The documentary Economia col·lectiva. L’última revolució d’Europa (Catalunya, 2014) takes an in depth look into a little-known. recent historical event: the seizure and collective management of 80% of industry and services in Catalunya between 1936 and 39. It is one of the most radical grass roots socio-economic transformations of the 20th Century. It’s Europe’s last revolution.
Synopsis Catalunya, July 1936. General Francico Franco’s rising fails. The revolution, the hope of the dispossessed, explodes. The workers, mainly anarcho-syndicalists, take over the running and management of between 70 and 80% of the industries and services in the country. They organize horizontally and create a social welfare system, making possible one of the most radical grass roots socio-economic transformations of the 20th Century. It’s Europe’s last revolution.
Why are we interested in this historical episode (2012)? 1) Because it tells the story of a unique event in the world that has been hidden by power. 2) Because some of its protagonists are still alive (2012). 3) Because it should be a point of reference for anyone committed to social change. 4) Because without an awareness of these events it is impossible to understand the last 75 years of our history.
The start of the project We began working on it in June 2012 when we met a witness who had participated in the collectivisations. From this point we decided that it was worth documenting his experiences and interviewing other people who had lived through these events as well as experts in economics and history such as Antoni Castells i Duran.
Where can I see it? At the moment you can see it in DVD or at Filmin..