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19th March 2012 

The Chief Minister, the Hon Fabian Picardo and his wife Justine were invited to San Roque on the 27th December 2011 to view the film "La Roca".

La Roca is a documentary film featuring the historic events of Gibraltar and the Campo Area leading up to the Spanish Blockade of the Rock in 1969.

Director Raul Santos, who hails from Algeciras, was inspired to make the film from his personal knowledge of the dramatic story of families on both sides of the frontier being torn apart by General Franco's decision to escalate the claim to Gibraltar by the closure of the frontier. The film covers the real life events that occurred and carries interviews with people whose lives were actually affected.

Mr Picardo and his wife were received by the Mayor of San Roque Juan Carlos Ruiz Boix and Director Raul Santos and viewed the film with La Linea Mayoress Gemma Araujo, among other guests and a full audience of Gibraltarians and Campo residents. The film has been widely acclaimed and is nominated for the 2012 Andalusian Cinema Awards.

Gibraltarians, Tito Vallejo, Mariecarmen Reeve and Mr & Mrs Aurelio Rodriguez gave an excellent account of the Gibraltar side of the story.

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