¡Viva! Sustainability Highlights

Sustainability is fully embedded into the heart of our organisation and part of this is programming films, theatre shows and art exhibitions which address environmental issues. For our ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival, we have three titles to highlight.

La Roya – showing Thu 31 Mar, Fri 1 Apr, Wed 6 Apr 

La Roya

From the director of anarcho-punk drama Los Nadie (¡Viva! 2018), La Roya (The Rust) inverts that tale of urban youth and transports us to the lush, forested hills of a remote coffee plantation, where Jorge is the last young man to work the land. Occasional illicit trysts offer Jorge respite from the heavy duties of farming and of caring for his grandfather, and now the local town fiesta is approaching, with the promise of letting loose with old schoolfriends who’ve returned to party, including his first love, Andrea. Nothing will solve the Coffee Leaf Rust that blights his crops, nor the memories of his late father that haunt his exquisitely beautiful dreams, but staying in his land is an act of love and resistance.

Salvaje – short film showing alongside La Roya


Maite Sánchez decides to make a life change for her and her family and leaves the city behind to begin a life in the mountains, where survival and self-sufficiency prevail. She becomes the rancher of the last breed of wild cow, the Betizú, a variety that is facing extinction. This breed is raised in the wild in the mountains of Goizueta, in the Basque Country, where Maite and her family live and share their wilderness lifestyle.

Born in Valencia, with a background in Audiovisual Communication and the world of advertising, Salvaje is Raúl González’s first involvement in documentary short film.

Y así aparecieron los ríos – short film showing alongside Contactado, Sat 19 Mar, Sun 27 Mar, Wed 6 Apr

Y así aparecieron los ríos

Long ago, before rivers existed in the Amazon, the god Kukama stood in his canoe, holding up his bow and arrows. His arrows flew one by one, creating vast winding rivers, which the Kukama people have tirelessly navigated to the present day. In a world where nature is prized, this animation takes viewers into the magical and beautiful world of the Amazon region, reminding us of our sacred connection to water.

This is the debut animation film from artist Miguel Araoz, born in 1977 in Cusco, Peru. Currently, he is co-directing his first feature film with Stephanie Boyd, called Karuara, la gente del río, which deals with the enchanted world of the spirits that live under the rivers of the Amazon, and the struggle of the Kukama people to save them.

Tickets for ¡Viva! go on general sale from 12pm Mon 21 Feb, with priority booking available for HOME Friends and HOME Members.

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