days of the Spanish Civil War. The mystery that surrounds the exact location of his remains has made him a symbol for both the historical memory and Lgbtiq movements. For those seeking to remember and disclose the hidden stories »

- Sydney Levine

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Berlinale: Panorama Curator Wieland Speck Looks Ahead – to the Past

10 February 2017 7:03 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For much of his 25 years as curator of the Berlinale’s Panorama section, Wieland Speck has focused on the future, or finding the next film.

But Speck, 65, now feels it’s time for him to switch his focus to the past.

“I want to study what I did,” he says.

Although he intends to remain curator of Panorama, Speck says he plans to leave more and more of the programming to his staff as he segues from selecting new films to looking at what he can do with films that have all but passed him – and the rest of the world – by.

“I have a great collection of work that hasn’t made it. I want to dig into those films and reflect,” Speck said, adding: “You rush through life looking for the new film. It is time for other people to help look for those new films now.”

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