Welcome to Spain
Bienvenidos a España
Spain is viewed through the eyes of recently arrived immigrants, revealing an acute perspective on the refugee experience.
Juan Antonio Moreno
Silvia Venegas, Juan Antonio Moreno
Spain 2021. 92min
With English subtitles
Spain sure knows how to make you feel welcome. Well, just so long as it’s for a visit. Director Juan Antonio Moreno provides narration for his film – wryly referencing Spanish tourist commercials – whose focus is a once-famous brothel, now a hostel, in the heart of picturesque Seville. He documents the arrival of new visitors to the country, thankful that they are in a place where locals are friendly and accompanied by relief that refuge has been found. However, it soon becomes apparent that increasing anti-immigrant sentiments, as well as the world beyond the doors of the hostel, pose new and unsettling challenges. An irreverent yet sobering portrait of a divided world, Welcome to Spain is a unique and fascinating portrait of the immigrant experience.
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