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article imageShort Documentary 'Pieces of Madrid' on Spanish social crisis

By Anne Sewell     Apr 22, 2014 in World
Madrid - In this short documentary, we learn about the ongoing resistance by the Spanish people to the economic and social crisis, the effects of budget cuts and austerity measures and how people are self-organizing to survive.
It tells the story of a massive mobilization which saw millions of people converging on the capital city, Madrid, on March 22, 2014 and how people are self-organizing to survive.
While the initial protests that started in Madrid on May 15, 2011 were the work of the 15M movement, now many organizations are involved in ongoing protests, including groups fighting home evictions and trade unions.
The documentary tells how the Spanish people are struggling to cope with lessening social services and massive unemployment and how they are turning to each other in an effort to find solutions.
For those lucky enough to have a job, their salaries are being cut. For those without employment, they find no assistance from the government as social services are both lessened and privatized.
On a more positive note, we also hear about the proliferation of social centers, self-organized food banks and community gardens being set up to help and feed the needy.
With evictions a constant worry, we hear the story of large-scale housing occupations by families, who have been forced out of their own homes. In the face of need, creativity arises as people find a way to survive.
While the Spanish government insists that things are improving in the country, there is a protest happening somewhere in Spain on almost a daily basis — you just don't always hear about it in the news.
People are fighting to resist the gradual destruction of public and social services and the fact that the government makes no real attempt to solve the crisis for anyone other than the banks themselves.
Finally the film asks what the future may hold for Spain and its people.
The documentary was filmed and edited by award-winning independent filmmaker, journalist, and writer, Brandon Jourdan, during March and April of 2014 and is part of the excellent and informative Global Uprisings documentary series, which can be viewed on both Vimeo and YouTube.
A protest in Madrid  Spain saw millions of people converge in the city from all over the country on ...
A protest in Madrid, Spain saw millions of people converge in the city from all over the country on March 22, 2014.
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