Febrero documental
Febrero, el miedo de los galgos

THE FIRST DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE REALITY OF GREYHOUNDS IN SPAIN

Hunting the hare is a common practice in Spanish rural areas and only brings a life of mistreatment and cruel trainings to the greyhounds.
The hunting season finishes in February and the number of greyhounds left to its own sort increases dramatically.
The majority of them are not older than three years.

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'February' (a Waggingtale Films Production)

We are a young production company located in Barcelona. ' February, the fear of Spanish greyhounds ' is our first feature documentary. Our main goal with this film is to communicate the terrible situation of mistreatment and abandonment that greyhounds suffer in our country. We want to make people aware of what happens to Spanish greyhounds during and after the hunting season. They experience a life of hard training, (being tied to motor vehicles), mistreatment and exploitation. The indiscriminated breeding and abandonment of Spanish greyhounds must come to an end.

This is a self-funded project and has been filmed and edited by Irene Blánquez. 'SOS Galgos' has collaborated in the distribution of the film in several worldwide festivals and through their social networking sites. 'Waggingtale Films' takes care of the production, promotion and distribution without sponsors or crowd funding.

DIRECTION AND EDITING
Irene Blánquez
SOUND TRACK
Ricard Latorre
POST PRODUCTION SOUND ASSISTANT
Júlia Benach
COLOURIST
Marc Morató / Metropolitana
GRAPHIC DESIGN
Mabel Vicente
PRODUCTION
waggingtale.org

FILM DETAILS
Lenght: 61'
Original: XDCAM
Screen format: 16:9
Colour
Spain / 2013

LANGUAGE
Spanish
SUBTITLES
English, French and Italian

Synopsis

The thread of the documentary is Mila, an Spanish greyhound abandoned in a Sevillian town and very scared of people. Mila was rescued and taken to Barcelona by the NGO 'SOS Galgos' and underwent surgery to start a new life.

The film combines interviews with animal protectionists and hunters. Both sides describe the world that surrounds the Spanish greyhound. They’re used and massively abandoned at the end of hunting season by the hunters, and some of them get lucky and are rescued by the protective hands of NGOSs.

Self-funded Film given away freely during the official Spanish tour

'February, the fear of Spanish greyhounds' has been self-funded, produced and distributed without sponsors and crowdfunding . Thanks to the interest and commitment of both organisations and individuals, the documentary has travelled almost around the entire Spanish territory outside a commercial distribution circuit (except for Madrid and Barcelona). Local organisers and us, have worked hard in the management and organisation of the official tour around Spain which ended in February 2014. We have celebrated more than seventy screenings with large audience and all thanks to a common interest, raise awareness and change the reality of greyhounds in Spain.

Subtitles in several languages! (Filmotech)

In march 2014, 'February, the Fear of Spanish Greyhounds' (English subtitles), was published by the prepaid platform, Filmotech. From march 2015, it will be shown also with Italian and French subtitles at http://www.filmotech.com

For a small amount of money, you will help us to keep working on this project that started two years ago. The team of Waggingtale Films, (production company willing to continue producing and promoting films that uphold both the environment and the defense of animals) thank you for your support.

“February” released for educational purposes!

All type of educational institutions around the world, can organise a screening of the documentary (secondary and high schools, universities , libraries, special needs education and prison services). No bars, cafes and private premises accepted.

So, entities or individuals outside Spain can request the Film and the Education Kit (all in English).

Ask for more details and conditions writing to febrero@waggingtale.org

¿Do you want to organise a screening of the documentary? We tell you how...

During the official tour around Spain, we ceded the film for free. Although this phase ended, we are still organising some projections by a symbolic contribution of 20€. Being a self-funded and independent project (without distribution), we would not be able to keep working without this help. Once you enter the exceptional tour, you will receive the link to download the film (English Subtitles) and the rest of promotional files needed to organise the screening.

For more information and conditions and to request the official kit, please write to febrero@waggingtale.org

You can also request the link to download the film for personal use (at the same price) writing to febrero@waggingtale.org

More info

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What is hare-hunting?

Spanish greyhounds are used for hare-hunting in arid and flat terrain, where they can see very far and since they are such a good runners, they are let off two at a the time to chase the hare. The first one to reach the hare is the winner.

How many “galgueros” (hunters) are in Spain?

There are 190,000 “galgueros” and over 50,000 Spanish greyhounds are killed or abandoned by their owners each year.

Where is hare-hunting more popular?

In rural areas such as Cuenca, Toledo, Seville and towns around Madrid.
These are also the areas where galgos suffer more abuse and mistreatment.

What happens to the “galgos” when they are no longer useful for hunting?

When Spanish greyhounds are no longer useful to run and win they are abandoned or killed by their owners, as if they were objects. Some galgueros throw them into wells or hang them on trees. This occurs during the hunting season, especially at its end in February.

What is the legal situation of motor training?

Currently training greyhounds tied to motor vehicles is not permitted in any part of Spain, but the Andalusian Federation of Spanish Greyhound are trying to legalize it.

What SOS Galgos do?

SOS Galgos strives to increase public awareness of the cruelty inflicted upon the Spanish greyhounds and their need for a dignified retirement as a pet. Rescuing and finding a home for Spanish greyhounds is a big part of their daily tasks. They also work with campaigns to change the law and they collaborate with schools in order to prevent this cruelty towards Spanish greyhounds.

How many Spanish greyhounds has SOS Galgos has rescued?

SOS Galgos has rescued and found homes for approximately 2,500 greyhounds since 1999.

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Solidarity bag

You can help us by purchasing our solidarity bag so we can continue working on the Spanish greyhound defense and distribution of this documentary.

Our bag “Sin miedo a los cambios” has been specially designed by Waggintale Films.

The documentary has been produced with great enthusiasm and effort. The pre-production work, production and post-production (camera, sound, editing, soundtrack, colour correction...) has been done by professionals altruistically. All the management, promotion and distribution for the official tour and educational tour is also being altruistic. It is for this reason that we especially appreciate your help!

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Help us by sharing this project online. Because greyhounds deserve to stop being afraid.

The documentary has been produced with great enthusiasm and effort. The pre-production work, production and post-production (camera, sound, editing, soundtrack, colour correction...) has been done by professionals altruistically. All the management, promotion and distribution in the official tour and educational tour is being also altruistic. It is for this reason that we especially appreciate your help! You can make a donation or purchase our solidarity bag.

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“February” released for educational purposes!

On the 20th of March of 2014 , all Spanish educational institutions can organize a screening of the documentary (secondary and high schools, universities , libraries, special needs education and prison services). No bars, cafés and private premises accepted.

Entities or individuals outside Spain can also request the Film and the Education Kit in English. No bars, cafés and private premises accepted.

Ask for more details writing to febrero@waggingtale.org

Film released freely during the official Spanish tour

'February, the fear of Spanish greyhounds' has been self-funded, produced and distributed without sponsors and crowd funding . Thanks to the interest and commitment of both organizations and individuals, the documentary has traveled almost around the entire Spanish territory outside a commercial distribution circuit (except for Madrid and Barcelona). Local organizers and us, have worked hard in the management and organization of the official tour around Spain which ended in February 2014. We have celebrated more than seventy screenings with large audience and all thanks to a common interest, raise awareness and change the reality of greyhounds in Spain.

World wide premiere on the 14th of March 2014!

Watch and share this film at home by visiting legal streaming platforms. To watch the film visit: www.filmotech.com
For a small amount of money, you will help us to keep working on this project that started two years ago. The team of Waggingtale Films, (production company willing to continue producing and promoting films that uphold both the environment and the defense of animals) thank you for your support.

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Free online premiere for documentary
February: The Fear of Spanish Greyhounds

February: The Fear of Spanish Greyhounds, is an independent documentary that describes the current situation for thousands of Spanish greyhounds in Spain. This self-financed documentary is the result of two years filming and editing in solitary by Catalonian director Irene Blanquez. Along with graphic designer Mabel Vicente, she founded Waggingtale Films, a production company dedicated to the defense of animals and the environment.

Free viewing for the Galgo’s cause

Hare coursing, or hunting, a common practise in rural areas of Spain, exposes greyhounds to a life of misery and cruel training. The hunting season ends in February and the number of abandoned greyhounds at that time of the year increases. Most of them, are not more than three years old.
Waggingtale Films, has decided to publish this documentary freely at www.februarythedocumentary.com to alert viewers to the reality of Spanish greyhounds in the most critical month, February.

The documentary traverses between interviews with environmentalists and animal welfare associations and interviews with hare hunters (greyhound owners). This way, the documentary shows the two faces of the world that surrounds the Spanish greyhound; the exploitation and mass abandonment when the hunting season is over, as opposed to the work done by charities like SOS Galgos.

Irene Blánquez makes her directorial debut with this bold and forceful one hour film. The stunning photography and soundtrack seek to dignify the Spanish greyhound and in doing so avoids the sensational. Sensitive viewers will be pleased to know there are no explicit images.

An independent but successful documentary

After the successful cinema screenings of February: The Fear of Spanish Greyhounds in Barcelona and Madrid at the beginning of 2014, more than seventy showings have been organised around Spain. in a non-commercial distribution context. Collaborations of NGOs, associations and solidary people have our thanks.

Since March 2014, February: The Fear of Spanish Greyhounds, has been shown in Argentina, UK, USA and Holland. The documentary has also been available at the legal viewing platform Filmotech, being the most rented and viewed film in the history of the platform . Awarded with La Huella de Oro 2014 (the Golden Footprint Award) for best documentary in defense of animals, February, the fear of Spanish greyhounds, has also been screened at the Spanish Congress of Deputies, in a forum organised by (APDDA) and in collaboration with SOS Galgos, SPCAI, Fundación Franz Weber, Libera and Galgos sin Fronteras, among others.

Awards
HUELLA DE ORO (GOLDEN FOOTPRINT) 2014 AWARD

for the Most committed documentary to animal defense” (Organised by Anaa).

EDUCACTIF SENSIBILIZACIÓN 2013 AWARD (Film Festival of Pamplona)

for “Best documentary of educational scope that has developed a labor of awareness rising among young students.”

FESTIVAL OTROS CINES 2014

Argentine Independent Film Festival. Official selection.

FESTIVAL DE CINE INUSUAL DE BUENOS AIRES

Special screening.



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Soundtrack for "February, the fear of Spanish greyhounds"

BY RICARD LATORRE

The director has chosen for this documentary a minimal and delicated soundtrack composed by Ricard Latorre.
By using tracks, but also experimenting with sounds and textures, trying to empathize with greyhounds and their fears. Illustrating their emotions, but always avoiding sensationalism, these subtle, instinctive and minimalistic melodies create an emotional and honest result.
Ricard Latorre has worked on this project altruistically and for the sake of greyhounds in Spain.



Coming soon...

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The documentary FEBRUARY, filmed and edited by Irene Blanquez, paints a picture of the reality of greyhounds in Spain without being sensationalist.

Hare-baiting, common practice in many rural areas, exposes the greyhound to a brutal training regime and to a life of misery. The hunting season finishes in February, a month when the number of greyhounds abandoned by their owners sky-rockets. Most of them are no more than three years old.

The documentary has been produced with great enthusiasm and effort by Waggingtale Films. The pre-production, production and post-production work (camera, sound, editing, soundtrack, colour correction...) has been done by professionals altruistically without crowdfunding or sponsors. All the management, promotion and distribution in the official and educational tour is being also altruistic.

It is for this reason that we especially appreciate your help. You can make a donation or purchase our solidarity bag.

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