Africa 815

2014 / Spain / 67min

Going in depth into her father’s photo archive and diaries about his experience during the military service at the Sahara Spanish colony in 1964, Pilar spots the lost paradise where he always would try to come back.

In the eighties and nineties, after the failure of his family project, Manuel Monsell will start to traveling to the Maghreb. Again with his photo camera, he will run after the beauty of some portraits which could move him to the place of his dreams.

But all these trips reveal much more about the place of departure than about the place of destination. Romantic love, independence and family compose a stage of a refuge that getting itself broken, it commit ourselves to ask not only about our more sincere desires but also about the need of rethinking the sense of these old words.



  • Original title
    África 815
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Pilar Monsell
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Pilar Monsell
  • Editing
    Pilar Monsell
  • Music
  • Sound
    Jonathan Darch, Clara Sanz
  • Duration
    67 min
  • Year
  • Country
    • Spain
  • Colour
    • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Audio Tracks
  • Subtitles
  • Production
  • Distribution


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