RAW: Arché→Work Residencies

In 2019, Arché and Spanish Film Festival Márgenes present a new project: RAW: Arché→Work Residencies, six-weeks programme a creative development and training programme taking place in Arché, an artistic residency in Lisbon and MRG//Work, Márgenes’s development and training space

With the support of Ibermedia Programme, RAW aims at continuing and strengthening Lisbon-Madrid axis into service of a plural and independent film industry of non-fiction film, and encourage co-productions between Ibermedia countries and encouraging the proximity between production and research.

RAW targets film projects, artists and producers with unique and authoral proposals, relevant in the contemporary documentary panorama, but also targets young film researchers and critics of the non-fiction films.

In 2019, three projects and two cirtics are part of the two RAW programmes:

Creation Residencies

The program is aimed at emerging directors and producers from one of the Ibermedia Program member countries with an audiovisual project in development. Priority will be given to innovative, coherent and relevant proposals in the contemporary scene.



Selected Projects:

Pepe, la Imaginación en el Tercer Cine
by Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias
Production: Pablo Lozano, Tanya Valette, Monte y Culebra SRL (Dominican Republic, Colombia, France)
Writing stage
Sinopsis: In the jungle of Colombia, Pepe, a young hippo, was killed. Between sounds and bellows, his ghost narrates his story, an authentic and false story, serious and playful. Another story to add to the imaginary of the neighbouring towns, full of macho fights, dictatorships and beings that have died without ever knowing where they really were.

Miraba caer las gotas iluminadas por los relámpagos, y cada que respiraba suspiraba, y cada vez que pensaba, pensaba en ti / I watched the drops illuminated by the lightning fall, and every time I breathed I sighed, and every time I thought, I thought of you
by Pepe Gutiérrez García
Production: Tatiana Graullera, Los no ricos films (Mexico)
Development Stage
Sinopsis: Fiction and documentary are mixed exploring the origins and development of colonialism. In the XVII century, a Spanish sailor crosses the Pacific Ocean in the Manila galleon. In the XXI century, documentary images of Mexico, the Philippines and China following the route that the galleon followed for more than 300 years. Past and present coexist through automated humans, spaces that become figures and lights that become extinct in the dark.

Sobre las nubes / About the clouds
by María Aparicio
Production: Pablo Ratto, Eva Cáceres, Trivial Media (Argentina)
Development stage
Sinopsis: Ramiro works as a cook in a bar. Hernán is an unemployed engineer. Nora is a nurse in a public hospital. Lucia is a bookseller. Four stories and a black and white city with a persistent rain. None of them knows each other; they are only inhabitants of the same city.


Film Criticism and Research Residencies

This program is aimed at young critics and researchers from one of the Ibermedia Programme member countries, whose object of study is related to the non-fiction cinematic practice, with a focus on Portuguese, Spanish and Latin American audiovisual production. This programme aims to promote the creation of content and knowledge in order to foster the dialogue between research and contemporary filmmaking practices.


Selected Participants:

With Land
by Lucía Salas

Abstract: Artists are settlers. And space? With Land, Lucía Salas searches for films made in Los Angeles, a never-ending city located in the USA, but which is also an extension of many lands: Latin America to the south, Asia from the Pacific and the world in all its margins.

Percursos e derivas da não ficção espanhola recente / Directions and drifts of recent Spanish non-fiction cinema 
by Miguel Zozaya

Abstract: This research project aims to reflect on the films and authors of Spanish documentary films of the last decade (attending to their relationships, their thematic and formal interests, their possible genealogies, etc.) and analyze their circulation through specialized festivals. Likewise, it seeks to inquire into the role that these festivals play – through their programming work, but also through their production aids – in the creation of new canons for non-fiction films.