Los directores del Festival de Cine de Barrio, Yuli Rodriguez (i) y Emiliano Escoto (d) hablan hoy durante una rueda de prensa realizada en Ciudad de México (México). EFE/José Méndez

Mexico City, Nov 10 (EFE).- The Neighborhood Film Festival (Feciba) in Mexico City reaches its fifth edition, thus consolidating itself as a relevant project, and organizers will celebrate this fifth anniversary in the popular brave neighborhood of Tepito and surrounding neighborhoods, they reported this Friday at a press conference.

“The fifth year for us means that we are talking about a solid project, that has built strong communities and that is reaching a moment of recognition as a project that is no longer a novelty, but is becoming a project that has a voice for dialogue with the city’s neighborhoods,” Emiliano Escoto, director of the festival, explained to EFE.

Given this panorama of celebration and consolidation, it seemed obvious that Feciba had to be held this year in Tepito, a place that any capital resident would think of when talking about a neighborhood.

For this reason, the festival will take place from November 21 to 26 and 34 selected films will be shown for free not only in Tepito, but also in the surrounding neighborhoods such as La Merced or Lagunilla, because these areas also had the need to strengthen and disseminate their processes. community.

“Tepito is embedded in the collective imagination mainly as a “red zone” but also as an interesting space that must be known, but how much do we know about La Merced? How much do we know about Peralvillo? About the central neighborhoods beyond of the Zócalo?”, questioned Escoto.

The date of the festival is approaching after a whole year of work in the neighborhood, where the members of Feciba went in to learn – “just on the surface” – the community dynamics and common needs.

“It is important to think of Feciba not only as a festival that occurs at a specific time, but as a long process that is dedicated to weaving networks with different spaces,” he continued.

In this sense, he assured that the festival does not come “to say anything to the neighborhood”, but to listen and learn, since each neighborhood has its own teachings, its own processes and problems.

“The main lesson is that, listening,” said the director, while detailing that in these five years they have also realized the great need to create initiatives that encourage film production in the places where each edition is held to that “there really is more neighborhood cinema.”

The selection of this fifth edition features films that pay tribute to local characters such as the queen of albur or Doña Queta, creator 22 years ago of the most iconic altar to Santa Muerte in the city.

In addition, there will also be short and feature films that touch on issues that affect Tepito such as growing up in the neighborhood, issues related to the LGBT community and others to achieve the objective of decentralizing the cinematographic offer and taking it to other spaces where there are no exhibition offers. .

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