Amanda Castro is an accomplished artist from northern Spain. She has directed and produced several films and has worked in cinema in other capacities. Amanda directed “Tierra de guerrilleros [Guerilla’s Land]” and “A golpe de tacón [Digging in Their Heels], both of which won of a number of awards in Spain, Latin America, and the United States. Amanda is also the Director of the Sueños en practicas [Putting Dreams into Practice] episode on the Generación FP series, produced by GONA and TPA (official television station of Asturias).
Her film submission for WCCA 2015 is “A golpe de tacón” [“Digging in Their Heels”] — the winner of numerous awards. This short film focuses on the events leading to the first organised response to the dictatorship by the workers’ movement, and by a sector of Spanish intellectuals, in which the wives of the Asturian miners played a crucial role.
Amanda is also the author of the book entitled “La representación de la mujer en el cine español de la Transición (1973-1982) [The Representation of Women in Spanish cinema during the Transition (1973-1982)], and is a contributor to “Mujeres de cine. La Mirada de diez directoras españolas”.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a focus on Visual Studies from the Complutense University of Madrid, and an Advanced Studies Diploma (equivalent to MA Degree) within the PhD Programme in Women’s Studies (Specialty: Audiovisual Communication and Publicity) at the University of Oviedo. She is currently working on her Ph.D dissertation on the adaptation of biographies to film, with a research stay in screenwriting theory and film analysis at Oxford University (Oxford), Columbia University (New York) and at the University of Kent (Canterbury).
Amanda is going to do her very best to join us this year at WCCA. Fingers crossed that she can make it!