Abstract of the documentary Filmando por una nueva ciudadanía. Fase 1: El caso de los jóvenes de origen marroquí (2010)
In the documentary Filmando por una nueva ciudadanía. Fase 1: El caso de los jóvenes de origen marroquí
(2010), students from the Trinity program in Barcelona investigate how Catalonia’s most important city deals with a growing immigrant population in its attempt to promote interculturalism. Focusing on the Raval neighborhood and on students of Moroccan origin, Trinity students interviewed four people who are involved in the intercultural dynamics of the city and who are working to create a new citizenry. Alba Cuebas, director of the NGO SOS Racisme, offers a general reflection on recent changes to the phenomenon of immigration in Spain and Catalonia, provides examples of institutional racism, and explains the contradictory nature of policies such as Ley de Extranjería and Ley de Acogida. She also speaks about what is needed to create a new citizenry in terms of civil rights, and provides a critical look at how different political parties treat the subject of immigration during an election year, with specific focus on the Catalan elections in November 2010. In the interview with Rosa Jorba, a social worker for Serveis Socials del Barri Gòtic del Ajuntament de Barcelona, we are given an overview of how the city council responds to local needs by working directly with people from the neighborhoods, of the steps that the immigrant population must take in order to receive public assistance, and of the problems that tend to arise when people with different cultural backgrounds interact.
Given that schools are the main transmitters of local values, Trinity students in Barcelona wanted to investigate the role that diversity might play in society and show how schools can help form a new citizenry. They interviewed a teacher and student from Milà i Fontanas High School: Mireia López Beltán and Ossama Armas, respectively. Mireia López speaks about the “ghettoization” of schools and neighborhoods and explains the primary curricular objectives of public schools as well as the basic aims of “Newcomer Programs” for recent arrivals. She comments on her school’s efforts to promote interculturalism and on the type of social dynamics that exist between students at a school whose population is 80% “immigrant” (principally from Pakistan and Morocco).
Ossama Arma’s participation in the documentary is important because he and boys like him are the real protagonists of this intercultural dialogue and of this new citizenry in Catalonia. Born in Barcelona to Moroccan parents, Ossama outlines his family’s story, reflects on the similarities and differences between Catalan and Moroccan culture. He is very clear about his own identity and offers a glimpse of how society will be in the future.