Monthly Archives: November 2021

The Festival’s closing ceremony

The Festival’s closing ceremony will take place on Friday and we will find out which films the Official Jury has chosen as the winners. But on Saturday there will still be screenings at the various venues. Enter to find out more.


  • 17:00 Closing Ceremony. Late Autumn. South Korea / Hong Kong / EEUU. 2010. 115’
  • 19:30 “Silver Alhambra” award-winner film screening. Sección Oficial.
  • 22:00 “Golden Alhambra” award-winner film screening. Sección Oficial.


  • 16:30 Section Retrospective FESPACO. Teza. Etiopía / Alemania / Francia. 2008. 140’
  • 19:00 Section Memory of the south. Redes. México. 1936. 65’
  • 20:10 Section Itineraries. The Lightning Tree. Japón. 2010. 133’
  • 22:30 Section Itineraries. Mama Africa. Sudáfrica / Alemania / Finlandia. 2011. 90’


  • 17:00 Section Retrospective FESPACO. Drum. Sudáfrica. 2004. 94’
  • 19:00 Section Retrospective Bollywood in black. No One killed Jessica. India. 2011. 136’
  • 21:30 Section Retrospective Bollywood in black. Raajneeti. India. 2010. 163’

“Flower in the Pocket”: a film about motherless children

“Flower in the pocket” is the film by the young Malaysian director Liew Seng Tat (1979) that has been awarded at the Pusan ​​and Rotterdam film festivals and will be presented this month at the “Cines del Sur” contest in Granada.

And what is this movie about? In Japan there is a curious custom: Mother’s Day is commemorated with flowers. According to tradition, flowers of two colors are offered, the white symbolizing death and the red one for life.

With this starting point the director wanted to make a movie about two children on the trail of that maternal figure, but with the passage of time he changed his mind, and finally it is about children who were not even aware of her existence. That is why the mother became the background of the story: the tale of two motherless children and their complicated life with a father who is addicted to work and neglects them.

A hard subject where they exist and it will be necessary to see the movie to discover how he has dealt with it and what conclusions he has drawn from the unstructured families. A priori, the film seems optimistic.

Regarding filming with children, the filmmaker stated in an interview that although for others it is problematic because they have to be disciplined at work, for him it has been positive because he learned to be more flexible and this completely changed his concept of filming. a film. Well, for these sensible statements and for the daring choice of the subject, I bet on this boy and I wish him the best of luck in his work.

How to help your child overcome nighttime fears

Young children, especially between the ages of three and six, often wake up at night and come to us in shock for our protection. Nighttime fears lurk when the light goes out and they go to sleep, and nightmares and night terrors are normal.

Fear is an emotion that children should experience, but it is important that they know that we are by their side so that they go through it. We give you some tips to help your child overcome his nighttime fears.

Nightmares and night terrors

Before continuing we must differentiate between nightmares and night terrors. Nightmares are a very scary dream, followed by a full awakening.

On the other hand, after night terrors the child may appear to be awake, but in reality it is a partial awakening from a very deep sleep phase. He may even scream and move while he’s having her, but then he doesn’t remember what happened.

These episodes are very common in children, in fact feeling fear is not bad, since it is also part of the learning that helps them evolve and better cope with the situations that arise.

Through dreams we channel everyday experiences and the emotions that they produce in us. In children in the middle of the stage where monsters and terrifying characters occupy a lot of their thoughts, it is normal for them to revive them in their dreams. On some occasions, fears are motivated by situations that distress them such as a move, separation from parents, change of school, etc.

How to help them overcome nighttime fears?

What can parents do to help them overcome these fears? It is clear that we cannot control their dreams, so it is inevitable that they will suffer from them. But we can take into account certain routines to try that the child has the most pleasant sleep possible.

We can, for example:

● Designate a protective stuffed animal to take care of at night.

● Create some made up character like a good fairy who comes at night and takes the monsters away or this monster scare spray idea which is great.

● Do not scare them with the man with the bag, or the black hand, or the bad witch, or that kind of nonsense. Help him differentiate fiction from reality.

● Demystify how terrifying monsters can be, by telling them stories about good monsters or good witches, or for example through films like Monster’s, which I think is a good idea to address the issue of fears in children.

● Bedtime routine also plays a role: Create a cozy, relaxing environment with soft music and soft lighting.

● You can leave a night light on in case your child wakes up at night.

● Prevent him from watching movies with violent scenes before going to bed. Instead, read a nice bedtime story to him.

● Talk about the bad dream the next morning and explain that there is nothing to fear, that monsters do not exist and that Mom and Dad are there to take care of it.

Despite all precautions, one night the child will wake up in fear. Do not minimize the feeling of him by saying things like “it is not true” or “do not be scared”, for them feeling fear is important and they need the parents to be there to take care of them and reassure them.

They don’t get braver by not comforting them. The bad things in life will always be there, and even if we wanted to, we cannot prevent our children from suffering. But the important thing is to show them that we are there to accompany them until they pass.