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These Walls

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An investigative documentary, These Walls was inspired by the director's chance discovery of a poem written on the ruins of a building during his childhood.

From this lonely moorland in the Sierra de Madrid, we discover one of the darkest episodes in Spain’s history. During the Franco regime, Penalty Redemption through Labour was a legal device that allowed public and private companies to use republican prisoners as forced labor.

The documentary follows Pascual as he delves into archives and libraries, listens to children of reprisal victims, and meets with childhood friends with whom he had played in those ruins, unaware of their origin and meaning.

Throughout the research process, archival material, and interviews with experts who have studied the Penalty-Redemption system from their various disciplines, Pascual exposes how this device was used in virtually all economic sectors throughout the country.

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