Barcelona – A Welcoming City

The image of Barcelona is characterised by a cosmopolitan touristic life, long term gentrification processes and progressive political perspectives, as for example for the welcoming of refugees and migrants. In order to find out to what extent the self-drawn image of Barcelona as a ‘Refugee City’ reaches the realities of the lives of the people affected by the European border regime, this ethnographic documentary focuses on the local political strategies which define and regulate the treatment of migrants. Further, it shows the alarming deficits and precarious living situations of those who have come in search of more humane living conditions and how, due to The Immigration Law, most of them spent years without the perspective of a right to stay or a work permit.

Due to a one-year-and-half anthropological research with a collaborative approach, this documentary gives a deep insight into the everyday life, functioning and networking of diverse migrant communities and documents their persistent fight against the prevailing racist power relations.

It consists in the presentation of the self-organized Union of Street Vendors of Barcelona, the human rights initiative ’Tanquem els CIEs’ which fights for the closure of Immigrant Detention Centres across Spain, the campaign against racial profiling ’Parad de Pararme’, the collective ’Frontera Sur’ which accompanies refugees after their arrival at Spain's southern border and in their asylum process, and the self-organized migrant-and-refugee-protest ’Encierro Migrante’ which occupied a former Art School in Barcelona in order to reach out to the local politicians and fight for their human rights. These collectives have been involved in the research, shooting and editing-process of this ethnographic documentary film, which aims to show the social struggles in the face of institutional racism from a BPOC and migrant perspective.

  • Christin Schuchardt
    Director
  • Christin Schuchardt, Andrés Díaz
    Writer
  • Christin Schuchardt
    Producer
  • Nebon Babou Bassono
    Key Cast
  • Lamine Bathily
    Key Cast
  • Kaire Ba Dejuan
    Key Cast
  • Mercè Duch
    Key Cast
  • Victoria Canalla
    Key Cast
  • 21 Aerials
    Camera
  • Najib Abidi
    Camera
  • Panayiotis Achniotis
    Camera
  • Marc Almodóvar
    Camera
  • Mohammad Alsharqawi
    Camera
  • Raquel Rei Branco
    Camera
  • Alejandra Caballero
    Camera
  • Sònia Calvó Carrió
    Camera
  • Andrea Moreno Ciriza
    Camera
  • Oriol Daviu
    Camera
  • Andrés Diaz
    Camera
  • Andrés Ávila Escobar
    Camera
  • Pedro Mata
    Camera
  • Carlos Martín-Peñasco
    Camera
  • Zala Opera
    Camera
  • Marta Saleta
    Camera
  • Christin Schuchardt
    Camera
  • Christin Schuchardt
    Edit
  • Andrés Díaz
    Edit
  • Tommy Leb
    Mixing and Mastering
  • Andrés Díaz
    Colour Grading
  • Hannes Wittmer
    Music
  • Clara Jochum
    Music
  • Andreu Comas
    Translation to English
  • Jenny Dinwoodie
    Translation to English
  • Sheila González
    Translation to English
  • Sofía Puertas Martin
    Translation to English
  • Christin Schuchardt
    Translation to English
  • Jenn Stoll
    Translation to English
  • Marta Sveinbjörnsdóttir
    Translation to English
  • Clara Rodriguez Arasans
    Translation to German
  • Virginia López Bernabé
    Translation to German
  • Vera Burkhardt
    Translation to German
  • Sofía Puertas Martin
    Translation to German
  • Juan Escribano Navarro
    Translation to German
  • Llanquiray Painemal Morales
    Translation to German
  • Christin Schuchardt
    Translation to German
  • Assma Assoumani
    Translation to French
  • Garazi Ateka
    Translation to French
  • Nebon Babou Bassou
    Translation to French
  • Lea Colsón
    Translation to French
  • Catalina LaCalva Domínguez Castelló
    Translation to French
  • Lucile Doussin (Elvis)
    Translation to French
  • Remi Gouget
    Translation to French
  • Noel Mata Casanova
    Translation to Catalàn
  • Mercè Duch
    Translation to Catalàn
  • Anna Galí
    Translation to Catalàn
  • Laura OC
    Translation to Catalàn
  • Xavier Muñoz Lannes
    Translation to Catalàn
  • Christin Schuchardt
    Translation to Catalàn
  • Ruth Gozalbo
    Translation to Catalàn
  • Virigna López Bernabé
    Subtitles
  • Guerilla Media Collective
    Subtitles
  • Remi Gouget
    Subtitles
  • Christin Schuchardt
    Subtitles
  • Tommy Leb
    Sound Editing
  • Christin Schuchardt
    Sound Editing
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature, Student, Television, Web / New Media, Other
  • Runtime:
    60 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Spain
  • Language:
    English, French, German, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Georg-August-University Göttingen
Director Biography - Christin Schuchardt

Christin Schuchardt, born in Erfurt/Germany in 1990, studied Anthropology and Gender Studies at the university of Göttingen. During her master in Visual Anthropology she produced her first short film called "Iduna-Komplex" (2016) and found her passion for filmmaking and nonfiction storytelling. In the past two and a half years she focussed on producing her first mid-length documentary "Barcelona - A Welcoming City'' (2021), an independent and participatory ethnographic film about the persistent resistance of five BPOC and migrant collectives in the face of institutional racism. She is currently living in Barcelona, working as a freelance translator and dedicating every free minute to filmmaking and climbing.

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