THE WRITER FROM A COUNTRY WITHOUT BOOKSTORES
Screening of the movie | Q&A with the authors
By Marc Serena | Spain, 1h 22’
Original language with English subtitles
Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel is the most translated writer from Equatorial Guinea but he had to flee the country in 2011, after going on a hunger strike against Teodoro Obiang’s dictatorship, the longest lasting in the world.
Since then, he lives as a refugee in Spain, the former colonial power, where his work is largely ignored. He feels he has to travel back to his country despite the risks, as he is one of the most prominent intellectuals against the regime.
With him and his books we embark on a journey to one of the most unequal, isolated and repressive countries in Africa. When he feels he has to come back to Guinea, to meet fellow opponents, from rappers to people that have been in prison, we follow him on this trip despite the risks.