The Writer from a Country without Bookstores






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The Writer from a Country without Bookstores.

Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel is the most translated writer from Equatorial Guinea but he had to flee the country in 2011, after going on a hunger strike against Teodoro Obiang’s dictatorship, the longest lasting in the world. Since then, he lives as a refugee in Spain, the former colonial power, where his work is largely ignored. He feels he has to travel back to his country despite of the risks, as he is one of the most prominent intellectuals against the regime. With him and his books we embark on a journey to one of the most isolated African countries.


Co-director of the award-winning documentary Tchindas (2015), nominated at African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) and broadcasted at PBS (US), he also directed Double Epidemic (2015) and Freshwater Fish (in Saltwater) (2018).
As a writer, he published three books that were also translated into Chinese and Korean.


  • Title
    The Writer from a Country without Bookstores
  • Rights
    Festivals, Sales
  • Country
  • Year
  • Length
    79′, col.

  • Director 
    Marc Serena
  • Screenplay 
    Marc Serena
  • Editing
    Emanuele Tiziani
  • Photography
    Josep Gutiérrez

  • Animations and graphic identity
    Taller Estampa
  • Music
    Concha Buika, Pau de Nut,
    Jamin & Negro Bey
  • Sound
    Verònica Font
  • Cast
    Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel

  • Producer
    Marc Serena, Toni Espinosa (co-producer)

  • Dox in Vitro Piešťany 2018 (Work in Progress)
  • Frontlab Aosta 2018 (Work in Progress)
  • Setubal 2019 (Work in Progress)
  • Bolivialab La Paz 2019 (Work in Progress)
  • Seminci Valladolid 2019 – Spanish Doc Competition

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