Catalan Review

CATALAN TELEVISION DOCUMENTARIES AND THE WORKS OF DOLORS GENOVÈS: THE NEGOTIATION OF MEMORY IN DEMOCRATIC SPAIN

Catalan Review (2006), 20, (1), 117–131.

Abstract

This paper analyzes the ways in which recent Catalan television documentaries, particularly those directed by Dolors Genovés and the team of Montse Armengou and Ricard Belis for TV3, depict Spain’s traumatic past and participate in public debates about memory. I argue that Armengou and Belis’s documentaries attempt to construct a totalizing and coherent historical narrative while manipulating the spectators’ emotions in order to further political agendas that depict the debate as only two-sided. Genovès’s documentaries, on the other hand, effectively eschew Manichean discourse and distinguish themselves by illustrating a process through which history is constructed by the reappearance and recurrence of the traumatic event and the difficulty of comprehending it.

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Estrada, Isabel