The Fence (El Cerco)

Bavarian Premiere

Screenings: Saturday, March 25, 2006, 12:30 and Sunday, March 26, 2006, 17:30 (UMAMI)


Country of Origin: Spain
Year of Production: 2005
Duration: 12′
Category: Documentary

Director: Ricardo Íscar, Nacho Martín
Cinematographer: Ricardo Íscar, Nacho Martín
Sound: Ricardo Íscar, Nacho Martín
Producer: Héctor Fáver, Joan Gonzalez

Synopsis: It’s the same gory ritual, every summer. Thousands of migrating tuna fish crowd into the Mediterranean on their way through the Strait of Gibraltar. In a centuries-old tradition, Spanish fishing boats await the arrival of the fish in this narrow channel, armed with a veritable wall of nets to block their path. “La Almadraba” is the name of the original Moorish ritual, during which knives and harpoons are also used.

Festivals & Awards: Berlinale Panorama 2006 (Prix UIP), Internacional Festival del Cine de San Roque 2006 (Best Documentary), Festival de cine español de Málaga, Festival Internacional de Cine de Guadalajara, Documenta Madrid 2006, PLAY-DOC Festival Internacional de Documentais de Tui, CIEMCINE Festival Nacional de Cine de Ciempozuelos