Brigadistas - Return to Spain - A film by Daniel Burkholz.
70 years after the beginning of the Spanish Civil War the last still living international volunteers, who fought for freedom and democracy and against General Franco and fascism, return to Spain. The Brigadistas, 36 men and women – the youngest 86, the eldest 99 years old – set out on a journey that leads them from Madrid to Barcelona and all over Spain. A country that still celebrates them enthusiastically, even after such a long time. This is the last journey for many of them and the Brigadistas know it. They report their experiences and want to pass on their ideas and ideals. BRIGADISTAS is an intensive portrait of these people, the film paints a picture in which enthusiasm and pensiveness find their room. vimeo.com/132697027
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Original with english subtitles, Duration 46 Minutes, Ratio: 16 : 9, Germany 2007
In opposite to Oliver Stone´s film “Comandante” he leads the camera gentle, as if he had to adapt to his interview-partners movements. Because he is always very close to his protagonists with his camera, he strengthens the impression for the viewers that they are standing directly nearby. He underpins this naturalness by preferring subtitles instead of a synchronization for the interviews.
Ingo Niebel, 14th of July in Junge Welt
BRIGADISTAS is an important contribution to the European culture of memories.Prof. Dr. Ignacio Sotelo, Freie Universität Berlin (Free University Berlin)
Burkholz and his co-writer Heike Geisweid renounce to use the typical historical black-white footage. They let the story be told by the Brigadistas themselves … the Brigadistas will leave us – but Burkholz´ film will remain. By doing so, he put up a monument for these people.
Franz Lindenthal, 13th of July in Neue Rheinische Zeitung
From Madrid over Zaragoza to Barcelona the camera of the German changes into the inseparable companion of this group of fighters. They see the camera as kind of an ally and by doing so, they create a strong connection with the viewer.
Itziar Reyero, 18th of January 2008 in El Pais
Genesis of Brigadistas
The idea to make BRIGADISTAS was born during a subway-ride through Berlin in July 2006. Just by chance, I read in a newspaper about the plan of the last Brigadistas to return to Spain for a last time, 70 years after the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. After some more research and thinking about this, I quickly decided to make this film. This was a unique chance. We got in contact with the veteran of the Soanish Civil War and Auschwitz survivor, Kurt Julius Goldstein and Mr. Goldstein agreed that we accompany him.Only three months later, we went to Spain.