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    Searching for an anti-capitalist fugitive

    ACTIVISM: In her feature doc Robin Bank, director Anna Giralt Gris goes searching for Catalan activist Enric Duran, who lives in hiding after he «stole» almost 500 000 Euros to expose the banks’ unethical practices.

    Between 2005 and 2008, Catalan anti-capitalist activist Enric Duran took out loans from 39 different banks amounting to almost half a million Euros, never planning to repay the debts. Instead, he used the money to support various social projects and oppositional causes. (More specific details are usually not mentioned, presumably to protect the recipients.) For Duran, this was an act of civil disobedience to expose the banking system’s unethical practices, and also to inspire others to resist the ongoing spiral of economic growth, inequality, and unsustainability.

    After he had served two months pre-trial behind bars, Duran was released on bail in 2013. Facing several years of imprisonment in Spain, he then decided to flee the country and live underground – from where he supposedly plans to take further actions on a bigger scale.

    Anna Giralt Gris’ feature doc Robin Bank, which world premiered in the Newcomers competition at Thessaloniki Documentary Festival in March, tells the story of Duran, often called «the Robin Hood . . .

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