This Friday starts SocialMed València, the Mediterranean Film, Art and Human Rights Festival

Today the program and poster for the first edition of SocialMed were presented, a festival that focuses on cinema and artistic creation related to social issues geographically and culturally linked to the Mediterranean Sea, which will take place in Valencia between 19 and 27 November. The festival will feature the participation of the 2006 Nobel Prize winner for Literature, the Turkish Orhan Pamuk, who will participate, online, in a debate on the 10 years of the Arab Springs. SocialMed has chosen the artist Patricia Bolinches as the poster designer in an agreement with València Capital del Diseño 2022 and the Valencian Community Designers Association, through an open call to design professionals and an evaluation committee formed by both entities.

The Councilor for Tourism and Internationalization, Emiliano García, stated that “this is a necessary festival, because it highlights human rights cinema geographically and culturally linked to the Mediterranean Sea; and it puts the spotlight where nobody had put it until now, giving the same relevance to some human dramas that surround us but that are unnoticed ”.

For García SocialMed “it was born with the desire to be, in addition to being a film contest, a meeting point between Mediterranean countries, which addresses universal issues from plurality, diversity, integration and with an open look at reality”.

The City Council participates in this festival together with the ACM Foundation (Assembly of Mediterranean Citizens), the Valencia Institute of Human Rights and MedCities, a network that coordinates more than 60 Mediterranean cities, among which is Valencia.

This first edition “will revolve around the Arab Springs and how their echo had an international impact on other movements, such as the 15M case in Spain,” said García. For his part, the Director of SocialMed, Samuel Sebastián recalled that “in the Mediterranean we have, on a small scale, all the violations of Rights that exist in the world: climate change is one of the most important, but also political conflicts, wars ”for this reason, the Director of the contest believes that“ it is essential that there is a festival in which, through awareness, reflection and knowledge of other realities, address these issues in the countries around us ”.


The opening gala of the festival will take place on Friday, November 19, at 7:00 p.m., at La Beneficencia.

Debate: 15M and Valencian Spring 2012 –2021 with Germán Caballero, Laura Ballester, Alfonso Amador, Maribel Domenech and moderator José Antonio García Sáez. Place: Joan Plaza Auditorium of the Botanical Garden. Saturday, November 20, 6:00 p.m.

The 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature, Turkish Orhan Pamuk, will be online in the debate “Arab Springs, 10 years later”, next November 21 at 5:00 p.m. in the Joan Plaza auditorium of the València Botanical Garden.

Migratory Duel. Liliana Malaver and Rhama Basraoui participate. Location: Ice Factory. Thursday, November 25, 6:00 p.m.

Screening of the film Quo Vadis, Aida? and debate with Fernando Flores, Director of the Human Rights Institute of the University of València and Maria Chiara. Place: Filmoteca de València. Thursday, November 25, 8:00 p.m.

Debate on the 30 years of the war in Yugoslavia, with the journalist José Ricardo de Prada, the only Spanish judge who has participated in the court that tried the war crimes of the former Yugoslavia; Also participating are the journalist Marc Casals, author of the book “The Stone Remains”, Ruth Herrero and Marc Casals. Place: Petxina. Friday, November 26, 6:00 p.m.

In total, the I SocialMed València will present six sections: Med Cinema, Med Futurs + AniMed, Ágora Med, InnovaMed, Mediterrani És Dona and Med Latino.

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This Friday starts SocialMed València, the Mediterranean Film, Art and Human Rights Festival