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2. World conference of film Societies held in Mexico in August

This three-day event managed to provide a meeting point for 380 people who commented, discussed and reached consensus over the sessions that addressed issues about the role of the public and institutions in the cinematographic field.

More than 20 guests from various countries participated in nine round tables and three debate sessions thanks to the support of the Historic Center Trust, the Carrillo Gil Art Museum, the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, CONACULTA, the Library Miguel Lerdo de Tejada, the Tourism Ministry and the International Federation of Film Societies, among others.
An exhibition of newspapers, documents, posters, videos and photos was organized to promote the memories and experiences of film societies, as well as to encourage research and reflection on the public's rights. Emphasizing on the right of culture, association and opinion, the event also aimed to present the civil and institutional changes that are currently taking place in Mexico. The participants reaffirmed their commitment to continue working for the benefit of cultural promoters and representatives of the world expressed pleasure, surprise and sympathy for our city, institutions and civil organizations that work for the good of our society.

Round Tables Abstracts

Thursday, August 20th 2009 Carrillo Gil Art Museum
10:30 am -12:00 pm
Iberoamerican Film Societies: education and memories
Julio Lamaña, Spain
Gabriel Rodríguez, Mexico
Moderator: Felipe Macedo, Brazil

Gabriel Rodriguez presented a historical overview of film societies in Mexico and its origins in France and Spain in the early 1920s. Focusing on the Spanish generation of 1927 and the art movie theaters in France, Rodriguez explained how such influences reached America; from Spain to Mexico and from France to Buenos Aires.
Felipe Macedo complemented by explaining how these European ideas took part in the birth of the first film society in Brazil, the Chaplin Club.
Julio Lamaña discussed the need to preserve past achievements in order to build film societies in modern days. Lamaña also mentioned the importance to incorporate the internet dynamics into the life of film societies today. He then exposed a panorama of the Iberoamerican Film Societies' movement since 2004, pinpointing its main projects.

12:15 pm -14:00 pm
The global picture, film societies in the XXI century
Paolo Minuto, Italy
Claudino de Jesus, Brazil
Moderator: Julio Lamaña, Spain

Claudino de Jesus presented an overview of the film societies in Brazil during the last 3 decades. He pointed out the active role of the country in the film society movement through the organization of 4 Iberoamerican and 27 national film societies' meetings involving 370 film societies members of the CNC, 3 state federations plus other forms of independent association. De Jesus also explained how diversity is the main characteristic to describe the Brazilian film societies, not only in their modus operandi, but also in relation to the thematics they explore. To conclude, he talked about projects developed to feed film societies like: the Filmoteca Carlos Vieira, Programadora Brasil, Cine+Cultura and the future publication of the Manual for Film Societies by Felipe Macedo.

Paolo Minuto exposed the reality of the film societies' movement worldwide, mentioning events like the creation of the Charter on the Public's Rights in Tabor, 1987; the first International Festival of Film Societies in Poitiers, 1994; IFFS's General Assembly in Thessalonike, 1997 and the presence of Argentina in Cottbus, 1999, as the only delegate from America. Minuto also confirmed the growing presence of Latin America and Asia in the activities of the IFFS, but called attention to the absence of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Julio Lamaña read a greeting from the FICCU from Uruguay.

17:00 pm -19:00 pm
Cultural supplies for the public
José Serralde, Mexico
Miguel Ángel Recillas, Mexico
Sebastian Huber, Germany-Mexico
Moderator: Paula Astorga, Mexico

Miguel Ángel Recillas, representing IMCINE (Mexican Film Institute), explained how Mexican film societies can make use of the institution's catalogue. www.imcine.gob.mx .
Sebastian Huber, representing the Goethe Institute Mexiko, presented their film catalogue and explained how it can be a source of programming for film societies and other entities. http://www.goethe.de/Ins/mx/lp/prj/flm/esindex.htm.
José Serralde pondered on the accessibility of digital cultural supplies, emphasizing that such supplies should be transferable, reusable and able to be transformed. Serralde's ideas generated a debate about whether or not the reuse and transformation of cultural supplies can be considered piracy.

Friday, August 21st , 2009
Library Miguel Lerdo de Tejada
10:30 am -12:00 pm
Mexican Experiences
Fernando Osorio, Mexico
Moderator: Gabriel Rodriguez, Mexico

Fernando Osorio discussed the experiences of the film societies' movement in the city Puebla, Mexico. By presenting a historical view of the cinematographic context during the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's, Osorio explained the role played by the University of Puebla and the local government in support of film societies. He also mentioned the creation of the Buñuel Film Institute and the ANCCU, National Association of Universities' Film Societies and its participation at the IFFS during the 1980's. Concluded with the idea of the need to seek the constant formalization of the film societies' movement.

12:15 pm -2:00 pm
Diffusion and Alternative Screening

Julio Lamaña, Spain
Fernando Serrano, Mexico
Sergio Barrientos, Mexico
Amanda Sucar, Mexico
Moderator: Paula Astorga, Mexico

Fernando Serrano shared his experience in the film societies' movement by developing projects such as screenings in schools and prisons with the support of the government of Mexico City. Serrano called attention to the importance to film societies of being familiar with cinematographic cultures and of approaching new audiences.
Sergio Barrientos representing a group of film societies, Forum Artéria, described their work method under the motto ”Screening Always”. With the goal of capturing new audiences, they produce their own films to promote the history of cinema in Mexico. www.tloxcatli.blogspot.com.
Amanda Sucar presented an overview of Ambulante, an itinerary documentary festival. Defending the documentary as a fundamental tool for social change, Sucar shared the philosophy of the film societies, defending the debate after the film as an important means for the public to express their views.
Julio Lamaña briefly summarized the philosophy of CINESUD and reported its latest advances. He also mencioned a recent alliance between the IFFS and UNESCO to incorporate CINESUD's titles into UNESCO's online platform, enabling streamings for programmers around the world. http://plataformacinesud.wordpress.com, http://creativecontent.unesco.org/welcome

5:00 pm -7:00 pm
Rights of the Public: Advances and Legislative Challenges

Claudino de Jesus, Brazil
José Alfonso Suarez del Real, Mexico
Paolo Minuto, Italy
Moderator: Fernando Serrano, Mexico
Paolo Minuto contrasted the rights of the public with the human rights, in terms of collectiveness and individuality. After reviewing some key points of the 1987 Charter of Tabor, he concluded that instituting film societies legally in their respective countries is itself a way to recognize and defend the rights of the public.
Claudino de Jesus recalled that the reading of the Charter of Tabor during the 1st World Conference brought up a need for a campaign claiming the rights of the public. Since then, Brazil has taken several measures to promote such rights and De Jesus explained each one of them. http://derechosdelpublico.wordpress.com
José Alfonso Suarez del Real detailed a pioneer initiative in the world of legislation on the rights of the public; the "general law initiative to protect the rights of the publics to goods and services provided by the State in matters of culture".

Saturday August 22nd, 2009
Carrillo Gil Art Museum| Room 3G

10:30 am -12:00 pm
Current panorama of Mexican film societies
Film Societies of Mexico City
Miguel Ángel Salazar / Lila Nieto, Mexico
Patricia Zavala, Mexico
Abel Chavez, Mexico
Moderator: Andres Pulido, Mexico

Patricia Zavala commented on the activities of film society Revolución during its first year of existence. Zavala presented an overview on how the programming, the screenings, the publications, the public and the room itself, which functions inside the Carrillo Gil Art Museum, improved and nurtured the identity of CineClub Revolución.
Abel Chavez represented the Film Society of the Juárez University in the state of Durango, Mexico. Spoke about the film society's origins and current activities, which include sessions for children, outdoor screenings and participation in film festivals.
Miguel Ángel Salazar read a text elaborated by the members of the Communitarian Film Societies network of Mexico City, in which each film society described their activities, their public, their environment, their recent achievements and challenges.

12:15 pm -2:00 pm
Training and capacitation of cultural promoters
Felipe Macedo, Brazil
Vanessa Bojorquez, Mexico
Fernando Serrano, Mexico
Jose Luis Martinez, Mexico
Moderator: Gabriel Rodriguez, Mexico

Vanessa Bojorquez defended the idea that a cultural promoter is a mean between cultural goods and the public. Considered that cultural promotion should be recognized as a profession.
Fernando Serrano sees film societies as cultural promoters, and defended the systematic training of film societies' leaders, insisting on the need to share experiences and materials.
Jose Luis Martinez began his presentation stressing the difficulty of defining a cultural promoter. On the other hand, defended that a cultural promoter should not only be familiar with the cultural scope, but also with the social conditions of his or hers working environment.
Felipe Macedo defended that film societies are responsible for proposing new models of substitution in relation to comercial cinemas. Cited the example of Tunisia, which has more film societies than commercial movie theaters. Criticized Antoine De Baeque's concept of “cinefilia” for being anachronistic and sustained that “cinefilia” must be on the basis of the film society movement today in order to enable transformation. Concluded with the practical example of workshops for the capacitation of film societies in Brazil that uphold this idea.

5:00 pm -7:00 pm
Technological and cultural perspectives
José Serralde, Mexico
Julio Lamaña, Spain
Claudino de Jesus, Brazil
Moderator: Paolo Minuto

Julio Lamaña presented different tools available online for film societies nowadays.
Global map of film societies in Googlemap
Mundokino, International observatory of film societies
Film Societies' photographic archive on Flickr
UNESCO's platform streaming CINESUD films

José Maria Serralde underlined the need of transforming content in accessible, transferable and reusable information. Gave us an overview of transferable platforms of the WEB 2.0, pointing out its limits and contradictions. Explained the goal of the Free Software Directory and described the project SELF (http://www.selfproject.eu/).
Claudino of Jesus reiterated that the current film societies' movement should consult the tools available on the internet. Cited projects developed by the Iberoamerican group of the IFFS as examples on how new technologies can be used to enrich the film societies' movement worldwide.

More information:
Official Website: http://cmcineclubismo.wordpress.com/
Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mundokino/sets/72157621966242771/

2nd World Conference of Film Societies, Mexico 2009
Round Tables Abstracts

Compilated by Julio Lamaña, Carolina Elias and Gabriel Rodriguez
English text: Carolina Elias
Barcelona-México City , 2009