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This month, Jordi Oliver



Throughout the month of June, Jordi Oliver, photographer and filmmaker, presents his latest documentary, “African Request”, which combines the two languages in a film shot in Kibera (Kenya), Africa’s second largest suburb.


Screen at the CCCB presents Jordi Oliver, a documentary photographer who was born in 1966 in Barcelona. In the 1990s, he portrayed the city's Barri Xino quarter about which he published his first book, 08001 (1999), with texts by César Muñoz and Manuel Vázquez Montalbán. A FotoPres grant awarded by Fundació la Caixa took him to study at the International Center of Photography in New York, and he has contributed to the magazine supplement of La Vanguardia, among others, and published numerous reportages such as Bajo el puente (Under the bridge, 1995), 55 días en Belgrado (55 days in Belgrade, 1998) and Cirque du Soleil (1999).

After gaining an MA in creative documentary making from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, he met Joaquim Jordà, who offered him the chance to work as a cameraman on his documentary De nens. The following year he made his first documentary in Cuba, Se trancó el dominó (2003).

His work
African Request (2007), 55', is a documentary about the seventh World Social Forum that took place last January in Nairobi (Kenya), the filming of which combines static and moving images.

Melodia del Raval (1990-2000), 10'
Audiovisual with poem by César Muñoz, Perder el Tiempo (Wasting time)
"In the 1990s I explored the Raval district with the aim of walking, seeing, hearing and photographing the life of a neighbourhood that, as Manuel Vázquez Montalbán said, was superfluous to us."

El Viaje de Felicia (2006), 7'
An audiovisual about Felicia, a 32-year-old Romanian woman who lives in Madrid and who returned to her village to see her family. We accompany Felicia on the 58-hour bus journey that brought her back to Spain. This is a story of reunions and fears; her father died five months after she emigrated to Spain.

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