SPANISH EMBASSY IN ABUJA HOST FILMMAKER ITXASO DÍAZ
Spain is a respectable nation with fascinating environments; it is a touristic hub with inspiring developments; and its citizenry are practitioners of progress and of a better world. Spain is also a country that loves and promotes arts and culture and continually strives to make them an integral part of national growth.
Towards its global diplomatic and development promotions, its foreign missions across the world ensure that the various host nations they are resident in constantly benefit from the homeland (Spain) growth efforts. Nigeria and Spain enjoy a historic and deepened multilateral relations including a robust arts and cultural diplomacy; and its mission in Nigeria continues to foster series of nation building platforms, opportunities and events that help to develop the local economy and people.
Towards this, the Embassy of Spain in partnership with Girls Voices Initiative (GVI) hosted at the residence of the Ambassador of Spain in Abuja, a press conference and film screening of the award winning Spanish filmmaker Itxaso Díaz during her visitation and award presentation in Abuja. Among other awards, Itxaso Díaz received the best short documentary award for “The Story of All of Us Women” at the WIFFEN 2022, the first Women’s International Film Festival in Nigeria.
The award film show at the Embassy told a unique and touching story which afforded guests including the members of press present an insight to the myriads of challenges comprising isolation, physical, financial, emotional/mental stress among others caregivers (males and females) are faced with while taking care of the elderly, disable, children, sickly, vulnerable and other members of the family. The gathering also provided an opportunity of interaction, interview and photo sessions with the iconic and affable filmmaker, as attendees further learnt from her great works, sacrifices made and success stories and ongoing strives.
During her remarks at the occasion, Mrs. Diaz, a women development advocate and promoter, used the opportunity to call for a broader action and attention on caregivers who are oftentimes isolated, neglected, and depressed as they give most of their time attending to the needs and betterment of their dependants and others at the detriment of their own care and comfort.
Also speaking at the event, the Spanish Embassy Cultural Adviser and event’s facilitator, Mrs. Eva Barta Martin, urged women to take proper care of themselves even as they play the important and selfless roles of caregivers. For her attending and catering for the well-being of caregivers either they are paid for it or not should be a concern and responsibility for everyone.
WIFFEN the awards organizer encourages women filmmakers to think, imagine, create and share their stories with the world. Its Festival Director, Carolyn Seaman, a supporter of global women improvement creativity and overall progress, stated that the film festival’s goal is to celebrate and encourage female filmmakers across the country. She said that in this year entries there are over 3,000 film submissions from over 130 countries worldwide before this was narrowed to 200 and the emergence of the eventual winners of the categories. She hoped to further continue networking to improve the Festival’s quality of production and finding network to source funding for projects,
The event at the Head of Mission’s residence also provided a time for learning, inspiration, contacts and promotions.
Kudos to Spanish Embassy for this wonderful platform…Kudos to Itxaso Díaz for her ingenuity and promotions.