A look at the transformation of the Spanish city, Pozo del Tio Raimundo. On the outskirts of Madrid in the 1950s, illegal family homes were built through the night, ...展开springing up by daybreak like 'night flowers'. Housing economic and social migrants, the ramshackle community soon developed a unique identity, and out of these humble beginnings of mud and tin shacks grew the El Pozo del Tio Raimundo suburb. This moving documentary presents the barrio's development as a reflection of Spanish society, class war and solidarity, assisted in no small way by the work of the 'Red Priest': Father Llanos.
A new entry in Spain's thriving documentary tradition, Juan Vicente Cordoba's fascinating Night Flowers focuses on the history and evolution of El Pozo del Tio Raimundo, one of numerous shanty towns that sprang up in the late '40s and '50s as rural families flocked to Spanish cities. The film chronicles the town and especially the activities of Father Llanos, a so-called "red priest" who administered to the inhabitants' spiritual needs and, perhaps even more crucially, instilled in them a passion for achieving freedom and fair treatment.
Working over many years, helping to create a new sense of self-worth and commitment, Father Llanos set out to help change the world. Night Flowers examines the results of this process, and the memories of the original inhabitants regarding their own and the town's transformation.