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Filming Spain’s Exile in Our Hearts: Soldiers of Salamina

November 7, 2019
From: 06:45 PM to 08:45 PM

As part of the “Filming Spain’s Exile in Our Hearts” film series, we are proud to present a screening of the film Soldiers of Salamina.

From its beginnings, Spanish cinema was related to expatriation. The adopted Parisian Surrealist Luis Buñuel had to find refuge in Hollywood, Mexico, and back in France during the Spanish Republican Exile of 1939.

This film series aims to present to U.S. viewers lesser-known transnational samples from or about those times. From rarely-seen documentaries about the harsh realities of the Spanish Republicans’ defeat in France: Jean-Paul Dreyfus’s Refuge, or Le Vernet d’Ariège: Photos from a Camp, to their blurred contributions in the liberation of occupied France (The Forgotten Men of the Ninth Company), as well as the transformation of their resistance to the Franco’s dictatorship (The War is Over).

Mexican solidarity toward a large group of refugees is remembered through Visa to Paradise, and particularly, On the Empty Balcony, the only film the Spanish exiles filmed about their own plight. The Galíndez’s Mystery brings USA Cold War and Latin American dictatorial entanglements. Finally, Beltenebros, Soldiers from Salamis and The Sea and Time will display filmic adaptation of true fictional accounts, hovering the problems of memory, return, and the uses of history. The whole series will feature discussions with filmmakers and specialists. 

Film presented at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain

Soldiers of Salamina

  • On Thursday, November 7 at 6:45 pm
  • Original Title: Soldados de Salamina
  • Presented by Prof. Juan Uriagereka and Prof. Naharro-Calderón.
  • Directed by David Trueba, Spain, 2003, 119 min, drama/mystery. In Spanish with English subtitles. Watch trailer
  • Free, RSVP required 

A successful young novelist, Lola Sánchez, who has lost inspiration, makes her living as a teacher and a journalist. She is assigned to investigate a true story that took place at the end of the Spanish Civil War involving Rafael Sánchez Mazas, writer, founder of the fascist party Spanish Falange and advisor of the leader of the party José Antonio Primo de Rivera. She finds out that he was suppossed to be shot in a mass execution, but managed to escape helped by an unknown soldier. The novelist gradually pieces together this story and finds herself as the research progresses.


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Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Doors open 20 minutes before posted showtime.

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How to get there:

The best way to arrive is by public transportation. The closest Metro station is Columbia Heights (Green and Yellow line). Limited metered and two-hour zoned parking is available in the surrounding neighborhoods. Public parking garage is available at DC USA Shopping Mall (Columbia Heights Metro Station).

Event Location

2801 16th St. NW,
Washington, DC 20009
Columbia Heights

Admission: Free, RSVP Required (


Posted by: Spain-USA Foundation