The Civilization Desire

El deseo de la civilización

Civilizační touha

  • Carolina Astudillo Muñoz
  • Spain
  • 2014, 7 min
Script: Carolina Astudillo Muñoz
Editing: Georgia Panagou
Music: Diego Mune
Producer, Co-producer: Carolina Astudillo Muñoz
Color: Black and white
Language: Spanish

Th is collage of home movies shot in Spain during the civil war and the early days of Francoism focuses on the subjects that Virginia Woolf critically explored in her book-length essay Th ree Guineas: war as a foolish and exclusively male fiction, and women’s exclusion from education and certain professions.

The essay that formed the inspiration for this film is a classic work of feminist thinking. It was conceived in response to a letter from a man who asked Woolf how to prevent war.



War as a preposterous and absolutely masculine fiction -as well as the educational and occupational exclusion of women in a society that educates them to serve and be mothers- is repudiated by Virginia Woof in Three Guineas. The Civilization Desire is a piece that appropriates family movies filmed in Spain during the Republic, the Civil War and the early years of Francoism. The home movie becomes an alternative chronicle to the great stories, that reveals social differences and gender stereotypes learned from childhood, in the civilization of strength, despised by Woolf.

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Festival edition: 2014
Sections: Fascinations
Premiere Type: International Premiere
Exhibition format: Blu-ray
Subtitle languages: English
24.10.2014 16:00


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