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“Dying in Exile, Dying in Oblivion” 

October 16, 20197:00 p.m.
Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
In Spanish.

Casa Árabe and Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation, with the cooperation of the EFE News Agency, have organized the presentation of this documentary and a round table discussion immediately after.

The event will include the participation of Javier Martín, a representative of the EFE Agency in North Africa and the documentary’s director; Santiago Alba Rico, a writer and essayist; Ana Martínez, a tenured professor of Contemporary History at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and Bechir Yazidi, a researcher at the University of Manouba. Moderated by: Karim Hauser, Casa Árabe’s Coordinator of International Relations.

The event will be presented by Pedro Martínez-Avial, General Director of Casa Árabe, and Joaquín de Arístegui Laborde, the Director General of the ministerial entity “España Global.”
Messy, filled with animal waste, filth and chicken coops, the back yard of a poor home in the Tunisian city of Kasserine is home to a long-lost piece of the Spanish Civil War. Scattered amid the gravel under the shadow of a cypress tree are twenty graves all in line, six desecrated, making up the only cemetery for Spanish Republican exiles that exists in Tunisia, an abandoned place which the EFE News Agency is bringing back to our collective memory. “Dying in Exile, Dying in Oblivion” was created by Javier Martín to mark the 80th anniversary of the arrival of Spanish Republican exiles in Tunisia.

Event information sheet

Santiago Alba Rico is a writer and essayist. He studied Philosophy at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He was a screenwriter for the mythical television program “La bola de cristal” and has had over twenty books published on politics, philosophy and literature, as well as three storybooks for children and a play. Since 1988, he has been living in the Arab world. His latest books are Ser o no ser (un cuerpo) (To Be or Not to Be [A Body], 2017), and Nadie está seguro con un libro en las manos (Nobody Is Safe with a Book in Their Hands, 2018). He regularly collaborates with various media outlets (Público, Cuarto Poder and others).

Javier Martín is a representative of the Efe News Agency in Algeria, Tunisia and Libya. In his 22 years as a journalist in the Arab-Muslim world and North Africa, he has covered six wars and has been a permanent correspondent for Efe in Egypt, a special envoy to Iraq, the founder of the Efe correspondent’s office in Iran and a correspondent in Israel and Palestine. He has authored five well-known books about the region and received the Cirilo Rodríguez Award for foreign correspondents in 2019.

Ana Martínez Rus is a tenured professor of Contemporary History at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She has been a post-doctoral researcher at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. She specializes in the history of publishing and readingdin twentieth-century Spain. Some of her most notable publications include Milicianas. Mujeres republicanas combatientes (Militia Women: Republican combatant women,  2018). She has also been a researcher for the Special Chair at the Complutense University for Historical Memory of the Twentieth Century.”

Bechir Yezidi is a researcher at the University of Manouba’s Superior Institute of Contemporary History of Tunisia, in charge of the oral history research unit. He also teaches contemporary Spanish history in the Spanish Department at that University. He has been an expert at ALECSO on the training of educators in history of the Arab world and cooperation with the Council of Europe. Some of his most notable publications include The Republicans’ Exile in Tunisia (2008). He has a PhD in Contemporary History.
“Dying in Exile, Dying in Oblivion” 
Photo frame from the documentary.