Scene from the film Africa 815
Scene from the film Africa 815
Scene from the film Africa 815
Scene from the film Africa 815
Scene from the film Africa 815
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Africa 815

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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
  • DOP
    Pilar Monsell
  • Editing
    Pilar Monsell
  • Sound
    Jonathan Darch, Clara Sanz
  • Duration
    67 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Spain
  • Colour
    • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Zinegoak, Bilbao 2015
    • Cine Por Venir, Valencia 2015
    • IBAFF, Murcia 2015
    • Cinema du Réel, Paris 2015
    • I Festival de Cine del Instituto Cervantes de Orán / Argelia 2015
    • Play Doc - Festival Internacional de Documentales de Tui / Galicia, Spain 2015
    • 27 États Généraux du film documentaire: "Route Doc: Espagne" / Lussas, France 2015
    • Festival Cinespaña Toulouse 2015, France
    • Festival Internacional Miradas Doc 2015 / Tenerife 2015
    • L'Alternativa, Festival de Cine Independiente de Barcelona 2015
    • Med Film Festival, Festival de Cine Mediterráneo de Roma, 2015
    • Márgenes Iberoamerican Film Festival 2014
    • Doclisboa 2014
    • Sevilla European Film Festival 2014
    • Lanzarote European Film Show 2014
  • Awards
    • Best Documentary Film / Zinegoak International Film Festival / Bilbao, Spain - February 2015
    • Distribution Award - Festival Márgenes Iberoamerican Film / Official Selection / December 4-31th, 2014
    • Panorama Platja D'Aro Award / L'Alternativa Festival de Cine Independiente de Barcelona / November 2015
    • Special Jury Mention CEME Doc 2015 / México DF, November 2015
    • Nomination for Best First Film & Best Documentary ASECAN ANDALUCIAN FILMS AWARD / Sevilla, January 2015 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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