In some countries we have already been quarantined for more than a week, an exceptional measure that is intended to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Many creators and platforms are showing solidarity, offering their services for free to make the situation a little more bearable.
A few years ago, ‘Helvetica’ was released, a documentary that tells the story of how a typeface was able to change the world. Its creator, Gary Hustwit, has decided to release it for free, so that anyone can enjoy it.
Hustwit has announced that each week he will release each of his documentaries on his website. In the case of ‘Helvetica’ it is possible to activate the subtitles in Spanish, and today is the last day to be able to see it (which means that tomorrow we will have a new documentary on the same site).
This page will have to be bookmarked, at least during the quarantine, since Hustwit has made very interesting documentaries. Helvetica is part of what they call the “design trilogy”, which is completed by ‘Objectified’ (on the design of objects) and ‘Urbanized’ (on the design of a city).
Personally, the one I want to see the most is ‘Rams’, a documentary released in 2018 that analyzes all the work of Dieter Rams, one of the most influential designers of our era (something that can be clearly seen in Apple products).
Other free documentaries to make quarantine more bearable
The Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA) is the largest documentary film festival in the world, and has been held annually since 1988 in the capital of the Netherlands.
On their website we can find dozens of films and documentariess that we can enjoy for free, and it is possible to show them according to their duration, country of production or theme.
Retina Latina is a platform where we can access a large catalog of Latin American cinema, of a public nature and free access for citizens of Latin America and the Caribbean. Even if you don’t live in Latin America, almost 10% of its catalog can be accessed from anywhere in the world.
They have a section dedicated exclusively to documentaries, and on the left side we can select the country in which they were produced. In addition, in the miniature with the poster they already indicate the duration of each one.
We are still in Latin America. In 2013 it was released ‘The death of Jaime Roldós’, a documentary directed by Lisandra Rivera and Manolo Sarmiento in which they analyze the suspicious death of Ecuadorian President Jaime Roldós. Its creators have decided to put it free on Vimeo:
‘Next Round’ is a documentary produced in Ecuador in 2018. They invite us to enter one of the most troubled neighborhoods in the country, a place where two teenagers struggle to get ahead under the guidance of their mentor (a former boxer with a dark past). We can see it for free on Vimeo:
In Spain, more specifically in Galicia, the page of Novo Cinema Galego has created a compilation with dozens of documentaries and films. Here we can find works by well-known names such as Oliver Laxe, one of the key figures in current European cinema.
Although everything indicates that there are quite a few days left for us to recover “normality”, thanks to initiatives and platforms such as those described in this article can help to make that wait a little shorter.
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