Executive Producer: Joaquín Serra
Producers: Joaquín Serra, Jorge Pérez
Guión: Juan Manuel Díaz Lima
Sound: Oriol Gallart
Music: Iván Vivas
Post Production: Alvide
Camera operators: Ferran Casterá, Alberto Ferrero, Dani García
Electrician: Daniel de Juan
Color Grading: Alvide
Poster Design: Eduardo Martín de Pinto
History Consultants: Agustín Guillamón, Eulogio Fernández
Mini Van: TRANSBUCA S.L.
Videography Equipment: Ovide IEC
Lighting Equipment: Souther sun iluminación
Audio Equipment: Centset sonido
Audio Post-Production : Centset sonido
Archive Footage: Image Archive
Amigos de Film Interactive
Amigos de CGT Barcelona
“El Albergue” de Glories
Antonio Gómez Escalonilla
Pepe Hinojosa Durán
Ángel Hernández García
Francisco Javier Mateos
Juan Antonio Lara
Belinda Parris de la masía de Tavertet
Sr. Brunet de la biblioteca Arús
Barcelona Biblioteca pública Arús
Tavertet Masía L’Avenc de Tavertet
Granollers Local Anònims
Barcelona CGT Barcelona
Llerena Ateneo LLerenense
Madrid Soluciones Gráficas Gallego
Munis was one of the last of the “classic” revolutionaries. Meaning his references were the revolutions and revolutionaries in the greatest revolutionary advancements over the entire history of mankind. He is, however, largely unknown and has been neglected in the field of political thought, ostracized by academics of contemporary history.
His discussion of the Russian Revolution was his first conscious activity as a revolutionary in the making. At that time, Leon Trotsky was for him the most influential revolutionary, one with whom he established a significant political and personal relationship and who left an indelible mark on him for the rest of his life. Always disdainful of dogmas, Munis knew how to do away with dead ideas, whether they were derived from Marx, Engels, or Trotsky himself. Beyond his relationship with the “Old Man”, he held a commitment and political agreement with Trotsky’s widow Natalia Sedova, one of great symbolic value from which one can deduce the thought development in Trotsky’s late work. Munis was one of the key speakers at the Russian revolutionary’s funeral, clearly not coincidentally.
Once the revolutionary movement in Spain was had been annihilated; Munis and his companions participated, with the means at its disposal in the fight for internationalism against the Second World War. During this period, which lasted until the end of his life, Munis forged himself as a militant fully dedicated to the revolutionary goal. Even among such illustrious names as Mattick, that level of complete personal involvement in bringing about revolution is hard to find. Out of this period came the fraternal bond between Munis and Benjamin Peret, with whom he worked closely and fruitfully. Here as well, Munis’ person took on a very “classic” air.
As important as all this time dedicated to revolutionary struggle and achievement was, it was equally if not more so in the period of historic defeat brought about with rise of Stalinism (state-capitalist counter-revolution) and of Western capitalism after the Second World War. It was time to draw lessons from the Russian and Spanish defeats: a new characterization of the nature of the Russian revolution and counterrevolution and of Stalinism, and a new perspective opened up by the experience in Spain. But the time period had changed. There were more tasks to undertake: to understand the role of traditional “worker” forces, first and foremost, the criticism of unions and unionism. Keep in mind that during the second half of the century all the independent workers’ actions were not taken despite the unions, but rather against them. This gave rise to the criticism of the unions based on personally developed theoretical foundations: “The unions against the revolution.” Along with his characterization of the phase of civilization marked by decline, this concept of decline is likely one of the most complex and fertile left to us by Munis and his peers. Over these decades, there followed discussions with Castoriadis, Rubel, Onorato Damen, Marc Cirik, and others.
For all this, the purpose behind this documentary film is simply to show how Munis exemplified, in his person, in his work, and in his theoretical reflection, the course taken by the revolutionaries who lived entirely in the twentieth century. Naturally, other aspects of interest arise simply because there are revolutionaries apart from Munis, and it remains to be discussed why people and revolutionary sectors in the sixties took paths that Munis rejected. But this belongs in the history of the practice and idea of Revolution.
So we carry on with our intention of recounting the history of people no longer present, though at the same time, by taking a tour through his thinking and memory, we are recounting the history of people who still have things to say. Therefore, this documentary upholds one of the maxims for all documentaries of this kind: to discover stories that continue to be present and relevant by virtue of a narrative of the past. The biography of those not present is itself an exploration for those telling it.
Something came up. In the preparation of the plotline, it was discovered that old grievances can be smoothed over through a reconciliation to take back up the idea that Munis and his companions had carried through on.
In the documentary, we follow this fact, since it is to make up part of the plot, and through its resolution we find the ending that makes it possible to portray the experience seen in this documentary.
All of this brief introduction is meant to illustrate why we believe that in the case of Munis, the most coherent (and we believe the most interesting) approach is to cover his entire career and relate it to the ups and downs of the socialist revolution in the twentieth century. No, we do not want to be pretentious; we know that what we can provide is very modest. But in these times when we hear so much talk of memory (we should really be speaking about ignorance or concealment), it would be good not to break apart people or even his career: it should be made clear that there have been people who have given meaning to his life outside televised models, and that the idea of revolution and socialism has been handed down to us through people who have experienced it and thought deeply on it. The very people featured in this film.
And what better medium than a documentary to tell a story, one that channels the present to face the future.