RIFF Movies Archive

Desde la Orilla / From the Shore

Spain, 2017, HD - Color - 61

Jorge Yetano Roche

Jorge Yetano Roche

Milena Holzknecht

Guillermo Mata

Guillermo Mata

Miguel Yetano / Sonsoles Galindo

Sonsoles Galindo


In Cap i Corp, a tiny village on the Spanish coast of Castellón (Spain), a small group of locals led by Juan have resisted against massive construction plans, urban planning abuses and deeply rooted corruption brought upon their community by years of wild construction boom and easy money. They have succeeded in stopping a construction project that threatened to change the face of their community forever, mainly thanks to a home-made newspaper, the Anem Anant. In the back yard of Juan's house, this guerrilla editorial staff formed by a motley crew of citizens (an enduring activist, a retired artist, a young incorruptible civil servant and other locals), meet to put together a scissors-and-scotch newspaper that is printed and delivered door to door during the night. The Anem Anant has informed the locals about irregularities and abuses that would otherwise have gone unnoticed, as this kind of news would not be published by the conventional press. The newspaper has caused social tension in the village, and the editors have been attacked and threatened by some of the community members interested in the easy money that residential development on the shore can bring. Just a few miles away, Oropesa stands as a symbol of the massive destruction of the Mediterranean coast, a disproportionate holiday city agonizing with thousands of empty apartments that are now impossible to sell. This kind of macro resort by the coast hosts thousands of happy owners, fulfilling for many the dream of owning an apartment by the shore. We follow Juan as he documents for the newspaper the ruinous landscape left behind by abandoned golf projects, or as he provides advice to owners of illegally built apartments who are suffering from the lack of basic services. The civil resistance of a few locals has saved Cap i Corp from the effects of massive development and has created a chance for sustainable development. For the moment.

Jorge Yetano is an experienced filmmaker, cameraman and director. He has been working in nonfiction for other directors, production companies and broadcasters for over 15 years. Having graduated in Contemporary History from the University of Zaragoza, in 2004 he graduated from the Zelig School for Documentary in Bolzano, Italy. Since then he has accumulated a broad experience as a shooter and director in Germany, Italy and Spain. In recent years he has worked intensely in the Middle East as a director and reporter for a range of production companies and broadcasters. 'En la orilla' / 'On the shore' is his first feature documentary as a director.




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