Lights of Hope

Lights of Hope”

 

What do a Marketing Manager of a multinational company, an old Lighthouse Keeper and the leader of a Syrian refugee camp in Greece have in common?

Life in isolation, the blockade of the individual and the dramatic situation in the Mediterranean.

Story Line

A lighthouse is a public building of a universal rescue nature where the lighthouse keeper has a clear mission, to turn on the light for all types of navigators.

With the point of view stuck in the Civil War of Syria, “El Periple” reflects the most intimate memory of the Spanish Republican exile in 1939 and the repression during the Spanish post-war period, setting the course towards some answers to the deepest moral and humanitarian crisis experienced in Europe since World War II.

Today millions of people flee wars, but the borders of the old continent are closed, the lights of the European democracies are extinguished.

At night, when the light of a lighthouse is turned off, it means that something serious is happening, an accident, warning of shipwreck, or even the arrival of a war.

Miquel, a veteran executive, loses his job at the multinational company where he works. He needs to change his life.

Alfredo and his family have to leave their home, the lighthouse on Buda, when it is deliberately destroyed by fire in the Spanish Civil War.

So begins the journey towards exile.

Ammar was the sales boss of an automotive plant in Damascus now he is the leader of the refugees at the camp in Filippiada Greece.

Three very different stories, each one about the pain of exile.


A movie by

  • Mario Pons Múria

Directors of Photography

  • Mario Pons Múria
  • Alex García García

Sound Direction

  • Mario Pons Múria

Editing and Post Production

  • Laura Hierro Garvín
  • Mario Pons Múria
  • Portrayal and Script
  • Mario Pons Múria

Historical Props

  • David Moré Aguirre
  • Helena Garrigós Cabezas
  • Josep Sánchez Cervelló

Sound

  • Marcos López Gomariz

Recording Studio

  • Cactus

Musical Producer

  • Francisco Pérez Gallardo
  • Performers

Guitars

  • Francisco Pérez Gallardo

Ukelele

  • Alfredo Cero

Bass

  • Jaume Tauler

Drums

  • Marc Torner

Voices

  • AbrahimAli
    MehmodDali
  • Hand Drum
  • MehmodDali

Translation

  • Miquel BadaMasdeu
  • Delia Perez-Livermore
  • Eva Ramos Alcolea
  • Hilari Arasa

Graphic Design

  • David Garcia Ballús

Sègula Films

Mario Pons and the Segula film team worked with Catalan TV on the documentary “ The future of Terres de l’Ebre”.  

XIX festival Internacional de Mediambient de Barcelona (FICMA) the international REC of Tarragona 2012 the Medimed of Sitges 2013 the international festival of Zaragoza, Ecozine 2013. Broadcast the programme “Non Fiction” with 200,000 viewers in primetime. Controversial, pessemistic for some, realistic for others, even today Segula films is socially committed and this time with the effects of the ‘crash of the housing market’ in 2008 on the working clases.

2015 saw the the premier of “The Daughter of the light Kepper”  Festival Memorimage de Reus 2015.

Museu Marítim de Barcelona, Museu del Port de Barcelona, Museu del Port de Tarragona, University summer camp of Prada de Conflent 2015.The Sea Museum of the Ebro Delta 2016. The ecozine International festival in Zaragoza 2016. Democratic Memorial 2016

Reculls de prensa: La Filla del farer

At this time , Mario Pons is presenting “ El Periple, the old light of Europe” 2018. as Musical Producer and director. 2006-2018 The original sound track 2006. Mikel Laboa. Ojos de Brujo. Gaiters de Chaca. Quico el Celio, el noi i el mut de ferreries. Jordi Molina Estudis Trama.

“The Battle of Memories” Original sound track. Disk Mario Pons Audiovisual production. TV. DiskMedi. Túbal. Quico el Celio, el noi i el mut de Ferreries. 2009.

“The future of the land of the Ebro, straight” BSO. Los Sigadors. 2015 https://youtu.be/vp6I0vnC3fI Gira Espectacle “Sègula, lo futur de les Terres de l’Ebre”. Los Sirgadors. 2012 Gira Espectacle “The Sleeping Land”. Los Sirgadors. 2013/18. Chosen by

Barcelona’sTradicional Festival 2013, Barnasants 2013. Mediterranian Fare

de Manresa 2013. Festival en Veu Alta 2014. Festival de Música Tradicional de

la Granadella 2017. Gira Espectacle “La Filla del farer”. Los Sirgadors. 2015/2016.

http://www.sirgadors.cat/bloc/

“El Periple” BSO. Los Sirgadors. 2018 https://youtu.be/3SwxkiJ8vW8

Altres produccions documentals

https://www.segulafilms.com/bloc/category/daltres-produccions/museus/

“Tarragona sota les bombes” Documental. 2009.

Una producció de l‘Ajuntament de Tarragona i el Memorial Democràtic sobre els

bombardejos a Tarragona de 1937.

“Quan la torre del pretori era la presó de pilats” Documental. 2009. Una

producció de l’Ajuntament de Tarragona sobre la presó franquista de Pilats.

“1811, The siege of Tarragona” Documentary. 2011 a production with the collaboration of Tarragona town Hall and Heritage Council Town Hall.

“The Ebro Walkway” Report 2007

A production for the institute for the development of the Ebro counties about the navigability of the Ebro. As the script writer and director of “Clean water clean hands” a production by the

New water culture Foundation with the support of Pere Portabella. 2005

As executive producer: “ The Crack”. 2002 Documentary made by Bonaventura Durall and Produced for Naunuk Productions. This documentary was filmed over 3 months in Argentina.

“GoldmanAwards 2003 produced by Roll and Relatives Production- Hollywood.” Californian Producer. On the occassion of the Goldman award ceremony this documentary was presented at the San Francisco Opera House (USA) 2003.

“The Spanish Water War” Thomas Newmayer, For Canal Arte in Germany 2003

“There’s a Reason” Pere Portabella. Documentary Film made by numerous directors producers and national actors. 2003 – 2004.

Segula Films is an audiovisual production company that uses the strength of the men pulling the tow-line, “the llaüters of the Ebre River”, to move forward engaging projects, whether our own or commissioned productions, in the range from television documentary, audiovisual muselizations or promotional audiovisual of your entrepreneurial, associative or institutional activities, coming from a cinematographic point of view in order to make your products, concepts and ideas come to life. Our main goal is to carry the precious audiovisual load to the end of its traject, tightening the tow-line, sègula, firmly, up stream.

In the early twentieth century, excellent captains commanded river boats which in the memory of old people are beginning to sound like tales like “the llaüt”.

The “llaüt” was for centuries a kind of a fluvial train going upstream and downstream, carrying people and goods. Going downstream was easy the power of the current made them slide; although often llauters used paddles. Going up stream against the current, the boat could deploy two sails “the gabia and the trau” as long as the wind blew aft. Moreover, the “llaüt” was towed thanks to the effort of a group of horses or thanks to the effort of the “llauters”, who working, pulled the thick rope,” la sègula” tied to the tip of the mast of the “llaüt”,. Who has not seen it, can hardly believe it. It was necessary to advance, with the strength of your chest – rather than of your arms – trough a narrow path along the river, “lo camí de sirga”, sometimes, next to a dangerous cliff. There was no way back for the “llauters” even if that meant to die trying. Take a step back meant to lose the “llaüt” and its load, which was unthinkable … (…) …

The captain, with the rudder of the helm between the legs, occasionally shouted: “Hold, sègula!!”…

Arthur Bladé Desumvila Visio de l’Ebre Catalan. 1973.

Since a decade ago, at Sègula films, with a permanent observatory in the Terres de L’Ebre and a delegation in Barcelona, we make audiovisual productions in all its aspects and needs, from the process of literary screenplay to its realization, planning and implementation of shooting, the postproduction. At “lo llaüt” of Sègula films we are decisive people with ideas and willingness to undertake new challenges.

We also provide your productions with high definition images with an big film portfolio specialized in the Ebre River, its tributaries and its land, from the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean. At the same time, we are specialists in the search for images amongst the murky currents in film libraries and public or private files.

We prioritize the demands of both script and customers, setting the course of our projects with precision, feeling the creative current of the river through the rudder, “l’Arjau”.

Mario Pons Mùria, is the team leader of Sègula Films, screenwriter, director and audiovisual producer, is a graduate of Film and Broadcasting from Escola Superior De Cinema I Audiovisuals De Catalunya (University of Barcelona. 2000).

Director and screenwriter of the documentary “Water, Source of Life” (2002), award winner of One Only Earth in the Ecologic Film Festival of Catalonia (2003), and in 2004, coinciding with the elimination of the river Ebre´s water transfer law, is emitted on Catalonia Television.

In 2006, Mario writes and directs “Cross Current” and is awarded the Special Mention Jury in the XIII International Film Festival of Catalonia Environment, the ex aequo prize for Best Documentary Film Festival in Girona and the price Strength of the River in the Festival of the River in Tortosa.

As a producer, Mario signs the script and directs “Battling with the Pass” (2009). Documentary production with Catalonia Television; he is awarded the “Audience Award” at the IV International Film Festival Memorimage from the city of Reus. The film also won the “Annual Award” of the Catalan Government, an award given to the film that best addresses the subject of the recovery of historical memory of the struggle for democracy against Franco and the skill of the film to reflect not only the facts relating to the Battle of the Ebro (1938), but also reflecting the effect the Spanish Civil War has had the on the emotions of people to this day. The universal approach to the matter of the Film “Battling with the Pass” made it possible to be distributed in over 20 countries.

Currently, Mario Pons, along with their collaborators Sègula Films and Television of Catalonia is working the foundations for the future of the Lands of the Ebro in a new documentary production. He also counts on the collaboration of the University Rovira i Virgili, the Institute of Development of de Ebro Lands, the Chamber of Commerce and Navigation of Tortosa among other organizations, companies, workers and unemployed people of all productive sectors.

Sègula Films’ boat, llaüt, has professional teams to handle your production needs from creative and technical to the arrangement of allocations and permits, transportation, postproduction, lodging or translations and interprets, amongst other aspects in the art to lift up audiovisual projects.

Our global point of view is based on our knowledge of the terrain to obtain the best human resources and the most appropriate locations that best fit the aesthetic and physical needs of each production. We tailor our team to your project through our personal and individual attention.

  • Direction
  • Production
  • Screenplay
  • Production Support
  • Locations
  • Realization
  • Photography
  • Soundtrack
  • Art Direction
  • Research Services of film and photograph files
  • Off Voice Recordings
  • Subtitles
  • Translations
  • Distribution

“Tow-Line”

Towing a boat was one of the hardest jobs tied to the fluvial navigation on the river Ebre. A century after his disappearance, it has become a symbol of the identity, for the effort it represents and also for its cultural bonding with the river.

The lack of favorable wind, the poor productive econoy, the strong flood about the financial and moral crisis that takes away the prosperity and health of many families, leaves us with the question, “Above all our differences, can a minority directly influence their future?”

Unemployed, students, self-employed, businesess, asociations, institutions, universities, union… get together to find a path away from their own lack of self-steem, the abandonement and the punishment from central powers.

Documentaries

Water Source of live

Whenever humans intervene in water ecosystems, something changes. When we build a dam, something changes. It is not only the villages and natural areas which are flooded, but also the fauna and flora of the river, both upstream and downstream. River deltas and beaches are affected when the river no longer carries the sediments which they need for their stability and survival.

When we transfer water from one river basin to another we create false expectations of easy riches to be gained from this new resource, encouraging a cycle of unsustainability. Even worse, along the valley of the river losing its water we cause a social, economic, and environmental catastrophe. We destroy entire regions, condemning their people to abandon their way of life, their homes, history, culture – their Identity.

Without forgetting the situation of the Large Dams in the Pyrenees or the ecological disaster which the “Tajo-Segura transference” has caused in Murcia, this documentary aims to focus on the human side of all this. What are our origins, and where are we heading for? We want to follow a generational journey which will also take us from the people of the heart of the Ebro Delta to scientific reasoning. “Water – The Source of Life” also proposes to analyse the workings of the river Ebro and its Delta. We will look at its past and present problems, and the dark future which awaits it with the Spanish government’s “National Hydrological Plan”. This Plan intends to transfer water from the Ebro to other areas hundreds of kilometres away, as well as the building of over one hundred new reservoirs. This documentary will take us towards a new way of understanding the world. It will take us from lies to the truth, from a hydrological unsustainability to a “New Water Culture”.

Crosscurrent

What do a fisherman from the Ebro Delta, a villager fromMurcia, a journalist from Madrid, the Spanish Environment Minister, a farmer from La Mancha, a young prisoner in Iruña jail, the head of the legal services of Iberdrola, and an old woman from the Pyrenees have in common? Against the current describes the dark backstage of the water war in the Spain, a struggle that for decades has created a conflict between the north and south of the peninsula, creating political corruption and forcing thousands of people to leave their homes. Will water be the cause of war in the 21st century?

Battiling with de past

A film looks at the impact of the Spanish Civil War in the Ebro region and the horrors it spawned.
In a festive wine-pressing setting, the grapes of wrath from a half-forgotten war leave a bitter taste in the region. The protagonists weave their stories with partisan views of local disputes – unresolved conflicts that are passed on to each succeeding generation. This film aims to visualize the limits of human suffering and the unforseeable consequence of grief. The message is that 70 years alter the end of the Civil War, Spaniards still need to learn how to look each other in the eye without mistrust if they are to come to terms with their past.

The Ebre advances

2007. Audiovisual commissioned by the Institut per al Desenvolupament de les Comarques de l’Ebre.

Colours, textures, contrasts, reflections promote the navigation on the river Ebre. The travelling waters blend with the music of the movement symphonic poem “Ma Vlast” of master Txec Bedrich Smetana.

When the tower of “Pretori” was “Pilates prison”

2009. Audiovisual commissioned by the Heritage Councillor of the City of Tarragona. The Tower of the Pretori was part of the provincial Roman Forum built in I B.C. during the time of Emperor Vespasia.

On January 15th, 1939, the entry of Franco troops in Tarragona marks the end of the war and the beginning of a new repressive, ferocious and systematic wave. From 1939 to 1945, over 650 sentenced to death come out of Pilats prison to be shot on the hill Oliva.

Pilats, the gaze of three sentenced to death by Franco

Tarragona under the bombs

2009. Audiovisual commissioned by the Heritage Councillor of the City of Tarragona. During the Civil War, Franco uses aircraft to systematically bombing civilians, his target, to spread terror to paralyze the Republican rear-line soldiers and that way demoralize the front-line. On July 19th, the first anniversary of the military uprising and of the military crushing of the rebels in Barcelona, the Italian aviation legions let out their deadly cargo on the city. It was a quarter past nine in the evening and people from Tarragona had come out their homes to get some fresh air. The tragic balance caused by the explosion of 34 bombs was of 51 dead and 104 wounded. The objectives of the cameras of the international news focus in the devastating effects caused by the bombing of Tarragona. 70 years later, one of its victims remembers the day he lost his father. After that horrific night, the popular feelings of anger and hostility arising after the first bombing become powerlessness, helplessness, and panic.

Franco’s army occupying Tarragona

2009. City Council of Tarragona

After the fall of the Front de l’Ebre, on the 13th of January of 1939, Franco’s military forces occupied Tortosa. The fascism attack on Tarragona is unstoppable.

Theater Metropol 100 years

2010. Audiovisual commissioned by the Heritage Councillor of the City of Tarragona. In 1910, the theater Metropol was finished in Tarragona. The construction was under the direction of the architect Josep Maria Jujol, the top in Tarragona’s modernism. In its century anniversary, John Malkovich, big admirer of Josep Maria Jujol’s work, comes to Tarragona to premier his last play, The Infernal Comedy.

1811 The Siege in Tarragona

2011. Audiovisual commissioned by the the Heritage Councillor of the City of Tarragona.In 1808, Spain is involved in Napolion’s strategy which requires the control of the Iberian Peninsula in order to fight against the English maritime forces. After Lleida falls in 1810, Tarragona becomes the capital of Catalonia. By orders of Napoleon, General Suchet, reorganizes the French troops and prepares the impending siege of Tarragona. The conflict leaves the city in a terrible estate of destruction and terrible aftermath of death and misery. It will take over 30 years for Tarragona to have once again the number of residents that had in 1808 and the economic recovery will be prolonged until the end of the XIX century.