November 17, 2011. (Romereports.com)
The 3D documentary “Enxaneta” has just been released. It's about the
tradition of “human castles” in Spain's region of Catalonia. It was
produced by a local Spanish television station.
It's one of the first Spanish documentaries produced in 3D and is meant to introduce a world audience to this unique tradition.
The documentary traces the history of these castles that have been formed by people for generations. The documentary's title “Enxaneta”, comes from the name given to the child that traditionally crowns the castle, who is often only between 5 and 10 years old.
Each tower represents an association of a neighborhood or city that annually competes for the honor of the biggest tower. They often reach up to up to nine or ten stories high.
The tradition was developed in the eighteenth century as a folk exhibition depicting religious holidays. But its growing popularity to see these castles became a show in itself.
The film's director, Pauli Subirà, chose November 17 for the premiere of “Enxaneta” because this was the day these castles were declared Intangible Heritage by UNESCO in 2010.
The film tells the history and values of this exciting and often risky tradition. Among the 61 associations, it's promoted in the spirit of excellence, teamwork and social cooperation.
At the moment, “Enxaneta” will only be released in Catalonia. However, the producers are working for the international distribution.