Dismantling the Line

Dismantling the Line is an interactive documentary focused on the closure of the conventional line Madrid-Cuenca-Utiel, where users are invited to discover, through the stories of more than 20 protagonists, the origin and closure of a historic route that came to connect the capital of Spain with the Mediterranean.

This project is part of the Final Project of the Master's Degree in Journalism and Digital Communication: Data and New Narratives, at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.

  • Joel Chaou Latorre
  • Joel Chaou
  • Joel Chaou
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Desmantelando la Línea
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Student, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    ethnography, social journalism, public transport journalism
  • Runtime:
    47 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 9, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    100 EUR
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  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    Catalan, English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    High-definition video 1920x1080
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
  • Preview of Dismantling the Line
    February 4, 2023
Director Biography - Joel Chaou Latorre

Joel Chaou Latorre has a degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the Universitat Jaume I in Castellón and a master's degree in Journalism and Digital Communication from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.

He lives and works in Madrid, but his birthplace is Las Cuevas de Utiel, a small village in the interior of Valencia with no more than half a thousand inhabitants. His Master's thesis "Desmantelando la Línea" (Dismantling the Line) tells the social and economic perspective that it means for his village to be left without a historic public service such as the railway, which has helped to transform and structure the Spanish territory for decades.

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