1939-1975 La España de Franco en color

1939-1975 Franco’s Spain in Colour is a feature-length documentary that starts when the Spanish civil war ends.  After the victory of the insurgents in the Civil War, Franco becomes the Caudillo (Great Leader) of Spain. The army, the church and the Falange are the three pillars of his dictatorship.  In the first few years, every trace of republicanism is erased and anyone designated as an enemy of the fatherland is punished, silenced or executed. Franco aligns his regime with Hitler and Mussolini, but when World War II begins to go the Allies’ way, Franco is forced to distance himself from fascism. NO-DO, the regime’s official newsreel provider, is responsible for projecting an idealized image of Spain that masks reality: the country is isolated, backward and impoverished. The Cold War provides Franco with a lifeline for survival in the new world order. His ultra-religious and anti-Communist regime finds the Vatican and the United States as its international backers.  The sixties are the highpoint of Franco’s regime.  Economic development, the boom in tourism and the exodus from the countryside to industrial areas transform the country. Workers’ and students’ movements and political dissidence are also on the rise, but the regime represses them harshly. The assassination of Carrero Blanco in 1973 is the beginning of the end for Francoism. El Caudillo dies on 20 November 1975, aged 82, but the shadow of his dictatorship is cast well into the future.

All this is shown in the documentary, and in a way never seen until now; in colour. We have been able to access the documentary collections preserved in the Spanish National Film Library, the most important of which is the NO-DO collection. As well as the NO-DO newsreels, other collections at the Spanish National Film Library were used, such as the Historical Archive, the Black and White Documentary Archive, the Colour Documentary Archive and News Image Archive.

The documentation team searched and found footage in many other film archives such as the Basque Film Library, the Film Library of Catalonia, REUTERS, NARA, the NATO Archives and British Pathé. A laborious search was also carried out for photographs, press cuttings and documents from media outlets and agencies such as EFE, ABC, ALBUM, La Vanguardia, the Administration General Archive or the Salamanca Archive, and the Fundación 1 de mayo.

This documentary picks up where the feature-length documentary Spain in Two Trenches, the Civil War in Colour left off, and shows our clear commitment to producing feature-length historical documentaries so that the past does not fall into oblivion, as well as our commitment to producing these documentaries in colour.


La Sagi, una pionera del Barça

Anna Maria Martínez Sagi was, in 1934, the first woman to sit on the board of directors at FC Barcelona. At 27 years old she was the embodiment of an independent and modern woman.  She was a sportswoman, a poet and a journalist.  Her feminist and Republican politics led her to fight many battles and live in exile.

La Sagi, una pionera del Barça (La Sagi, a Female Pioneer at Barça) rescues the memory of this extraordinary woman from oblivion.  Born into a bourgeois family already well connected with Barça from the early days, Anna Maria Martínez Sagi saw her chance during the exceptional time of the Second Republic to challenge convention and fight for independence for all and, by extension, her for herself.

In this documentary the actor Anna Sahun plays the part of Anna Maria Martínez Sagi. On a quest to get into the part, Anna retraces her steps and seeks out people who knew her and scholars of her work in order to find out who she really was.  It is a format combining documentary and fiction to help us approach a pioneering woman in her time.
FC Barcelona revives her memory with the docu-fiction La Sagi, a Female Pioneer at Barça, coproduced by Televisió de Catalunya and Minoria Absoluta.


La gent de l’escala

La gent de l’escala (Those People on the Steps) is a first-person account from some of the people who defended the Pau Claris high school in Barcelona on 1 October 2017. It is a documentary that puts faces to some of the protagonists of a video that went viral in a very short time: that of an officer of the Spanish National Police force jumping down a flight of stairs and kicking a citizen.

We have all seen videos of the police intervention that day at different schools. But La gent de l’escala is the first time that people who were at a polling station, the Pau Claris high school, tell how they lived those events, minute by minute; from when they got up in the morning until when the police entered the school and took away the ballot boxes, as well as subsequent events.

La gent de l’escala is a narratively fast-paced and emotionally intense story. For a little over an hour we get to know a group of people who, having never met each other before, developed a very strong bond. A bond that is summed up in one image: that of them sitting on the steps waiting for the police to arrive.

23 testimonies from people of all ages, social classes, and ideologies; people from the same neighbourhood who were there at the time provide an account that goes beyond any political divides to appeal to us as viewers. We will see how Maria and Pau, mother and son, experienced those moments, how they arrived at the school together and ended the day at the hospital filing a report for assault. We will also hear the point of view of a group of Basques and Majorcans who were in the polling station and who were key to the defence of the ballot boxes; we will see the reaction of María José, a combative grandmother who ended up throwing the police out of the polling station; the experience of Raquel, who went weeks without eating or sleeping; and the testimony of Marta, who, after being dragged down the stairs by two policemen and ending up with her fingers immobilized, was branded the “great liar of 1 October”.

Did the people on the stairs manage to vote? Do they believe society has been split? Where are they now in their lives? How do they explain the police violence a year later? Have they got over everything that happened to them? And, above all; would they sit on the stairs of the Pau Claris school again, knowing they would be assaulted?

23 people reported having suffered injuries during the police intervention at the Pau Claris school. At the beginning of September the examining magistrate number 7 in Barcelona started an investigation into three officers from the National Police for their conduct at the polling station. The judge considers their actions “disproportionate and dangerous”. The National Police officers who took part in the Pau Claris operation have refused to participate in this documentary.

Megaestructuras: Sagrada Familia

Megastructures: The Sagrada Familia. How is a stone cathedral constructed in the twenty-first century?

When it is finished, the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona will be the tallest church in the world.  The first stone was laid 136 years ago but there is still more than a third of it to be built. No other building has been under construction for so long.  A new technological breakthrough has speeded up construction by a factor of ten and the site now has a new goal: to finish in 2026 to coincide with the centenary of the death of Gaudí.  Currently the six central towers are steadily rising.  Will it be finished on time?

Looking at the processes used today in the continuation of its construction, Megastructures: The Sagrada Familia reveals the challenge of building a stone cathedral in the 21st century in the middle of the urban environment that is central Barcelona, with the added difficulty of hundreds of daily visitors who come to admire Antoni Gaudí’s posthumous work.

This documentary, produced by Minoria Absoluta for National Geographic, will be screened in autumn 2018 in Spain and around the world on National Geographic’s network of channels in 172 countries and 43 languages.

Un vasco en Polonia

The actor Gorka Otxoa goes to Catalonia to get the low-down on the latest events brought about by the characters from the programme Polònia. Humour and journalistic rigour help understand the key points of the Catalan elections on 21 December. Gorka Otxoa goes on a tour of various parts of Barcelona as well as the Polònia studio, interspersing sketches with interviews with journalists who give their viewpoints on the current situation in Catalonia: Mónica TerribasCarles Francino, Neus Tomás, Enric Juliana and Glòria Serra.

Un vasco en Polonia (A Basque in Poland) is produced by Minoria Absoluta for ETB2.

Patria(s) Catalunya, manual d’instruccions

In Patria(s) Catalunya, manual de instrucciones, Queco Novell, journalist and actor, who plays Carles Puigdemont and Mariano Rajoy in the TV3 programme Polònia, takes the pulse of the current political situation in Catalonia with help from Jordi Évole, Antoni Bassas, Jordi Basté, Artur Mas, Ada Colau, David Fernandez, Miquel Iceta, Jordi Turull, Pilar Rahola, Xavier Sardá, Carlos Carrizosa and Enric Millo, as well as various anonymous people who have lived various political events in the first person.

A current affairs documentary that aids understanding of what is happening in Catalonia.

Patria(s) Catalunya, manual de instrucciones is a production by Minoria AbsolutaETB – Euskal telebista and betevé – Televisió de Barcelona.

Com hem canviat

In 1992 Televisió de Catalunya produced the documentary Un any a pagès which followed the life of the Carreras, a family of country people living in the Vall d’en Bas, for an entire year, and which was shown on TV3’s programme 30 minuts. Now, 25 years later, a TV crew goes back to visit the same family and find out what has happened to them in the intervening years.  Com hem canviat shows the major changes undergone by the family members over the last quarter of a century.

Com hem canviat will be broadcast by TV3 as part of the programme Sense ficció in autumn 2017.

Com hem canviat

In 1992 Televisió de Catalunya produced the documentary Un any a pagès which followed the life of the Carreras, a family of country people living in the Vall d’en Bas, for an entire year, and which was shown on TV3’s programme 30 minuts. Now, 25 years later, a TV crew goes back to visit the same family and find out what has happened to them in the intervening years.  Com hem canviat shows the major changes undergone by the family members over the last quarter of a century.


La Víctor

La Víctor is a docufiction produced by Minoria Absoluta and TVC-Televisió de Catalunya. The actor Míriam Iscla is asked to play the part of Víctor Català, about whom she only knows that she was a woman and a writer. To get information to help her flesh out the character, she sets off on a journey that will see her interviewing the people who best know the thought and work of the writer from the Empordà region of Catalonia.

In this way the documentary will reconstruct the enigmatic character of a woman, Caterina Albert, who had to hide behind a man’s name, Víctor Català. She was a pioneer who, perhaps without realising it, forged a path for all women wanting to follow a career.

España en dos trincheras, la guerra civil en color

From footage created for the documentary series España dividida, la Guerra civil en color – broadcast by Dmax – Minoria Absoluta has produced a feature film titled España en dos trincheras, la Guerra civil en color, which will be screened at various cinemas in Spain from 28 October.  Before its release there will be a preview at the Doré cinema in Madrid on 25 October and another at the Verdi cinema in Barcelona on Wednesday 26 October.

España en dos trincheras, la Guerra Civil en color is a feature-length documentary in which, for the first time in Spain, original archive material from the Spanish Civil War has been digitalised to 4K and coloured to create a unique work that shows the Civil War as never before: in colour.

A team of over 50 people worked for a year and a half under the direction of Francesc Escribano and Luis Carrizo to produce an audiovisual work that narrates in an objective way one of the darkest periods of contemporary Spanish history.

The film was made possible by a laborious process of selection, digitalisation and colourising of the more than 450 films surviving from the Spanish Civil War.

Generació D

Marc wanted to be a mathematician but ended up studying telecommunications and starting his own company.  Anna wanted her life to be totally different from her parents’; Carlos, on the other hand, has always wanted to be like his parents.  Dani had it very clear that he wanted an electric guitar. Neus had very particular views on the subject of love and relationships, while Cristina has travelled widely to finally find her place in the world.   Israel was born into a family with very traditional views and had an emotionally complicated adolescence, while Xavier left the town of Tremp as soon as he could to become a professional photographer.  What this group of young people have in common is that they were all born in the last few months of Franco’s dictatorship.  They are part of Generation D, the first generation to have grown up during democracy. They first appeared on television in 1989, when they were between 15 and 17 years old. After that first contact, several TV3 teams have been tracking their progress.  They are part of a unique generation, and it is interesting to find out how they lead their lives and their views on life, and especially how their views change over time.  They have been interviewed every seven years:  first as teenagers, then as twenty-somethings, later in their thirties and now as they are approaching their forties.  Have they changed much? Is their outlook on life very different from what it was when they were adolescents? Do they still know what they want to do when they are grown up? Do they know themselves ?

Suñol, un crit valent

Suñol, un crit valent is a documentary produced by F.C. Barcelona and made by Minoria Absoluta.  It tells the story of Josep Suñol, who was president of Barça for little over a year but had a great effect on the club. This Catalan industrialist, owner of a sugar business and catalanista politician in the 1920’s and 30’s transformed Barça from a simple sports club to an institution playing a central role in Catalan life.