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Estrecho Adventure

Valeriano López


Valeriano López’s work mixes preceding formats from a range of different fields that make up discourses which question and often satirise aspects of our immediate reality.

In Estrecho Adventure (estrecho refers to the Gibraltar strait), López analyses immigration coming from northern Africa’s coasts, and the visual format he adopts to do so is that of videogames. During the first part of the video, the main protagonism goes to Abdul, who is the videogame’s main character, and who must overcome a series of obstacles in order to cross the border -the Strait of Gibraltar-, in order to enter the Europe of his dreams. In the second phase of the game, after managing to enter Spain, he collects vegetables in southern Spain’s greenhouses in order to obtain the prize: his residence permit.

The second part of the video is much shorter than the first, and shows the streets of a Moroccan city where children play a videogame in a bar.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Estrecho Adventure
  • Direction: Valeriano López
  • Production: Descates Films. 1996.
  • Team:

    Animation and graphics: Manuel Sicilia y José Rozúa
    Music: Pepe Mármol, Mar Pareja, Jesús Medina
    Director of photography: David Azcano
    Editor: Rafael Goiciechea

  • Duration: 00:06:25
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Original format: 35 mm
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: PAL
  • License: Copyright