‘Our democracy in motion’ is an audiovisual project with which the Secretariat of State of Global Spain hopes, that for the first time, Spain will tell its own story, through its citizens and fragments of everyday life that show the democratic, modern and diverse reality of our country.
The campaign is based on a series of videos of people from various walks of life chatting on public benches about the country’s progress in different locations around Spain. Citizens talk about freedom of expression in Madrid’s Plaza del Dos de Mayo (which can be seen below); village life in Aragon; feminism and diversity in Sitges; and other topics such as science and research. The public bench represents a space that everyone has access to, where one can reflect and simply watch life go by. It is a meeting point where ideas can be exchanged and the different stories of its citizens come together and bring them closer. The conversations on these benches are real and personal and invite us to listen. Just like the consolidation of our democracy, the best version of Spain always comes from dialogue and understanding those from all walks of life.
The first video of the campaign is ‘Spain has its say’. In this video, the journalist Lucía Méndez and writer Gabriela Ybarra talk about the freedom that has been acquired by the Spanish society in the last four decades. It looks at the role of journalism, which sometimes has to cover murders – Ybarra’s father was murdered by ETA – and how our society overcomes terrorism. It demonstrates just how strong the Spanish democracy is, that we can freely express opinions that others would like to silence.
The second video ‘Feminist Spain’ features Mara, a retired senior citizen who recalls how over forty years ago women had to depend on men in order to access essential aspects of everyday life such as education, travel and even in order to buy electrical household appliances; Ericka a businesswoman and Marta a writer, are a couple who are very conscious of just how much progress Spain has made in terms of feminism, equality and LGBT+ rights. The conversation takes place in Sitges and these women although from different generations and educated under very different circumstances coincide in the fact that there is still a lot of work to be done in order to achieve real equality.