An Albert Solé documentary film to advance the cause of federalism in public debate
A tool to explain the ideas of federalism in a period of radicalization, disorientation and relative absence of constructive projects. A contribution to rationality, common sense, agreement and trust in front of the increasing success of nationalism and xenophobia
The past, the present and the future of a proposal that seeks to reconcile autonomy with integration among societies marked by the presence of multiple identities. We will look at the state of the issue guided by internationally-known thinkers and political leaders such as Jean Chrétien, Joschka Fischer, Daniel Cohn-Bendit o Emma Bonino, but also through the experiences of anonymous citizens: what we know, where it comes from, what are its possibilities in a world ever more globalized. Federalism explained from the inside.
The documentary will also propose a look at federal experiences and traditions, the successes and failures of this model.
FEDERAL will be directed by Albert Solé. His first documentary film for exhibition in movie theaters, “Bucarest, the lost memory” (2007) was awarded with the Goya Award (Spain’s main national annual film award) and Gaudí prizes to the best documentary and many other awards. Before that, Albert Solé (Bucarest, 1962) had worked as a TV reporter specialized in social and International affairs in públic networks TVE (Spain) and TV3 (Catalonia). In 2000 he began directing documentaries for Spanish and International broadcasters and institutions. He is also the autor of ‘The final escape’ and ‘Frozen memories’, among other films. His work has been shown and has received awards in festivals all over the world.
About Minimal Films, the production company
Minimal Films is an independent production company created in 2008 in Barcelona, which specializes in movie documentaries. In addition to various film documentaries such “Bucharest, Memory Lost”, “The final escape” or the most recent ones “Frozen memories” and “Gabor”, it has produced documentaries for various public TV channels like TV3, TVE and ARTE, in addition to corporate documentaries for large companies. It has also produced a number of documentary TV series like “Linguarium” (TVE), the features “Sonic Lives,” “Metropolitan” (TV3) and a documentary series of 6 episodes over Antarctica in coproduction with Chile, “Terra Incognita”. Minimal Films’ work has been awarded some of the most prestigious prizes like the Goya and the Gaudí.
About Federalistes d’Esquerres, Co-producers
Led by Joan Botella, Professor of Political Science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Federalistes d’Esquerres defends amending the Constitution to allow the development of a federal system based on the principles of cooperation, institutional loyalty and solidarity among the different peoples of Spain. And to regenerate the political and institutional model, making it more democratic, and participatory, respectful of self-government of the parts and of a pluri-national Spain. Finally, the Federalistes d’Esquerres favors building a federal Europe without borders, one that is more just and democratic.
In order to achieve these ends, the group promotes activities, and prepares budgets to promote the values of federalism and democracy. It works with a network of federalist groups inside Catalonia and abroad, and participates actively in discussions about federalism in the media and different civil society groups.
Carlos Jiménez Villarejo