Teruel Resists, Mas Blanco Persists
Despite being one of the most popular tourist destinations worldwide, beyond its cities and its sunny coastal regions, Spain has one of the emptiest countrysides in Europe, comparable to Northern Scandinavia.
The socio-economic events of the 20th century drove most of the population out of the Spanish rural areas, leaving entire hamlets empty and crumbling. One of these places is Mas Blanco in Southern Aragon, a small hamlet that saw all of its inhabitants flee. Now, Mas Blanco is experiencing a revival thanks to the activity of Recartografías, an association determined to not let rural Spain die. In this documentary we explore the complex causes of the rural flight, including war, poverty and institutional neglect, and what it is being done to reverse the situation.