The distributor is an experiment of the collective: a small independent team which works through assembly with a certain level of autonomy and which we have built up step by step.
A space of self-training and self-management which seeks to become not just a place of work, but an economical and organisational proposal in which our lives, work and politics are fused and sometimes confused. At a moment in which the importance of politics and our lives are an everyday conquest. A project which is set up and dismantled with each step we take and each question asked.
How we do it
The neutrality of information doesn't exist, neither does the objective view of any given reality. The media as a whole, be it radio, television, newspapers, or digital platforms have a red line which limit their approach to communication. We also apply conditions to the material which we distribute; although we always try to be flexible. We do not discard something purely because it doesn't fit in to the way we think. We prefer to value a piece of work in its entirety and give priority to the stories in whose concept and development are stored the willingness and determination to reach new heights.
Because we aren't your normal everyday distributor, our criteria aren't those of the industry. For that very reason we value different aspects of production in function of its political parameters; We hold in value the invisible parts of any audiovisual work. We believe that the more radical the format, the more radical its content... as a means to an end.
The wish to bring to light the information which speaks of the production processes behind each documentary from a political point of view is the reason why beside each one of them one will find a small index with different categories which refer to what we feel are certain key questions
Authorship: In a wider sense of the word and faced by the often individualistic vision of it, the emphasis is that all audiovisual works are collective. There is no idea that hasn't first been thought by others, neither is a creation by one individual possible. That's why those projects announced as being collective are especially interesting: thus dismantling the individual figure of the author. A token resistance against the administrative entities and Sinde style laws.
Initiative: The idea for a project and its materialisation which has come from groups of people, political collectives and social initiatives, not from businesses and enterprises. There is a place for the documentaries made by producers when the meaning of their stories deserves to be told.
Autonomy: Economic independence is the key to an autonomous distribution of documentaries and their subsequent diffusion, especially when faced with the loss of rights resulting from the signing of certain contracts with production companies or the vulnerability of depending on subsidies.
Edition: In keeping with our pledge for liberty, we also opt for the freedom of technology and the net, we would like to insist on an audiovisual production carried out using free software. As much as in film editing (Cinelerra, Avidemux, Kdenlive, Kino, VirtualDub, OpenShot...) as in audio (Ardour, Audacity, Ecasound, Jokosher, MusE, Rosegarden, Sweep...)
Licensing: Audiovisual creation, the same as for any artistic creation, is defended by guaranteeing its access. We opt for documentaries with licenses that permit their free diffusion and distribution. We are committed to Creative Commons, and support all other licenses which harbour the same intentions.
Income: If we can achieve that the financial comeback from these documentaries returns to the places portrayed or to the people participating in them or in supporting the struggles narrated by them, then this completes the full circle of the documentary being used as a political tool. This is one of our principle propositions.
Affordable prices: Although the documentaries are available online, we feel it is also important that the sale prices of the DVD's are just, even though at times they can seem expensive. We are searching for a balance between evaluating the production processes behind each edition, and in applying retail prices which are accessible and can be adapted to different situations.
Distribution: The screening in public and social places or online doesn't have to mean the renouncing of the rhythm of the commercial exploitation by the industry (festivals, cinemas, television, DVD or internet) but it is fundamental in defending distribution networks which are fairer than those offered by the industry.
Screening events: That the stories told by these films should be a central element of organised political events in different places (in social centres, cultural centres and associations, film libraries etc.) be it an isolated event or within the framework of larger widespread activities (film seasons, workshops, conferences) this being another of our principle propositions. That documentaries be a tool for the accompanying, thinking about and debating of issues and conflicts.
Languages: The access to different languages is essential for the diffusion of documentaries and the stories they have to tell. We give priority to those which have been translated beyond the original version, as much into global languages (English, French, German...) as into minority languages (Basque, Galician, Catalan...)