In the Plaza de las Cortes, in the open air and in front of the Congress of Deputies, Global Spain yesterday presented its new campaign to try to offer an authentic image of our country abroad. The protagonists of the event were the former mayor of Madrid Manuela Carmena and the film director Juan Antonio Bayona, who, in a conversation sitting on a bench glossed the slogan of the campaign: “Democracy is touched.
It is a series of videos that will be made available to the Spanish Embassies and in which, through conversations between very diverse people, we try to reflect the democratic, modern and diverse character of Spain, also surpassing cartoon images. Or said with words that pronounced in the act, the Secretary of State of Global Spain, Irene Lozano: “Hemingway’s Spain no longer exists”.
Before giving way to the conversation between Carmena and Bayona, Lozano affirmed that “it is everyone’s task to defend the democratic character of Spain in the face of disinformation campaigns abroad and the discredit of those who rely on populism”.
Carmena, for his part, encouraged everyone to take care of democracy and to detect its poisons, among which he cited corruption, although, at the same time, he assured that Spain has been able to face this problem.
Both Carmena and Bayona urged to go to vote, remembering that for many years could not be done in Spain. The film director also advised listening to others, even if they have different opinions from each other.
The videos have as a common element that their protagonists talk sitting on street benches and do so to talk about issues such as equality, feminism, freedom of expression, science, innovation or the situation in inland Spain.
During yesterday’s event, the first of these videos was shown, in which the journalist Lucia Méndez and the writer Gabriela Ybarra, whose grandfather, Javier de Ybarra, was kidnapped and murdered by ETA in 1977, hold a talk in a bench in the Malasaña neighbourhood. His conversation focused on the mourning of the victims and society and on the freedom of expression and guarantees offered by Spanish democracy.
Other videos include: Sitges (Barcelona), where a lesbian couple and a retired woman chat; the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas (CNIO), which hosts the conversation between an American researcher based in Spain and a Spanish scientist; and Oliete (Teruel), where opinions are exchanged between a Barcelonan who has begun a new life in that town and an elderly woman from the municipality.
Presentamos #LaDemocraciaSeToca, una campaña en la que España🇪🇸 se cuenta a sí misma, a través de sus propios ciudadanos, la realidad democrática, moderna y diversa de nuestro país.La periodista Lucía Méndez y la escritora Gabriela Ybarra protagonizan el primer vídeo: 'España opina'.http://lademocraciasetoca.es
Publicada por España Global en Jueves, 12 de septiembre de 2019