From the fortuitous encounter of some ruins next to a train track, we discover one of the dark episodes of Spain's past: the forced labor system implemented during the Franco dictatorship.

  • Alberto Pascual
  • Alberto Pascual
  • Alberto Pascual Rodriguez
  • Carlos Hernandez
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  • Alicia Quintero MAqua
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  • Anna Miñarro
    Key Cast
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    1 hour 7 minutes 33 seconds
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    September 1, 2021
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    125,000 EUR
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Director Biography - Alberto Pascual

Alberto Pascual Rodríguez. Donostia, 1959. Director and Producer.
I started in the audiovisual industry in 1985 as an apprentice, I have become an officer and when I grow up I want to become a master.
I feel especially committed to the dissemination of stories that amplify transformative messages and enhance values that help us to move through these times with greater awareness.

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Director Statement

The present of our society is structured under great deficiencies in the knowledge of our recent history. Triumphant narratives define coexistence, while other narratives remain in the shadows, distorting the mirror in which we look at ourselves. Silence and oblivion endure today. Does distorted memory interfere with who we are?
Above all, ESTOS MUROS is a place of virtual memory, a tribute to the more than 2,000 prisoners who passed through the Soto del Real Penal Detachment, formerly Chozas de la Sierra, which in turn are part of the more than 6,000 who passed through the works of the train line.

The documentary is led by a voice-over that narrates the discoveries that the director himself makes during his investigation and the impact and perplexity they produce on him.
In parallel, we listen to the testimonies of different experts who draw the context of what happened there, providing data and discovering layers of history.
It is also worth mentioning the presence of unpublished archive material that reveals to us through black and white photographs, documents and magazines of the time the hard times lived in the construction of that bridge.