Spain: Why Flamenco and family go together | VPRO Documentary

Two important values in Andalusia are ‘flamenco’ and ‘family.’ They are connected. Our presentator Stef Biemans visits the grand flamenco festival and at the same time he is preparing himself for the arrival of his in-laws. He investigates the meaning of flamenco, which is strongly related to the gypsy culture. And what do the Andalusians think about living together with your in-laws?

A year ago, Stef and his family still lived in Nicaragua, in a quiet area of the pleasant village of Masaya. But his street turned into a war zone when the country went into a deep crisis and President Daniel Ortega cracked down the protests. Stef searched for a place to stay and ended up with his wife and children in Andalusia. To find his way and get to know this part of Spain better, in this six-part series he writes letters to the inhabitants. Stef discovers Andalusia on the basis of those letters, but parallel to this story you follow his personal situation, which of course is strongly influenced by the crisis in Nicaragua.

Your family will never let you down, that’s what Andalusians and Nicaraguans think. That’s why it is totally normal to live together with in-laws in one house. Stef’s in-laws come to Spain because of the unrest in Nicaragua.

Original title: Familia – Brieven aan Andalusië (2/6)
September 2019

Director & Presentation: Stef Biemans
Research & Production: Barbara Smit
Edit: Pelle Asselbergs & Stef Biemans
Camera: Niels van Koevorden, Joost van Herwijnen
Sound: Tim van Peppen, Simone Galavazi, Jillis
Commissioning Editors: Joyce Daamen
Production: vpro Nicole Frints
Audio post-processing: Tim van Peppen
Production: vpro Nicole Frints
Color correction: Gerhard van der Beek
Production: vpro Nicole Frints
Subtitling: Daniel Naamani
Communication vpro: Bert Bentsink
Online Editors: Elmar Veerman &
Thanks to: Roel van Broekhoven

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3 comments

  1. Flamenco is “played” only in Andalucía. If u come to Spain following the ideas of this kind of illiterate pseudo periodists and try to find Flamenco outside Andalucia… u will be very upset because is really hard to find it. There can be some specific place for tourists in big cities like Barcelona or Madrid but in the rest of the cities… nothing

  2. spain not are only flamenco, this is in the south, the north are very different and whe not have flamenco, thats is more in Andalucia region. I hate the people that sell or thinks that spain is only flamenco and sevillanas. This not represent me

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