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Capcir, al cim dels Pirineus [Capcir, on the peak of Pyrenees]

Based on the project of the UNESCO Chair on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity The Last Catalan-Native Speakers in North Catalonia (French Catalonia) and their Verbal Culture (2015-2018)

A documentary of

Year: 2021

Film credits

Film production: Zeba Produccions
In col·laboration with: TV3
In partnership with: Càtedra UNESCO de Diversitat Lingüística i Cultural Barcelona de l’Institut d’Estudis Catalans, Direcció General de Política Lingüística and Institut Català de les Empreses Culturals de la Generalitat de Catalunya.

Direction: Eugeni Casanova
Script: Eugeni Casanova
Realization: Zeba Produccions
Production: Sergi Sala
Executive Production TVC: Jordi Ambròs
Managing direction TVC: Sílvia Pairó i Daniel Barea
Photography direction: Sergi Guix
Editing: Sergi Guix
Production direction: Sergi Sala
Music: (Llibreria)
Linguistic advising: Ignasi Oliver
Graphics: Zeba Produccions

SYNOPSIS: Capcir is the most elevated point of the inhabitat Pyrenees. It is the higher and more isolated of Catalan regions. the coldest one, the most depopulated and the one with more natural appeal. Snowed peaks, glacial lakes, yellowish pastures and red pines.

Also, Capcir is the highest cultuvated plain in Europe, situated at a 1,600 m. medium level. Grass and nothing much.

Life on its limits. Neighbouring people in Cerdanya and Conflent, who always considered Capcir as a world aside and distant, name it the Small Siberia. “Terres de solitud e de vasta feredat” (‘Lands of solitude and immense coldness’), according to an eighteenth century document.

Linguistically, Capcir is a singular world: culturally Catalan, but already on the Occitan slope of Pyrenees, where the old states of Navarra, France and Aragon converged, this land has been always a cultural crossroad. The region, dwelled by less than 1,500, presents a singular Catalan speech, hybrid of Catalan and Occitan, with sounds and words that are present nowhere else in the Catalan-speaking area.

The documentary gathers the witness of all those people who still preserve the particular subdialect of the region, all of them old men and women. All this gathering the vestige of the most traditional features preserved and the cuirrent life of Capcir people, the most unknown life of the Catalan regions.

Video at El Documental (TV3 video library): (4/11/2021)

Catalunya Nord, la llengua enyorada [North Catalonia, the missing Language]

Based on the project of the UNESCO Chair on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity The Last Catalan-Native Speakers in North Catalonia (French Catalonia) and their Verbal Culture (2015-2018)

Year: 2020

Film credits

Directors: Eugeni Casanova and David Valls
Executive Producers: Sergi Sala
TVC Executive Producer: Jordi Ambròs
Filming : Tània Ribas i Eduard Miguel
Editing: Eduard Miguel
Audio post-production: Grau Bardulet
Linguistic Advice: Ignasi Oliver
Cast: Georges Balaguer, Antoine Batlló, Miquel Batlló, Joan Daniel Bezsonoff, Enric Billes, Jean-Michel Blanc, Esteve Bonet, Mathilde Canal, François Cardeusi, Lucien Carrère, Bernat Casals, Azalaïs Codina, Ermengol Codina, Isidore Cros, Denis Escach, Yves Escape, Clémence Fabre, Françoise Fabre, Pierre Fabre, Gigi Figueres, Marcel Figueres, Jean-Paul Foxonet, Daniela Grau, Ilyes Jorio, Roger Majoral, Károly Morvay, Pere Mateu…

Synopsis: Documentary that travels across all the villages of North Catalonia looking for native Catalan speakers, that is, speakers who acquired the Catalan language at home naturally. From this research come a series of interviews in which  you can listen to people talking in Roussillon, Capcinès, Vallespirenc, Cerdà and Occitan-Catalan transitional speeches. You can appreciate these varieties of Catalan, as well as feel what life was like in North Catalonia explained by its protagonists.


FIC-CAT, Festival Internacional de Cinema en Català 2021 Award in the documentary category

Teaser trailer of the documentary Catalunya Nord, la llengua enyorada [North Catalonia, the missing Language], with the support of the UNESCO Chair on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity of the Institut d’Estudis Catalans


Musical sound Recording

Authors and performers: Camilo Ballena and Josefa Ballena

Produced by: Buenos Aires: Editorial Wichi Lhomet

Year: 2016

This is a book with ten illustrated Wichi songs and a CD with the same songs performed by a Wichi Musical Group “Las voces de sip’ohi”, made up by some teachers of the CIFMA and associated musicians.

This material form part of the Project “Talleres de producción colectiva de la EiB” of the CIFMA and the CONICET, coordinated by Camilo Ballena and Virginia Unamuno.

La dansa dels esperits [Dance of Ghosts]

Based on the work El sistema mèdic d’una societat africana: els evuzok del Camerun [The health system in an African society: the Evuzok of Cameroon] by Lluís Mallart (Biblioteca Càtedra UNESCO; 1), Ricardo Íscar directed an ethnographic documentary.

Video presentation (TV3 video library): (5/02/2011)

Film credits

Director: Ricardo Íscar
Script: Ricardo Íscar i Daria Esteva
Photography: Ricardo Íscar
Production: Daria Esteva i Pere Portabella
Executive Producer TVC: Jordi Ambròs
Anthropologist: Lluís Mallart

Produced by Únicamente Severo and Films 59 in cooperation with Televisió de Catalunya (TVC) and with the cooperation of Institut Català de les Indústries Culturals (Catalan Institute of Cultural Industries). The documentary is supported by the European Union MEDIA Programme.

2010 (Premiere in Barcelona, Verdi Park cinema, June 17  2010). A version of the documentary was shown as part of the programme ‘El documental’ on Canal 33, February 4 2011.

Rebroadcast on February 10 2011

Participation in sixteen national and international festivals in 2010, including:

—  39th International Film Festival Rotterdam (Rotterdam, Holland, from January 27 to February 7 2010)

—   13th Spanish Film Festival of Malaga (Malaga, Spain, April 17-24 2010)

—  12th Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema- BAFICI 2010 (Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 7- 8 2010)

—  2nd Beach Festival du Documentaire Les Rencontres u Film Documentaire de Kribi (Kribi, Cameroon, July 10- 17 2010)

—  24th Pämu International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival (Pämu, Estonia, July 11- 25 2010)

— 53rd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film – DOK Leipzig (Leipzig, Germany, October, 18-24 2010)

East Timor music and sounds


Produced by the Cultural Association AUDILAB with the cooperation of the ERTZ ARTE GUNEA Association and the suport of CAMSTL, Arte Moris from Timor and the UNESCO Chair (Institut d’Estudis Catalans).

Year of release: 2010