The clay diaries

„A unique collaboration between two artists, cineaste and painter, united by the desire to dialogue with chance and play with the stories as if they were a ball that travels from one hand to another.“



Since more than twenty years, the artist Miquel Barceló lives over long periods in Africa. This is where he learned to paint between vermins, before the heat and the wind sign his work. In the very high scarps of Bandiagara, Barceló presents the performance THE DOUBLE STEPS together with the choreograph Josef Nadj.


  • Won Golden FIPA 2012, Music and Live event (Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming)
  • Nominated Goya awards 2012, Best documentary (Goya awards)


  • 52. Festival dei Popoli International Documentary Film Festival, Firenze 2011
  • Miradas Doc. International Film Festival, 2011
  • Festival de Lisboa and Estoril, 2011



  • 2015 The Next Skin
  • 2014 Dying Beyond Their Means
  • 2013 Perpetual Motion
  • 2011 Clay Diaries
  • 2011 The Double Steps
  • 2009 The Condemned
  • 2008 La luz azul (Blue light)
  • 2008 Rouch and me
  • 2006 The Legend of Time
  • 2002 Cravan vs Cravan


Miquel Barceló, Josef Nadj, Alain Mahe, Amon Pegnere Dolo, Amassagou Dolo, Wani Dolo, Adégne Ana Dolo, Ogobara Dolo, Moussa Konate, Cheick Sogoré, Philippe Varoutsikos, Pere Coll


Screenplay: Isaki Lacuesta & Isa Campo
Cinematography: Diego Dussuel
Editing: Domi Parra
Art direction: Sebastian Birchler
Music: Gerard Gil
Producers: Luiza Matienzo, Dan Wechsler
Production: Tusitala Producciones Cinematográficas S.L. (ES), Bord Cadre films (CH), Televisión Española (TVE) (ES)

Technical Data

Format: colour
Runtime: 60′
Released: 2011
Language: Dogon, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish


Original title: El cuaderno de barro