MICE Petís: Audiovisual programming for schools


MICE Petís is a program designed to initiate young learners in filmmaking, with a focus on ethnographic cinema. Like other creative media, cinema plays a significant role in the education of contemporary citizens and contributes to shaping their sociocultural development as members of society. MICE – International Ethnographic Film Festival first emerged as an initiative promoted by DEAC (the Museum of Galician People’s department for education and cultural dissemination). In keeping with that spirit, MICE renews its commitment to bringing ethnographic cinema closer to younger audiences for another year. For this 18 th edition, MICE has devised a pilot program focusing on filmmaking that will be implemented in collaboration with three Galician high schools and the youth section of the sociocultural center Aurelio Aguirre (Santiago de Compostela).

In 2023, MICE Petís’ goal is to familiarize young learners with the narrative potential of audiovisual tools and filming techniques used in non-fiction and documentary filmmaking. The subject matter? The Galician culture and its traditions as a reality exposed to constant change. How are they represented and passed on to the younger members of society? How do the youth perceive them? What new habits are they developing in their everyday life as a group? What rituals do teenagers put into place to make their way into today’s society? The purpose of this year’s MICE Petís program is to encourage reflection on these questions using filmmaking tools with an accent on bringing to light the perspective of the youth and their primary interests.

The program, which targets secondary school students from 14 to 18 years old, will be developed by the Museum of Galician People’s DEAC in collaboration with the young Galician teacher and emerging filmmaker Bruno Arias. Monitored by Arias and the appointed collaborators of each high school, the participating students will create an ethnographic short film from the concept to the post-production phase. The resulting short films will be screened on March 31 at the Museum of Galician People.


For another year, MICE will offer online sessions for educational institutions wishing to collaborate with the festival. From March 14 till the end of the school year, collaborating high schools will be able to access an online selection of ethnographic pieces curated among the films featured in previous editions of the festival. Collaborating centers are welcome to choose the films whose contents/duration better suit their students and schedule them at their convenience.



2020 I  27′ I Galicia

Santiago D. Risco 

Best Galician Film (MICE 2021)

The director’s family has inherited several lands, but nobody knows where most of them are. They are small and randomly distributed in the middle of a mountain area. The director and his father set off to find them. The borders they see on the maps are missing from the actual territory. Sometimes, they disappear. What they find is the scars of a dying society and their lifestyle.


2020 I 11’ I Galicia

Eloy Dominguez Serén

Galician Premiere (MICE 2021).

A film that takes the viewer on an intense journey through the traditional carnival festivities of certain areas of Ourense.

romis calis

2004 I 28’ I Cataluña

Carla Alonso

Film included in MICE 2005.

The girl and Marisol are two women who don’t know each other. A long encounter between them will prompt a conversation during which they analyze the situation of gypsy women in the early 21 st century.

o último de arganeo

2022 I 29′ I Galicia/León

David Vazquez

Best Galician Film (MICE 2022).

Edilberto Rodríguez, 23, used to be a regular university student, but he had always dreamed of becoming a shepherd like his late grandfather. One day, determined to follow his childhood dream, he left everything behind to return to Pombriego (Benuza, León), and every year, when the season comes, he takes his cattle up across the mountain. Edilberto is young, but he is a treasure chest of popular wisdom –an open book containing the traditions of his land, including the lost rituals of Pombriego’s Mardi Gras. The film portrays his love for animals, nature, tradition, and local dances.


A selection of films accessible online and specially curated to encourage kids and elders to enjoy the pleasure of cinema together and make it become a family routine.