Film session "Ferrater Mora, the film philosopher".
On the occasion of the centenary of José Ferrater Mora, and in collaboration with the Filmoteca de Catalunya, with whom the Chair has signed a collaboration agreement to restore, conserve and disseminate the films filmed by Ferrater Mora, a film session was organised on 31 October 2012 in the Sala Laia of the Filmoteca de Catalunya, for two recently recovered films: The Shape of Things to Come (1968) and Carmina Varia (1969). The event was attended by Ramon Font and Josep-Maria Terricabras. It was also attended by Prof. Priscilla Cohn, from the Ferrater Mora Foundation.
During the session, it was highlighted that Ferrater, apart from being the most important Catalan philosopher of the 20th century, was also interested in cinema and, since 1969, he has shot around thirty films that complement and enrich his thought. Ramon Font recalled that the philosopher published a book-manifesto, which, paradoxically, was entitled Cinema without Philosophy. His films are closer to the experimental avant-garde than to conventional narrative but, seen now, they are valuable documents for understanding the relationship that the author had with his time.
The Shape of Things to Come (1969), one of his first essays filmed with an 8 mm camera, starts with everyday images to portray a world shaken by the Vietnam War and atomic explosions. Fascinated by the United States, where he lived in exile, Ferrater captured a world that was as close as it was strange, and in any case fascinating. This and other tapes of his work are deposited in the Filmoteca de Catalunya.