Journal of Romance Studies

Strength in numbers?

Themes of home, community, and resilience in contemporary Spanish short films1

Journal of Romance Studies (2019), 19, (1), 23–41.


This article analyses three short films screened at film festivals in Spain in 2016. All three films depict the home as threatened in the wake of the economic crisis in Spain. Referring to theorizations of public and private spaces and the relationship of the home to the individual, the article argues that the role of the home in these films is central to an understanding of the resistance of Spanish communities to the precarity brought about by recent government policies. Broadly speaking, these films shed light on how the concepts of home and community are being reinscribed in light of financial instability in Spain.

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Tomlinson, Nicola