El viatge de la Marta
Neus Ballús’ second feature (after docudrama The Plague) follows a Spanish teenager who is forced to consider her whiteness on a family holiday in Senegal.
Dir Neus Ballús
Prod Edmon Roch, Pau Subirós, Cristóbal García, Lina Badenes, Javier Ugarte
Scr Neus Ballús, Pau Subirós
With Elena Andrada, Sergi López, Diomaye A.Ngom
Sales Film Factory Entertainment
With English subtitles
Is it possible to avoid being problematic when you’re a middle-class white tourist prone to sunburn and entitlement? It’s what Spanish teenager Marta (a quietly intense Elena Andrada) wonders as she eye-rolls her way through a painful Christmas holiday in Senegal, staying with her estranged dad and annoying little brother in a resort full of white sunburnt pensioners. Turning her nose up at her dad’s timetable of culturally-appropriative tourism, she rejects family bonding time, choosing instead to make some local alliances, first with the hotel maid Aissatou and then a romance with aspiring filmmaker Khouma. As Marta becomes aware of the wider implication of her flippant teenage rebellion, Ballús’ strikingly self-reflexive film reveals pointed insights on the pursuit of cross-cultural exploration and solidarity.
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