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Imaginar un País.
El Congrés de Cultura Catalana

Producer and co-director: Marta Rovira
Executive producer: Guillem Carol
Co-director and scriptwriter: Lluís Reales
Scriptwriter: Joan Safont
Executive producer: Clara Vallvé

Year: 2017

This documentary sets out to explain how the Congress of Catalan Culture laid the groundwork for recovery of the language, culture and institutions of the Catalan Countries, in an unprecedented citizen-participation process, from 1975 to 1977. Everything we dreamt of as a people was laid out at the Congress in speeches and resolutions.

From civil society in the Catalan Countries, thousands of people mobilised to discuss what shape the country should take within the new democratic framework. Top-notch intellectuals and artists were deeply involved in the process: Joan Miró, Antoni Tàpies, Joan Fuster, Jaume Fuster, Jordi Rubió, Francesc de Borja Moll, Joan F. Mira, Maria Aurèlia Capmany, Max Cahner, Montserrat Roig, Muriel Casals, Isabel-Clara Simó, Maria Antònia Oliver and more.

The debates took place all over the Catalan-speaking territories, focusing on 25 topics (economy, theatre, healthcare structure, educational structure, architecture and design, language, etc.). There were 5 campaigns that travelled around the Catalan Countries in favour of Catalan as the official language and Catalan on the streets, preserving natural heritage, supporting local institutions, supporting traditional popular culture, and changing street names.

The Congress, therefore, was the national rebirth of the Catalan Countries. 40 years later, this has to be explained to the generations that didn’t live through the transition, above all taking into account the similarities between that time and what is happening now. There are some lessons to be learned from the Congress, but most of all it shows us the power of Catalan civil society.

The documentary combines images of the Congress and interviews with figures from politics, culture and academia in the Catalan Countries who played a noteworthy role in the Congress.

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