“La Huerta” is the name for the fertile plain around Valencia that lies at the heart of Mediterranean agriculture. After surviving for centuries, it has started to fall into a spiral of decline and seen vast swathes of irrigated land disappear over recent decades. “La Huerta is dying,” complain farmers like Antonio Ramón, who is determined to pass on his knowledge of the land to his daughter, Inma, and teach her the secrets to growing tiger nuts. As the earth turns on its axis, Camagroga follows Antonio and Inma through a year in their life. An elegy to the land, hard work, passing on wisdom and standing firm.
Alfonso Amador (Madrid) is a director, screenwriter and playwright. His short 9,8 m/s² (1998) was nominated for Best Short Film at Cannes. His other work includes El present (1995), Tot el que necessites per fer una pel·lícula (2002), Enxaneta (2012) and 50 dies de maig (assaig per a una revolució) (2012).
⇨ Sergi Dies will be giving a masterclass at l'Alternativa this year on the ins and outs of the art of film editing with particular focus on his close partnership with Alfonso Amador while working on Camagroga.
⇨ Watch our interview with Alfonso Amador on YouTube.