Nicotine, mercury and matters of the heartThe Frontline Club and the Scottish Documentary Institute are teaming up to present New Scottish Documentary, a series showcasing some of the the boldest and most innovative new works produced in Scotland. Featuring one screening per week, they’ll be celebrating the richness of Scottish nonfiction filmmaking, including discussions with veteran documentary-makers and up-and-coming directors to watch.
Pablo needs to stop smoking. Why? Because his wife, family and doctor say he should. But Pablo is a stubborn man. He’s worked in the mercury mines of Almadén, Spain, risking his life daily; he’s had five severe heart attacks and smoked 20 Winstons a day since he was 12. Now in his seventies, Pablo spends most of his day in front of the TV, surrounded by a cloud of smoke, with his back turned firmly towards a village that has lived through better times.
Pablo represents the last generation of Almadén mercury miners, an age old profession with over 2000 years of history. Through a visually stunning, black and white depiction of life’s everyday moments, Pablo’s Winter explores the decay of the local mining culture, but above all, pays homage to its real protagonists: the miners and their families who are rarely represented.
Pablo’s Winter was directed by Chico Pereira as part of Edinburgh Napier University’s MFA Advanced Film Practice, and produced in association with Screen Academy Scotland. This screening will be followed by a Q&A Chico Pereira via Skype.
Please arrive on time as latecomers may not be admitted.