Catalunya Barcelona is a 10-episode documentary series that chronicles the history of Barcelona, from the loss of its independence in 1714 to the constitutional crisis that reached the world stage in 2017. It was produced to fill a void. As much as everyone in the United States loves, or wishes to visit Barcelona, nobody in the United States really knows anything about the city, other than what can be gleaned from travel videos.
Catalunya Barcelona tells the story of the city through interviews with ordinary Catalan citizens, from every walk of life. Historians and lawyers. Doctors and drag queens. Students and architects. Artists and bankers. Journalists and politicians. More than 60 interviews were conducted during the course of production, and the series is filled with hundreds of never-before-seen archival photos and videos. Produced for the English-speaking audience, and bolstered by the narration of actor Jenny Beacraft, the city’s complex and turbulent past is illuminated through historical accounts and personal stories.
1. Tear Down the Wall (1714 - 1905)
2. La Rosa de Foc (1905 - 1931)
3. The 2nd Republic (1931 - 1936)
4. Civil War (1936 - 1939)
5. Dictadura (1939 - 1959)
6. Dictablanda (1960 - 1975)
7. The Transition (1975 - 1980)
8. Democracy (1981 - 1999)
The transition to democracy, by all accounts, was a success, and Spain is, once again, entering a period of democracy and political pluralism. However, the members of the former Franco regime were never removed from positions of power, and this episode opens with the staging of another military coup. Significant events include the rediscovery of the Catalan language, its ritual celebrations and festival calendar, the passage of the Law of Linguistic Normalization, the emergence of “Café Para Todos,” the terrorist bombing of the Hipercor shopping center, “Destape,” and preparations for the city’s hosting of the 1992 Summer Olympics. Introducing major figures Antonio Tejero and Pasqual Maragall, the episode concludes with Barcelona’s successful staging of the 1992 Summer Olympics, marking a new chapter for Barcelona, that leaves pride, opportunity, and, in many ways, a new city, in its wake.
9. A New Millennium (2000 - 2016)
Owing to the success of the 1992 Summer Olympics, Barcelona has reached the world stage. Gains in tourism, industry, and building construction, are keying unprecedented prosperity for the region, yet the city remains a hotbed of political activity, amid a brewing desire to exert more control over its social and political future. Significant events include the collapse of the liberal socialist government and rise of the conservative People’s Party, the Take the Square youth movement, La Diada, the Gag Law’s passage, the collapse of the brick economy, the rejection of a revised Statute of Catalan Autonomy, and the holding of a Catalan Self-Determination Referendum. Introducing major figures Mariano Rajoy, Ada Colau, Artur Mas, and Carles Puigdemont, the episode concludes with the nomination of a new President of the Catalan region, and his pledge to hold a referendum on independence from Spain by the end of 2017.
Owing to a corruption scandal, president of Catalunya, Artur Mas, has been ousted, replaced by Carles Puigdemont. He’s made his mission clear from the moment of taking office, and in spite of persistent saber-rattling from the central government, the independence movement proceeds, undaunted, towards its referendum on independence. Significant events include the terrorist attack on August 17th, Operation Anubis, the October 1st referendum, the suspension of Catalan autonomy, and arrests of government and social organization leaders. Introducing major figures, King Felip VI, Oriol Junqueras and Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, this episode, and the entire Catalunya Barcelona series, concludes with uncertainty and hope. Barcelona remains an esteemed tourist hotspot, yet the pro-independence majority in the Catalan Parliament promises it will continue fighting for Catalan statehood. The central government, in Madrid, insists that it will never happen. And in Barcelona, fears of a return to Francoism, and the loss of identity, remain.
Teasers. Trailers. Promos.
Over the course of production we interviewed more than 50 people, accumulating nearly 100 hours of content! Since we tried to limit ourselves to 10 episodes, much was, regrettably, left on the cutting-room floor. As a result, numerous trailers, teasers, and interview segments are now online and available to watch.