What happened on October 1st? An unprecedented look at the self-determination process from the director’s subjective point of view brings us to the forefront of the fight. Grass-roots activists, street protesters, Catalan leaders and spontaneous mobilizations are the testimonies of a cinematographic portrait depicting civil disobedience in Catalonia, where repression is fought with a smile.
Since 2010, the vast majority of Catalans had expressed their will to hold a referendum on self- determination. Regardless of whether they were going to vote “Yes” or “No”, the will to vote was shared by many. Faced with this situation, the Spanish government remained firm: it was illegal. A film which captures a historical perspective on not so distant events. In between the testimonies of front line politicians (Carles Puigdemont, Mireia Boya, Lluís Llach, Sergi López, Quim Arrufat and Jordi Cuixart) and many others, lots of them currently in preventive jail, exiled or tried, we attend the mobilizations that have taken place in Catalonia, not only on the self-determination process, but also during a past that we thought was over.
Alexandre Chartrand (Canada, 1977), after a few years working as an editor of documentary films, he directed his first documentary in 2016, Forbidden People, which takes us to the autumn of 2014, when the Catalan leader Artur Mas, leading the nationalist movement in Catalonia, began what would become a large-scale consultation to commit all citizens to express their requests in Madrid. Fascinated by Catalan culture, he has turned it into his favourite subject, dedicating his following documentary Avec un sourire, la revolution (2018) to the referendum for self-determination in Catalonia.
AWARDS AND FESTIVALS
- Festival cinéma du monde de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada, 2019
- Rendez-vous Québec cinema, Montréal, Canada, 2019
- Rencontres internationales du documentaires de Montréal, Canada, 2018 – Premi Magnus-Isacsson