Autobahn duo, Pedro and James, have directed a short documentary about the centuries-old Catalan tradition of human towers and the people that make them. ‘Castells’ is the result of 6 months of research, during which the duo visited various towns in the region, befriending and interviewing the characters from the Castells teams (collas). Pedro and James quickly realised that Castells are a collective endeavour in which everyone from the community can take part, leading them to build a multi character film, exploring the role of the different people and how such activity impacts those involved and the society around them. The result is a gripping portrayal of the tradition: “We felt it somehow carries a metaphor for society itself, almost as if it was a model for interaction, cooperation and societal development in success and in failure. We connected to that and we were emotionally hit by the sheer beauty of the towers themselves.”
The film has been awarded a Vimeo Staff Pick and was also featured on Its Nice That (see below).
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