A book and a short film save the history of Alicante’s cigar makers

Las Cigarreras welcomes This Saturday a new presentation Project exploring the history of the Tobacco Factory Where is this cultural center? and the women who work there almost two centuries. Cigar companies of Alicante It is a rotating work. around the image -photographic and audiovisual- has Involvement of residents of the San Antón area and Contribution of more than twenty former cigarette workers. Conclusion, A book and short film that makes this chapter of Alicante history visible and reconstructs the story of the female workerpresented at a free admission event at the Casa de la Música this Saturday at 12 noon.

Lucia MorateThe photographer and coordinator of the project draws attention to the fact that the origin of this work stems from a project realized in 2019. Sustainable Urban Development Strategy Edusi Alicante–Las Cigarreras District co-financed with Feder funds.

“It was seen how important the Tobacco Factory was there. Coming into operation in 1801- all neighborhoods built around it. Many people do not know the history of the factory, employing 6,000 womenand some are still alive so we found it necessary collect their stories and shape that female worker story”Morate, who developed the workshop through audiovisual language, explains Cigarette companies of Alicante. A history that lives up to nowwith a working group of nine neighbors -Andrea Restrepo Hernández, Ángeles Gallego Medina, Encarni Mora Soriano, Ester Andrés Pastor, Javier González Rey, Quino Andréu Gómez, Dolores Miralles-Alberola, Maike Sommer and Orquidia Azorín Vaquero- He said they were investigating factory and cigarette cases between April and December 2021.

Projection inside the Lucia Morate factory LUCIA MORAT


“They recovered Photo material from the Municipal Archivecultural center and personal files of former employees. made interviews and portraits cigarette smokers walked the paths these women took from other neighboring towns to the factory, confirming the value they place on the altars each May 20,” notes the coordinator. The fire in the factory on May 20, 1844 that only two people died and they attribute it to the protection of the Holy Face.

the neighbors spoke 24 former workers are still alive and the families of eight others he was already dead to build his portraits in his photo book. other images recreating the roads made by workers the fact that he comes to the factory from different places every day, and that reminds us of another series of photographs taken by Morate, with projections of images in ancient spaceHow was this place?

In turn, the material has also been translated into a language. short filmcarried out in collaboration with Rafa G. Sanchez and producer Runtun Movieshalfway between documentary and fiction, with the contribution of workers who passionately share their experiences. Working history of women, solidarity organizations and emancipation of labor. “They were women of very different profiles, from hardworking, humble families, most of whom had daughters, who then took their batons and stayed there from generation to generation, but at the same time organized themselves as a very socially conscious group. they fought for their rights To take Saturdays off, to have a nursery or a house, which they all bought off Calle Sevilla,” explains Morate, although a large part of the story is women, towards the end men join in as the machines are installed in the factory.

The book has a folding poster, two postcards and a flyer. done 300 prints The short film to be distributed to the participants and in the municipal libraries –which contains a piece of music Composed by Laura María Lang and Sofía Canoura Franco and sung by Marina Rómán Munuera – will be uploaded to the City Council website on Saturday following a presentation by former cigar makers and Cultural Council Member Antonio Manresa.

The coordinator believes that the project will not end here and Show this part of Alicante history in education centers “and bring it closer to the younger generation who are less aware of this.” There is also contact with projects carried out at other former tobacco factories, such as in Madrid, to examine a future pooling.

Source: Informacion

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