Agile in the Newsroom / Redaccions Àgils

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At Studio 20 were I am studying (a graduate program at NYU focused on innovation in journalism) this semester we are teaming up with Storyful (a start-up that finds news on the social web and verifies it) in hopes of answering this question: what does it take to create a more agile newsroom?

Follow our blog for further information:

http://nyustudio20.wordpress.com/about-the-project/

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És possible implementar els conceptes de programació “àgil” a les redaccions dels diaris i TVs?

Aquest és un dels projectes que estem fent al Màster Studio 20 NYU. És un projecte conjunt amb l’agència de notícies Storyful (una start-up que és dedica a verificar contingut dels social media i que acaba d’arribar a NYC adquirda per News Corp).

Com créixer i mantenir-se àgil? Com innovar enmig de les rutines productives? Com construir processos àgils entre totes les parts de l’empresa?

Podeu seguir algunes de les nostres respostes al nostre blog:

http://nyustudio20.wordpress.com/about-the-project/

Collective art featured at the People’s Climate

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Click here to see the complete article + the slideshow that we have published with “Bedford and Bowery”! Watch Preparations For Sunday’s Epic Climate March, Then Join In

Organizers say it will be an historic moment: this Sunday, more than 1,000 businesses, unions, schools, social justice collectives, environmental groups and more will be marching together against climate change. With the UN Summit on climate crises taking place in NYC on Tuesday, activists say the time is right for a big street presence and are making up huge banners, puppets, giant trees and pipelines .

“Art can be at the DNA of your organizing and this has been our strategy”, says Gan Golan of the Mayday Arts Team People: “We are going to communicate big stories about climate change and the ways communities are responding.”

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Dicen que será un momento histórico en Estados Unidos. Este domingo más de 1.000 coemrcios, escuelas, sindicatos, colectivos sociales, medio ambientales y más se manifestarán en las calles de NYC. Con el UN Summit sobre la crisis climática teniendo lugar este martes en la ciudad, lxs activistas piensan que es el momento de estar en la calle.

“El arte puede ser el ADN de tu forma de organizar y esta ha sido nuestra estrategia” dice Gan Golan del Mayday Arts Team People: “Vamos a contar las grandes historias sobre cambio climático y como las distintas comunidades están respondiendo”.

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Entrevista a Grace Lee Boggs

Grace Lee Boggs tiene casi 100 años y su pensamiento humanista vigoriza la devastada ciudad de Detroit (norte de Estados Unidos). Si la conocida como Motor City se convirtió en el símbolo del «sueño americano», hoy sus inmensos terrenos parecen un escenario de posguerra: gigantescas calles vacías, solares abandonados y abun-
dante pobreza. Click here to read the full interview

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Community Media Resisting on both sides of the Atlantic

Text by Friction Films and Clàudia Prat

[versión en español]

Existence becomes resistance for community media when the state puts continuous barriers, threats and attacks in their path. LaTele.cat in the Americas writes…

Just arriving in Mexico City DF and a call to demonstrate against the new Telecommunications Law arrives in my Facebook feed. Meanwhile, an *urgent* call for support arrives in my inbox from LaTele.cat, the self-organised television channel of Barcelona which has been hit with a fine of 500,001 Euros by the government of Catalonia. I head to the demonstration in Mexico City and I’m struck by the resonance between community medias on either side of the Atlantic.

SYMBOLS OF CORRUPTION AND RESISTANCE

In reality, the demonstration is an “Informative Meeting” (Assemblea Informativa), co-organised by several media collectives in the city. The meeting is being held at the feet of a strange towering sculpture called the “Estela de Luz” which cost the city millions of dollars, and which has not only become a symbol of political corruption, but also a symbol of resistance as protests increasingly gather there and the pavement has been imprinted with names of people disappeared in narco-conflicts. The “Informative Meeting” is being re-transmitted through the airwaves by Radio Ajusco, a community radio in the southern outskirts of the city which was created in 2012 to inform the people of Ajusco village about the Presidential elections in July that year.

Asamblea Informativa

THE ISSUES

At the meeting, people from the organising groups speak before sharing the microphone with the crowd. In less than a month, the new Telecommunications Law will come into force, despite significant social mobilisations and criticism nationally and internationally. Organising around the hashtags ‪#EPNvsInternet and ‪#MarchaContraElSilencio, a viral protest has already warned that the law will enable government and corporate control and surveillance of the internet, phone use, and media in Mexico. An activist from CODEC (Collective for the Right to Communicate / Colectivo por el Derecho a la Comunicacion) explains their indignation to the meeting:

“The government, WITHOUT any judicial order or regulatory framework, will be able to access all our metadata from one year ago until the present day. Telephone and internet companies are obliged to store all your data so that any authority can request your data at their convenience.

… What most bothers us about the law is the issue of social media and community media like Radio Ajusco. One of the principle ways to democratise a country is to ensure that there are a diversity of voices. Which doesn’t mean that they open another channel and another businessman gives his vision of the world through this channel. That is no way to ensure a diversity of voices in the media. Diversity means that each different sector of the society has the possibility to participate in the media, articulate their reality, communicate it to the world, and receive, and receive and receive information.”

An activist from YoSoyRed (I Am Network/Internet) analyses the Mexican mainstream media’s relationship with social media, drawing conclusions for ways we can work together:

“I believe that Televisa, Carlos Slim and TV Azteca* think that with this law, they can oblige people to watch a certain media content. However, what we have realised is that the social networks belong to us. Read Televisa’s reports for the first quarter of 2014, and see how they blame social networks for a 35% loss in their audiences. That means that the internet, social networks, videos, the things that we share in the internet, really are weakening them, and this is the way that we really can beat them. We just have to communicate better, use networks, go beyond talking amongst ourselves. The idea for this meeting, together with CODEC, is that we start to talk about proposals… My proposal is that we create a kind of Wiki where we can connect with people from other states, and from there we can collect signatures and start to offer workshops so that people can create blogs, strengthen campaigns that already exist, and support organisations that are already doing something… Lets unite in a battle for the freedom of expression.

Summarising, we have to get signatures from 50 senators in order to make a constitutional challenge against the Telecommunications Law. And the other way, the harder way, the way that Televisa is really scared of, that the traditional media is really scared of, is the network. Lets occupy the internet, publish good work through online networks, because that is the way they are losing money, because that is why they made this law, and if we carry on using networks without fear, this is how we are going to win.”

DIVERSITY OF VOICES

As explained by the CODEC activist, “diversity” means that each sector has it’s own media, and this is the legal struggle that LaTele.cat in Barcelona finds itself in. LaTele.cat is a self-organised television channel in Barcelona which started online in 2003 as part of the mobilisations against the Iraq War, going on to broadcast in analogue before starting to broadcast on our digital channel from 2011. Many times in the meetings of LaTele, we comment that making our own community media makes us stronger, and we’ve been learning and doing collectively for 12 years now.

This summer we received a letter outlining a fine of 500,001 euros from the Director General of Communication Media of the Catalan Government. Our email list quickly started spreading the word, and we put ourselves on alert. Although many of us are not in the daily running of LaTele at the moment, although some of us have crossed the Atlantic and are roaming the Americas, we are many those who will step forward for LaTele. This is the second time that the Catalan government has started a disciplinary procedure against LaTele, trying to fine us. The first time was in July 2007, when they wanted to fine us 60,000 Euros. Now, seven years later, with a strong sense of deja vu, we receive another threat, 8 times bigger, and we begin another fight against what we consider to be an illegitimate disciplinary procedure.

Spanish and Catalan law says that we DO have a RIGHT TO EXIST (as a media of the “third sector”, not public, not private). However, we are still waiting for the procedure that will allow us to apply for a licence. And yet they hit us with this enormous fine. As in 2007, we hope that our collective strength will stop the fine.

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AGAINST THE SILENCE – THE RIGHT TO EXIST

In Barcelona, the Catalan government tries to silence the ONLY non-profit television channel with a huge fine. In Mexico, the new Telecommunications Law directly empowers the state with the ability to block telecommunications in any area at any time they consider it necessary: the so-called “zones of silence”. Keeping up the theme, the wide-ranging powers in the Telecommunications Law which allow your data to be accessed, searched and sold, have all the ingredients to create a climate of fear and self-censorship, an insidious form of silencing which has deep effects on the heart and soul of a people.

Bloggers in Mexico are working against the silence, using hastags #HackeandoLaLey, #OcupaElEspectro and #UstéDisculpe. Wryly noting that “they like it when you get indignant in private and you keep quiet in public”, they are articulating the sadness and indignation which the new Telecommunications Law has induced, asking:

“Why? Why all the spying and trampling on our freedom? Why attack the Mexican people, who have already been hit hard by the economy? Why go further and take away their internet.. their free-time, research, fun, activism, support…?”

Working against the silence on the other side of the Atlantic, LaTele.cat continues to struggle for our RIGHT TO EXIST, and that’s why we continue to broadcast without a licence.

Existence becomes resistance. That’s why LaTele and all other community media want to, and HAVE TO, keep broadcasting, keep writing, keep making videos, keep meeting, keep listening, keep speaking. And that is how we build our strength.

#OcupaElEspectro

#HackeandoLaLeyTelecom

#HackeandoLaLey

#‎HackeaLaLey‬

‪#LeyTelecom

*Televisa and TV Azteca are two commercial TV channels which dominate Mexican media. Carlos Slim is the richest man in the world, and chairman and chief executive of telecommunications companies Telmex and América Móvil.

http://latele.cat/blogs/community-media-resisting-both-sides-atlantic

With different members of LaTele.Cat that we are now in Las Américas we have started a collective blog. This is a post written with Friction Films, just after she landed in D.F Mexico. Visit all our blog.

Turn the water ON in Detroit! # ¡Devuelvan el agua en Detroit!

In solidarity with the Detroit Water struggle, connected with Canada and the struggles world wide, LaTele en las Américas and the Water Program latele.cat/aigua we have released this video after a short- fruitful visit in Detroit. We’ll keep tuned.

En solidaridad con Detroit, conectados con Canadá y con las luchas por el agua en el mundo, La Tele en Las Américas y El Programa del Agua latele.cat/aigua lanzamos este video después de una corta, pero fructírfera visita en Detroit). Estaremos atentas.

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We want the water turned on in Detroit. The Water Department in Detroit is violating a Human Right. In other words: deprive people from water is not humane. This smells of RACISM and CLASSISM.

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¡Queremos el agua en los grifos de Detroit! El Departamente de Agua está violando un Derecho Humano. En otras palabras: privar a la gente de agua NO es humano. Esto huele a RACISMO y CLACISMO.  Estaremos atentas.

«Me entristeció descubrir que FEMEN se guiaba por un modelo patriarcal, pero decidí seguir filmando»

Entrevista a Kitty Green directora del documental sobre Femen; ‘Ukarine is not a brothel”, publicada en Zazpika, Primavera 2014.

Interview with Kitty Green, director of the documentary about FEMEN; ‘Ukarine is not a brothel”. Published in Zazpika, Primavera 2014.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE PDF – CLICA AQUÍ PARA LEER EL PDF

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Syllogism about Children 404 / Silogismo sobre Children 404

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Children 404 is a virtual platform for adolescents LGTBQ in Russia, it appeared as a natural response to the “Putin law” against gay propaganda.

From Children 404 was built a documentary with the voices of young people. Before being send to international festivals it was published on YouTube-Russia.

Children 404 was born from the web, and for the web, with a lineal documentary narrative.

Therefore; Children 404 is a webdocumentary. No?

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CASTELLANO

Children 404 es la plataforma para jóvenes LGTBQ de Rusia. Nació como respuesta natural a la ley Putin contra la  ‘propaganda gay’.

De Children 404 nació el documental Children 404. Antes de enviarlo a festivales, sus directores lo colgaron en YouTube-Rusia.

Children 404 nace de la web y para la web, en formato lineal documental.

Entonces; Children 404 es un webdocumental. No?

 

CLICK HERE TO  READ THE INTERVIEW WITH ITS DIRECTORS (ONLY IN SPANISH)

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‘El cine quiere ser interactivo, nosotros queremos ser cine’

Artículo publicado en El Mundo 30/05/2014En los últimos años, el llamado webdocumental o documental interactivo (i-doc), fusión de diseño web y documental está llamado la atención de documentalistas y festivales españoles. Este fin de semana, hay cita en España

Fotograma del webdocumental 'Highrise'

Fotograma del webdocumental ‘Highrise’ HIGHRISE

CLÀUDIA PRAT Toronto

Actualizado: 30/05/2014 11:56 horas

Mike Robbins salía el miércoles por la noche de Toronto para asistir como ponente en el Encuentro Interdocs de Barcelona, que se celebra estos días en el marco del festival de documentalDocsBarcelona. En los últimos años, el llamado ‘webdocumental’ (webdoc) o documental interactivo (i-doc), fusión de diseño web y documental está llamado la atención de documentalistas y festivales españoles. ‘Webdoc’ o ‘I-doc’ se refiere a trabajos que no se verán en cines o en televisión y que en cambio requieren que usuarios los exploren en internet.

Los canadienses y los franceses llevan tiempo experimentado en este nuevo terreno interactivo y Mike Robbins posee una ‘larga’ experiencia. Él es quién dirigió, hace tres años, el desarrollo y diseño web de Highrise, el conocido webdocumental de Katerina Cizek que sigue ganando premios: World Press Photo Multimedia 2014 y el Peabody Award 2014.

Helios Desgin Labs es una pequeña productora ubicada el barrio más ‘hipster’ de Toronto: “Lo paradójico es que los cineastas quieren ser interactivos y nosotros queremos ser más cinematográficos”, dice Robbins llevando su portátil en la cocina de la productora con vistas a backyard: “Creo que somos muchos intentado avanzar en el camino del ‘storytelling’ interactivo y aún nos queda mucho para llegar a mezclar bien el lenguaje web y el cinematográfico y crear algo nuevo”. Helios Desgin Lab también ha estado detrás del webdoc Offshore y 17,000 Islands. Y Robbins fue quien, por ejemplo, ideó el uso de navegación 3D para explorar One Millon Tower – una pieza dentro del multiproyecto, Highrise de Cizek: “Pueden recordar un poco a los videojuegos 3D pero en realidad¡Ellos copiaron primero a los arquitectos!“, exclama Robbins: “Lo que hicimos fue trasladar la idea que tenía Cizek de narrar en primera persona al uso de la navegación 3D, y también lo hemos hecho en Offshore”.

En Zaragoza estos días se está celebrando de forma online elDocs.21 “un festival para los documentales del siglo XXI” y que físicamente acontecerá el 13 de junio. En el DocumentaMadrid de este año también se ha realizado por primera vez una sesión sobre “cómo hacer un webdoc” organizado por Maria Yáñez y Lucía Andújar donde acudieron un centenar de personas del mundo audiovisual. “No vinieron programadores web” explica Lucía Andújar, “creo que hace falta encontrar espacios multidisciplinares donde la motivación venga tanto del campo de la narrativa como del desarrollo tecnológico”.

En RTVE se creó el año pasado el RTVE LAB, para experimentar en esta dirección y en el Encuentro Interdocs en Barcelona, además de la conferencia con ponentes como Mike Robins, Mandy Rose (i-docs) o Alvaro Liuzzi (Universidad Nacional de La Plata), saldrán los primeros proyectos interactivos en el pitching del festival (las presentaciones que se hacen para obtener financiamiento de productoras grandes o televisiones). “Hay una cantidad grande de proyectos en camino y en 2015 vamos a empezar a ver los resultados, los webdocs y documentales transmedia “made in Spain” han llegado para quedarse”, dice contundente Arnau Gifreu, doctorado en el tema y organizador del encuentro Interdocs.

Seguramente, cuando Mike Robbins entró a trabajar en Helios Design Lab hace 13 años no se imaginaba que en el 2014 viajaría hasta Barcelona para participar en un festival de documental: “trabajar en Highrise con Katerina Cizek nos abrió la mente a colaborar con más y distintas disciplinas”, dice moviendo su ratón entre las ramificaciones de su proyecto The Story Map realizado. “Ahora falta seguir explorando…” dice pensativo.

Canadienses y franceses han conseguido realizar sus proyectos interactivos gracias a grandes dosis de financiación pública y la apuesta de medios de comunicación innovadores. En España, iniciativas como el festival Docs21, el Interdocs, los StoryCode Barcelona o la continuidad que Lucía Andújar y María Yáñez quieren dar a #hacerwebdoc hacen preever que, si algo puede diferenciar algún día a los webdocs hechos en el Estado, provendrá del intercambio de ideas en estos encuentros y comunidades.

Sister Writes: The Plumber Heroines

That’s the story I wrote for the literary magazine Sister Writes, from Toronto, Canada.

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The Plumber Heroines

I remember the day when we came back to school from our vacations and we were old. Old  enough, I mean, to sit on the metal bench during the morning break and not play like children.

I remember perfectly: the boys wearing jeans for the first time, the foil sound when we opened our tomato-bread sandwiches, and the lively conversations about the summer. The Barcelona blue sky dazzled my eyes and I dreamed about the future.

I thought that when you got older, you became free. And I thought that metal bench was leading us to that freedom. A few days later, however, I realized that neither the metal bench nor leaving childhood was liberating me. And even the jeans and the aluminum foil  began choking my breath.

That is the story of how we, the Plumber Heroines, liberated ourselves years later.

The Writing Course

It all began with a script-writing course. Our class consisted of eight women in the Ribera Quarter of Barcelona following the directions of the most chaotic teacher in the city, Carmen. She entered the classroom dragging her travel-bag full of VHS tapes. Although it was  2035 and we already lived in the Digital Age, Carmen had all these film fragments she wanted  to show us in her bag. We never knew exactly what she was teaching in that class, but her words activated our dreams.

 

It was the time when water was being privatized all over the world. The time when all our ancestors advised us that maybe privatization was excessive and crossing a line. Dangerous. We cared, like we cared when they augmented the cost of public transportation, or when they built the useless high velocity train. We cared, like we cared when we discovered exploited hands in Cambodia or Morocco were making our clothes. We cared, like we cared when thousands of families couldn’t pay their mortgages or when sexual assaults continued to be committed. We cared, and we thought of solutions, but we could never look at the terrifying big picture. And we laughed together; running in the Barcelona narrow streets while the city was sleeping. And we reinvented our souls in forbidden places at impossible hours. That night some of us ended up in a hidden spot called The Gladiator. Conversations freed our imaginations and we conspired together against patriarchy and collective stupidity. We cared about ourselves and about others. We decided to succeed in our activist and personal life. You pulled me by my jumper and I kissed your lips hard…

“Get up!” I didn’t know what time it was and my brain was still seeing the images from the night before. The washroom line, your shoulder, the weird man, the guffaw, your eyes, the smoke, the screams, outside again…Run! Pepa was touching my legs though the eiderdown: “Come on! It’s raining let’s go and get water!” Pepa was my roommate and my best and most powerful friend. She was also an impressive plumber. She and three other neighbors had built a system to collect rainwater from the roofs of five buildings in our neighborhood. If Pepa’s invention worked, we could stop thousands of liters of water from ending up in the hands of Water-Waterer, the most important private water corporation that stole our common good with the complicity of our city council. Crossing the city in Pepa’s car made me felt like Thelma and Louise. She made me drive quickly while she reviewed the material we had with us. Pepa had plenty of recycled pipes, plastics sheets, and hoses. “A group of threads well twisted is a rope” she said, laughing, quoting the Catalan poet, Miquel Martí i Pol. Pepa reused, recycled, created. She was my goddess. “Its gonna be a funky good night!” she said. I turned up the music.

Water

White-men see rivers as streams of money. “No money, no water, ” they said, laughing, in an International Water Forum. And last year, in our neighbourhood El Carmel, they decided to test the pre-paid water system. The water pre-paid system meant an increase in price and if we didn’t pay in advance, we had no water in our tap. The city council says that “This will encourage water-usage awareness,” but the system does not apply to the owner’s of private swimming pools, or the golf courses in the rich part of the city. In El Carmel, we live in an old house rooted in a very high slope, just north of the Park Guell with incredible views of the city and the sea.

The Hackers

The hacker community, located in the BetterSpace basement, was working for the water-liberation. They were creating cards that would trick the system and issue families’ false pre-paid water cards. I loved walking through their space and getting cards for my neighbors. It was my monthly gift to them.

Barcelona

Barcelona has two mountains and one sea. The center is invaded with floods of tourists that come from cruise ships and airplanes. Barcelona is a cool European spot and our city council announced happily years ago that we were “Barcelona, the best shop in the  world.” We, the locals, don’t shop in the center and we never drink sangria in Les Rambles. I loved painting the view of Barcelona with a big paintbrush. From my calm neighborhood every big picture seemed peaceful and full of colour. I had multiple undefined jobs. I had decided to be a creative soul and intertwine myself with others.

Carmen’s Bag

That evening we were waiting for our teacher, Carmen, in class when she entered with a troubled face. “Girls, you have no idea what happened to me yesterday” Carmen opened her huge eyes wide and began to tell her story

The DV Tape

We decided to cancel the class and take the subway to my house in El Carmel. The night before, the police had confiscated Carmen’s bag looking for DV tapes, but had found nothing. Now Carmen had brought all the DV tapes she had found at her house and wanted to check them all in a camcorder. What were the police searching for? “Girls aren’t you afraid?” asked Lluïsa a seventy-year-old woman in the class. “No,” we all said. She smiled: “All of this reminds me the time we fought against Franco’s dictatorship.”

The Demonstration

In the subway we found hundreds of PAH members (Platform for People Affected by Mortgages). PAH was founded 30 years ago to protect families that were going to be evicted and now they manage many collectively-squatted buildings they share with priority families. We talked to them inside the subway and some decided to come with us to El Carmel.

The Heroines

We grew up in a democracy that taught us not to drink water from the sky or the tap. A “democracy” that told us to buy houses to feel safer and to buy goods as often as possible. Some of us forgot we were social creatures or that life could be simpler and more  fulfilling. We forgot about DIY. Do It Yourself. That day in El Carmel activists of water and housing, neighbors, the hackers, my classmates, and other great everyday heroines gathered together freely on our terrace. Some checked the DV Tapes, others explained new discoveries in pre-paid water cards, some started peeling potatoes and cutting vegetables, and the PAH-crew listened while Pepa explained her new “pipeline-roof-liberating-system-based-on-trees”. The sound and smell of the embers cooking our home-grown food, the smell of strange imported spices, the voices of peers, and the Barcelona blue sky dazzling, again, my eyes. I was breathing deeply once again. We had become the Plumber Heroines.

*Part of this plot was designed with filmmaker Elena Molina in connection with the Catalan Network for a New Culture of Water.

Vida a les catacombes de París #webdoc !

imssssages[EN] I lived in  Paris for one year and a half.  Everybody talked about the parties at the catacombs, but very few really knew. Finally is this webdocumentary by Victor Serna and Barret Films who brings us to the secret life in the “ville de lumières”…!! Check it out!

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[FR] Les Français! C’est finalement un alisateur de Valencia qui nos emmene dans les catacombes de votre ville de lumières… Les Catacombes

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[CAT] Vaig a viure a París un any i mig. Tothom em parlava de les “raves” a les catacombes, però ningú me’n sabia dir res. Ha estat  aquest webdoc de Víctor Serna i Barret Films qui per fi m’hi han portat!!! Des de Canadà a les entranyes de la ciutat de les llums! Moltes gràcies!! Cliqueu aquí

 

Les Catacombes  Victor SernaBarret Films

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