3 January 2019
The close bonds between the filmmaker Ángel Loza and the Rototom Sunsplash go far beyond the documentary Wake Up! What would you do to change the world?, shot by the director during our 2011 edition in Benicàssim. The Rototom Sunsplash is one that is built by, feeds off and is given life by a team, and Loza is without doubt a part of that team. With his energy, his courage and kindness, his eternal enthusiasm, by which we were drenched and from which we learned. Today we are in mourning. Our family says goodbye to one of their own, to a great friend. The director, who was born in Barcelona had close ties with Castellón from his childhood, died this Thursday in Madrid.
Winner of a Goya Award for Best Documentary Short Film in 2009 for ‘Héroes, no hacen falta alas para volar‘, with more than 30 accolades behind him, he is also the author of Wake Up! What would you do to change the world, released worldwide in 2017 in the Reggae University. The film, finalist in four festivals and selected in a dozen international film competitions, from Pakistan to Romania or Mexico, takes us to our 2011 edition to pose the question that gives shape to the title to different personalities related with the world of reggae. Ky-Mani Marley, Rita Marley, Stephen Marley, Leo Bassi, Vandana Shiva, Ziggy Marley, Shirin Ebadi, the director of Rototom Filippo Giunta and the public. Without forgetting the figure and the message of Bob Marley, they all launch a shared message about how to change the world. On how to wake up.
Precisely awakening consciences, but also hope and joy, is one of those gifts for which we will remember Ángel Loza. A self-made storyteller from those first looks thrown through his Super 8. Farewell friend. Happy journey.