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A limited DVD edition of the film ''Little Spain'', directed by {{w|Artur Balder}}, is now available on the official website of the {{w|Spanish Benevolent Society}}. The film, that summarizes a part of Hispanic immigration in the [[United States]] displaying the history of [[New York City]] (NYC), is based upon a set of old photographs and testimonies showing a neighborhood called {{w|Little Spain}} in {{w|Manhattan}}, situated at the West End of 14th Street, in the time when densely populated by Spaniards and Hispanic immigrants.
[[File:NYC 14th Street looking west 12 2005.jpg|left|thumb|280px|File photo of 14th Street from the northeast corner of Fifth Avenue looking west. New York City. {{image|Leif Knutsen}}]]
== Film content ==
In the film, the Spanish-American director and journalist Artur Balder trace the journey of those who left Spain and South America in search of a better life in the United States, describing the story of its most important entrance port, New York City, and the formation of the Little Spain community. After a preliminarpreliminary exposition, the interviewees, including actual director of {{w|La Nacional}}, Robert Sanfiz, who is by the wayalso the leading voice of the film, start describing the area as they remember it. Citations referenced by date from the {{w|New York Times}}, pronounced by a voice -over credited as Bob Smith tatthat sounds like Sanfiz's, settle the transitions between the different episodes: immigration in the XIXth century, Spanish Civil War, the 50s and 60s, personal memories. There is a musical interlude with a {{w|flamenco}} performance filmed at La Nacional. Pictures of {{w|Al Paccino}} at a flamenco party, NYC mayor {{w|David Dinkins}} and {{w|Ed Koch}} visiting the street festival of Santiago Apóstol, follow the animated expositions of old pictures. Marine merchant Francisco Santamaría describes his arrival to Little Spain in the 50s. Thereafter José Pérez tells the story of {{w|El Faro Restaurant}}, opened in 1932, and the relevance of basque immigrant Valentín Aguirre. A new interlude, this time displaying footage of the last Santiago Apóstol street festival is edited in contrast with actual footage of San Gennaro festival at Mulberry St, {{w|Little Italy}}. New old pictures and descriptions of more personal memories compose a kind of visual coda at the end of the film, as a final homage to the now disappeared neighborhood.
The result is a sixty minute, feature-length, documentary looking back at the founding of La Nacional in 1868 and the uptick in migration from the Iberian nation following Spain’s loss of Cuba in 1898; continuing through to the Hispanic apex in the area, after Spain’s 1936-1939 Civil War, finally charting the community’s sharp decline in the 1970s and 1980s.