There Are No Outdoor Ice Rinks In Madrid

“They crossed the Atlantic between Spain and Canada, not always in the same direction, but always for the same cause.”


An experimental video essay uncovering personal and historical connections between a poet, a doctor, an immigrant and a volunteer soldier. During the writing of a script about a young Canadian who volunteered as a soldier to defend democracy in Spain in 1937, a Spanish-Canadian filmmaker and immigrant, son of the exiled poet Jesús López Pacheco, travels in Canada and Spain retracing and questioning the events that lead up his family’s emigration. The personal quest combines images of the present travels with found documentary recordings made by the filmmaker during his youth of his father’s poetry and music.

2011 – 75 min.