Since 1980, the Hungarian director Péter Forgács collects lost amateur footage of ordi­nary people and their day-to-day worries. With it, he made several prize-winning docu­men­taries in which the daily life of yester­year provides new insights in past periods. This is also the case in El Perro Negro, which shows the Spanish Civil War through the eyes of two Spanish amateur film­makers in the thir­ties. Summer love, a marriage, births and outings all take place in front of the 8mm cameras of a Catalan factory worker and a romantic student from Madrid. In the back­ground, mean­while, a new Spain is emerging, climbing out of the deep pit of economic reces­sion, ridden with social tension and headed, in a tearing rush, for an atro­cious war.


Production company
Lumen Film
TV company
Distributor NL
Cinema Delicatessen

Title: El Perro Negro - Stories From The Spanish Civil War
Year: 2005
Duration : 1 hour, 24 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2005

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