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Documentary on Carlos Varela, an amateur galician film-maker
This is a documentary dealing with the not very known figure of Carlos Varela, a member of Galician nationalist party "Union do Pobo Galego" who filmed with his super-8 camera many of the activity of his party, as well as demonstrations and social fights against Franco's policemen during the 70's.The documentary is composed mainly of the original (and often technically very poor) footage, with no comments but some subtitles, which makes the film somewhat boring at times.In spite of that, the recovering of this hardly seen footage shows a hidden part of Galician history, just the years before and after the dictator's death in 1975, and that is it's main value.It also gives a deserved homage to one of those rather anonymous and enthusiastic film-makers who contributed with his work to fill a gap (that of the leftist nationalism activities) in the visual memory of his country.
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