Spanish in Motion: en tierra extraña

Hosted by the Language Centre, the Cervantes Institute (London), the Cañada Blanch Centre (LSE) and the University of Roehampton

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE, United Kingdom


Paco de la Coba Tena

Paco de la Coba Tena

Journalist and founder of El Ibérico

Dr Lucia Garcia-Lorenzo

Dr Lucia Garcia-Lorenzo

Assistant Professor in Organisational Social Psychology

Paula Romero

Paula Romero

Representing the Marea Granate organisation


Rafael Peñas Cruz

Rafael Peñas Cruz

Co-ordinating Language Teacher (Spanish)

In a foreign land (72’, 2014, English subtitles) is a documentary by Spain's highest-profile female director, Icíar Bollaín, about the life of young Spanish immigrants in Edinburgh, Scotland, who had to leave Spain due to rising unemployment at home caused by the economic recession.

Gloria, a 32-year-old native of Almeria (Spain), is a teacher without a posting who, for the past two years, has been working as a shop assistant in an Edinburgh store. Together with a group that she created, Gloria is launching an initiative which, under the motto 'Neither lost nor silenced', aims to offer visibility and a voice to express the frustrations and concerns of the 20,000-strong community of Spaniards living in the Scottish capital.

Presented in 2014 at the San Sebastian Film Festival, In a foreign land was the first feature-length documentary film by Icíar Bollaín.

After the film, there will be a Q & A session in Spanish on the issues raised by the film with the journalist and founder of El Ibérico, Paco de la Coba Tena, and with a member of Marea Granate, a transnational organisation formed by emigrants (participant to be confirmed).


Paco de la Coba Tena (Alicante, 1982) studied journalism in Valencia. Since 2007 he has lived in England where he has worked as a journalist for BBC Mundo, and Spanish and Latin American media. In 2010, he founded in London a newspaper in Spanish, El Ibérico. More information on El Ibérico,

Dr Lucia Garcia-Lorenzo, Assistant Professor in Organisational Social Psychology Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, LSE.

Paula Romero, speaker from Marea Granate. Marea Granate is a transnational non-partisan organisation formed by emigrants from Spain and people who support them. It aims to combat the causes of the social and economic crisis that have forced them to emigrate. More information on Marea Granate,


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