Reel Borders studies how borders are imagined through film






Irene Gutierrez

PhD researcher


Irene Gutierrez is a PhD fellow and award-winning documentary filmmaker from Ceuta. She has previously worked as co-director of the MA in Documentary Film at the International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV), Cuba, when she studied documentary film before obtaining her MA in Spanish Film Studies. She is part of the research groups ECHO (VUB) and TECMERIN (University Carlos III of Madrid), where she works on themes of vernacular cinema and migrant self-representation through participatory video workshops. She has directed Border Diaries (2013), Hotel Nueva Isla (2014), Connected Walls (2015), Exile Diaries (2019) and Between Dog and Wolf (2020). Her films have been screened in film festivals as Berlinale and Rotterdam IFF and in art venues as MoMA and Lincoln Center. In the Reel Borders project, she will focus on vernacular border cinema. 







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Funded by the European Research Council.
Starting Grant #948278

The Reel Borders logo is designed by Joris Bochman