Referendum

On October 1st, 2017, Catalonia held a self-determination referendum, in which more than 2 million people participated and 90% of them voted for the independence of Catalonia.

During that day, the violence of the security forces of the Spanish state caused more than a thousand injured among citizens who always offered peaceful resistance in defense of democracy.

On October 27th, the Parliament of Catalonia voted in favor of proclaiming the Catalan Republic. The same day, though, the Spanish state applied the article 155 of the Spanish Constitution against Catalonia. From then Catalan people mobilized to take actions to defend the results of the Referendum.

“Not a step back” explains all that in a series of music videos, focused on a small Catalan village, Les Borges Blanques.

  • Hector Suñol
    Director
  • Hector Suñol
    Writer
  • Hector Suñol
    Producer
  • A Sound of Thunder
    Music
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    REFERENDUM
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    News, history, politics
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 27, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Spain
  • Country of Filming:
    Spain
  • Language:
    Catalan, English
  • Shooting Format:
    HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Premiere of Referendum
    Olympic Stadium of Barcelona
    Spain
    December 2, 2017
    Premiere in Catalonia
  • MMP's Online Film Festival
    Brussels
    Belgium
    December 17, 2017
    Belgium Premiere
    Nominated Best Documentary Short
  • Noida International Film Festival
    Noida
    India
    January 28, 2018
    Indian Premiere
    Best Music Video (Jury)
  • IndieFEST Film Awards
    San Diego
    United States
    February 5, 2018
    North American Premiere
    Award of Merit: Liberation / Social Justice / Protest
  • The Norwegian International Seagull Film Festival
    Haugesund
    Norway
    February 15, 2018
    Norway Premiere
    Official Selection Best Short
  • DOCfeed Documentaire Festival
    Eindhoven
    Netherlands
    February 22, 2018
    Netherlands Premiere
    Official Selection Best Short Doc
  • iPAS - Independent Political/Activism Short Film Festival
    Athens
    Greece
    April 16, 2018
    Greece Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Austrian Film Festival
    Viena
    Austria
    April 27, 2018
    Austrian Premiere
    Official Selection Best Short - Best Music Video
  • Cefalù Film Festival
    Palermo
    Italy
    May 1, 2018
    Italian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Short to the Point
    Bucharest
    Romania
    March 31, 2018
    Romania Premiere
  • Girona Film Festival
    Girona
    Spain
    September 28, 2018
    Catalan Premiere
    Official selection
Director Biography - Hector Suñol

Hector Suñol Bert; born in Lleida (Catalonia, Spain), 1970.
BA Bussinees Administration (Universitat de Lleida, 1993) and
MBA Audiovisual Communication (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya,2008).

Films:

1. Pantomima (2008)
• Second Prize in the category of Fiction in the V International Festival of Cusco (FENACO 2008).
• Best short film II Festival of Montornés de Segarra (2008). Spain.
• Best actor at the New York Short Film Festival (2008). USA.
• Special mention granted by the Jury at the Chicago Short Film Festival (2008). USA.

2. Danger (2010)
• Best Screenplay Paris Cinema Festival (2011). France.

3. Referendum (2017)

4. The Reapers (2017)

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Director Statement

A Sound of Thunder

When I found out that an American group had made a version of the Catalan anthem, The Reapers, I contacted them by mail. Josh, one of the band members, answered promptly. He was always very cooperative and I obtained his permission for the soundtrack.

Filming

On 1st October 2017, I recorded the electoral process in Les Borges, a small town in Catalonia for 14 hours, an example of many others. It was a day in which you were afraid of the Spanish security forces to arrive.

In addition, I was suffering because my wife was part of an electoral board and my two children were outside the polling place defending our right to vote.

Unfortunately, one of the voters that appears in the documentary died after a few days.