Cinema Great Hall
XII Mostra de Cinema de Muntanya de Palma Projecció de "Majorca observed"
This is a 1970 BBC documentary dealing with Majorca’s natural world. It mainly focuses on ornithological aspects. The presence of birds contrasts with the images displaying the tourist development of the Island. Tourists cannot longer see the traditional peaceful life of Majorca nor its variety of wild fauna. Different sceneries including Pla de Mallorca (Majorca’s plain), the mountain torrents, the coast, the salt marshes, wetlands, the cliffs, etc. are shown together with their birds, amphibious animals and insects, also including images of the traditional peasant works.
Special attention is put on the osprey, the black kite, the shorebirds, the shrike, the Eurasian kestrel, the sea hawk, the swift, the hoopoe, the black vulture, etc. The uncontrolled growth of housing developments and hotel infrastructures oppose, at the end, with the images of the sea hawk and the osprey.
The screening of Majorca observed has been possible thanks to the ASIM (Arxiu del So i la Imatge de Mallorca - Majorca’s Sound and Image Archives) and it is framed within the project dealing with the recovery and broadcasting of the audiovisual heritage having to do with our landscapes and our natural world.