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Raquel Barrera Sutorra

Freelance filmmaker

She studied Audiovisual Communication at the UAB and, thanks to family loans, was able to study Film Direction at the CECC (Centre d'Estudis Cinematogràfics de Catalunya). 

As she had no friends, she decided to complete her training with a postgraduate degree in Acting Direction at the URL and "trained professionally" via different courses she's already forgotten but that cleaned out her bank account. 

After forming part of a large number of shoots in which she happily delivered coffees and found out what it was like to be an intern, working for large companies and TV stations, Raquel could finally claim to be a director when she saw her first feature film, Camino a Bollywood, premiered at the Sitges Film Festival in 2006. 

She then directed the series Antropologia, filmed in Super 8,  which formed part of the DO, Denomination of Origin Project for the 2009-2010 season. 

That season was also very fertile in terms of her literary production: she received a grant from the Ministry of Culture to co-write, with Xavier González Casas, the screenplay for the feature film Lo mejor que puedo (The best I can). Both did what they could. 

El Nil i els Camells was the next short documentary she directed and, as she likes a challenge, she also made iñetas Palestinas, a short documentary about Palestine for the NGO Acción Contra el Hambre. It turned out OK and she worked again with the NGO, shooting two small projects on food in Kenya and Senegal. 

The short film La segunda primera cita travelled to film festivals around the world and won the Audience Award at the Queer Bites Festival in Chicago, USA. 

La niña del Gancho, which can be found on Filmin, is her latest documentary. And, after a long time in labour, it has made her very happy. 

At the same time, she's also worked as a freelance filmmaker for several production companies and agencies, making advertising films, documentaries, video clips, video books and all the different kinds of products whose name contains the word 'video' or 'film’. ‘Flim' according to her granddad, Josep. 

In 2020 she was selected to form part of Acció Viver with her documentary project L'home més pacífic del món, which is currently under development.

She writes and directs Pineda 92, selected for the City Symphonies project and produced by the CCCB in collaboration with Dones Visuals, which premieres at D’A Film Festival 2022. 

Ah! By the way, Raquel has managed to pay back all the money she borrowed from her parents.

Update: 21 April 2022


Has participated in

Summer screenings

City Symphonies

Seven cinematic views of Barcelona

Presentation of "City Symphonies" at the Biennal de Pensament

Premiere of "City Symphonies" 2022

At D'A - Barcelona Film Festival