“Telling people that they have to work in order to understand is quite unpleasant; but people do have to work to understand. ”
“No one can declare themselves opposed to democracy, to stability or to the future, but we all know that these four words play in opposite directions in the political struggle.”
“When you use the other side’s language, you’re shooting yourself in the foot.”
“People do not think in terms of left or right. They think in terms of issues to be addressed, in a manner that’s coherent and convincing.”
“Linguists should disclose how political language is often used to hide negative realities for citizens.”
“It is a great mistake to think that things exist and humans give names to them: through the name we give to things we build one reality or another.”
Reality changes according to the words we use to describe it. THE BRAVE CLASS is a social experiment that investigates the importance of language in the way we understand the world.
The documentary includes analysis from more than 20 experts such as Owen Jones, George Lakoff, Íñigo Errejón, Christian Salmon and Iñaki Gabilondo, along with other leaders in the fields of political communication and information.
VÍCTOR ALONSO BERBEL
He has been selected in more than forty international festivals for his first short documentary “Fist & Steel”. He’s currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
What’s the impact of language in the way we understand the world? The Brave Class is the answer of three college students from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona to this question. Borja, Jan and I had always enjoyed discussing politics until late at night, but at one point we decided that exploring this issue through film was the best way to contrast theory with reality, while sharing the debate with the audience.
Our initial question soon became a statement: Yes, language completely alters the way we understand reality. Moreover, studying this process has led politicians and the media to develop strategies and techniques that are constantly applied, yet completely unknown by most citizens. Our first intention became a political stance: democratizing the tools of political language is a necessary step in the evolution toward a more equal, mature and empowered society.
Analyzing language also required paying careful attention to our own cinematic choices while shooting a documentary. Much like words, shots can’t be neutral: they imply conceptual frameworks, connections, statements. The Brave Class attempts to use transparent narrative devices, and claims that oral speech is one of the most powerful tools to create meaning. Our documentary listens carefully to a wide range of voices, and the contrast between their approaches and strategies generates a collective answer to our questions.
The Brave Class is, after all, proof of the way we understand films, and through films we understand the world. It’s a documentary that doesn’t shy away from its condition of political gesture, and humbly tries to transform the portrait of a process into the first step of a bigger transformation. After all, our job here is done: it’s the audience that will decide the result of the experiment.
Compacto is the production company know for “The long way home” (2015), winner of the Gaudí Award for best feature film, “Metamorphosis” (2016) and “All the Ways of God” (2016). In addition to producing these titles, Compacto also distributes the documentary film “Loba” (2015) about natural childbirth, and the multi-award-winning documentary “Merci Patron” with more than half a million viewers in France. “I am the People “(2015) about the rising of Arab Spring.
Fractal 7 is an independent audiovisual production company that develops socially committed projects. Its activity began in 2014 with the short documentary “Fist & Steel”, which was selected and awarded in many national and international festivals. “L for Liberty” and “Refugees: Barcelona – Beirut”, in production, are other short films that address social problems. “The Brave Class” is the first feature film of the young producers.
ARITZ CIRBIÁN CASADO
Awarded as MEDIA Emerging Producer and British Council’s Young Creative Entrepreneur , he graduated from prestigious ESCAC. He has produced films like “All the ways of God” or the winner of the Gaudí Award for Best Film “The Long Way Home”.
BORJA BARRERA ALLUÉ
He graduated in Audiovisual Communication having participated in a program of Screenwriting, Directing and Distribution at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has directed the short documentary “Teaching Sound”.
After graduating from Pompeu Fabra University with a stay at the University of Cinema of Buenos Aires, he has participated in the screenplay and production of films by many young filmmakers.
AWARDS & FESTIVALS
CATALAN FILM ACADEMY (GAUDI AWARD) Nominee: Best Documentary Film (2017)
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Latitud – DocsBarcelona (2017)
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Som Cinema (2017)
OFFICIAL SELECTION – MUCES Muestra de Cine Europeo Ciudad de Segovia (2017)
BEST INDIE MOVIE Award – Abycine (Work in Progress, 2016)
DIRECTOR VÍCTOR ALONSO BERBEL · WRITERS VÍCTOR ALONSO BERBEL, BORJA BARRERA ALLUÉ, JAN MATHEU MONTSERRAT PRODUCERS ARITZ CIRBIÁN, BORJA BARRERA ALLUÉ, JAN MATHEU MONTSERRAT · UPF DELEGATE PRODUCERS JORDI BALLÓ, AITOR MARTOS · EDITING VÍCTOR ALONSO BERBEL, BORJA BARRERA ALLUÉ, MARTA FORNÉ AGUIRRE, JAN MATHEU MONTSERRAT · SOUNDTRACK ORIGINAL BERNAT SÀNCHEZ · DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY ALBA BOSCH, LAURA CARRILLO, MARCEL PASCUAL · PRODUCTION DESIGN MARINA PÉREZ, JÚLIA LATORRE · SOUND DESIGN VÍCTOR TORT, ADRIÀ RAMBÁN, IBÁN RODRÍGUEZ · CAST TXEMA ESCORSA, ADRIÀ OLAY, MERITXELL TERMES
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