Keep on Rolling: The Dream of the Automobile
Original Title: Sobre Ruedas: El Sueño del Automóvil
Country of Origin: Spain
Year of completion: 2011
Duration: 56 min.
Director/Writer: Óscar Clemente
Producer: Julio Vergne
Cinematography: Iván Caso, Eduardo Montero, Manutrillo, Nocem Collado, Alfonso Sanz and Julio Vergne
Editor: Óscar Clemente
In just over a century, cars have completely transformed our way of life. The automobile drove us towards the dream of the consumer society. Nearly a hundred years later, this documentary reflects on the social and environmental consequences of the realization of this promise: A car for each individual and each pocketbook.
In many areas, cars take priority over people. We allocate 62% of our urban space to roads or parking lots; individual home garages are often larger than children’s bedrooms. Devoting so much public space to the least efficient form of transportation has also changed the way we interact with our environment. Children go out much less and watch much more TV. Cities are more dangerous because of the busy roads. People lead more isolated lives, etc. This film examines these and many other implications of our love affair with the car.
The documentary is based on a selection of interviews with several experts in different areas such as town planning, philosophy and engineering, which lead to a reflection on our daily lives and environment as a result of the car phenomenon.
The story is told through animated cartoons and presents contemporary images as well as archival material from the 1950s.
September 8th, 2013
San Francisco de Macorís
Universidad Catolica Nordestana (UCNE)
Biography of Director Óscar Clemente:
Oscar Clemente, who holds a degree in Audiovisual Communication, has been writing and directing documentaries about social issues since 1995. His 12 projects to date have been broadcast on different European television outlets such as Canal Sur, Portuguese Radio and Television, Spanish International TV, BTV and Dutch VPRO Television. He has participated in more than 50 international film festivals and has won such awards as: Gold Panda at the Sichuan Film Festival (China); People’s Award at Documentamadrid 2007; Best Documentary at the Film Festival and Envirofilm Festival of Slovakia, among others.
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- Keep on Rolling: The Dream of the Automobile
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- Uranium Drive In
- Voices of Transition
- A Sea Turtle Story
- Hanging Around
- The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
- The Windmill Farmer
- What Would Darwin Think?
Man vs. Nature in the Galapagos
This year’s 5 themes - oceans, biodiversity, green economy, sustainable agriculture and climate change,
will be covered in a selection of 30 films: