The Weight of a Blanket

Screening and question-and-answer session 19.10.2016 / 7 pm

Event Hall

On the streets of Barcelona the most visible, and yet invisible, immigrants fight to survive as illegal street vendors. They are victims of racism, unyielding, hounded by the police. For many years they remained silent, but they have finally found a voice and created their own union. Their demands are simple: more understanding, more awareness, more dignity. Our documentary follows their fight.


Presentation of El peso de la manta [The Weight of a Blanket] (36 min., language: Spanish with English subtitles)

Direction: George Brereton, Francesca Romana Degl'Innocenti, Aisha Doherty, John English, Julie France, Tom Garner, Clelia Goodchild, Leanne Hayman, David Innes, Rebecca Lamich, Prunelle Mathet Girardeau, Toulla Mavromati, Cynthia Parker, James Phillip Royle

Production: OTOXO Productions

“The documentary follows Aziz, Lamine and Seni, street vendors in the city. The creation of the Popular Union of Street Vendors in October of 2015 is the main focus of the documentary, which helped us get closer to the collective in order to better understand them.” (la Directa, 7.5.2016)

The screening will be attended by two of the film’s directors: Francesca Romana Degl’Innocenti and Leanne Hayman, and a representative from the street vendors’ union.

Twitter: @ElPesoDeLaManta
Instagram: @ElPesoDeLaManta



Image: frame from the documentary "El peso de la manta".