I am interested in telling the story of this group of idealists and their vision to build a world on their own terms, and to navigate life’s adventure motivated by their dreams, all while facing a practical world and the rules that govern it.

 

This group of both sane and crazy people dared to question reality, and to live with the certainty that nothing is fixed in stone or permanent.

 

I asked myself, and them, if it makes sense to bet on intuition, passion, and a collective utopia? Can we let ourselves be carried away by and live according to our idealism, or do we have to settle for pragmatism?  Choosing the former implies taking a difficult and uncertain path. But being faithful to visceral truths and to dreams, and challenging common sense offers an invaluable reward. Who are we if we don’t write our own history? What does it mean to live if we ignore our convictions, our principals, and our true passions?

 

There are no errors, or mistakes. There is no winning, as everything is winning when you live in the moment, and when you try new things; when you throw yourself at life and test its limits, open to the possibility of a collective existence. Everything is winning when you live according the maxim of trusting others, of sharing, of allowing yourself to change and to innovate, and of living in a permanent state of revolution within yourself and with others.  The poet A. Machado said it best: walking their is no path, the path is made by walking. I invite you to watch, to share, and to enjoy this movie; this fruit of love, perseverance, and craziness that is The Marching Quixotes.

 

This movie is not docu-exposition. It is not educational or didactic; it is not a “Grimsonean-style” documentary that tries to invoke the voice of God to explain the process of history over time. On the contrary: it asks questions as it accompanies some of its protagonists from Catalunia, along their journey of commitment, doubt, conflict, effort and change.

 

In that sense, it is a particularly human and poetic documentary. I hope that it has the virtue of helping those that haven’t “gotten up off the couch,” —and who share a more cynical perspective— to understand this movement, and to de-stigmatize those the media has portrayed as “perroflautas,” or hippies.

 

The protagonists are more or less anonymous citizens that crossed my path, and that helped me to see their transformation as a product of their awaking as political beings.  They are people that took to the streets with purpose, curiosity, and activism, and whose actions have a had a profound impact on their lives - lives that will never be the same.

 

A movie can’t cover all of the thousands of protagonists that compose the collective history of a country; this is simply a cross-section composed of a small group of people.  But by placing the microscope on this particular group of people, I am trying to share a universal, human history that is localized in Catalunia. I am observing how the transformation of the movie’s protagonists make this something other than a journalistic project – instead it tries to describe the process of forging a path, in practical terms, towards a more participative democracy, with all of its successes and failures. According to the Canadian intellectual Macpherson, I am trying to describe what a real, horizontal democracy with an alternative form or organization looks like. That is why I focused on the men and women who stopped seeing themselves as political-consumer subjects, and who manage to discover themselves instead as protagonists and shapers of their own lives.

 

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