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These Death-Defying Human Towers Build on Catalan Tradition | Short Film Showcase

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Published on : 12 Aug 2019

Catalonia is ruled by the Spanish government, but its people have been constructing independent kingdoms for centuries. By climbing up backs and balancing on shoulders, Catalonians of all ages stack their bodies on-top each other to build castells, or human towers. The structures are not typical fortresses—notably, they are made of flesh and bone rather than sandstone or granite—but their strong foundations serve as a unifying force for many Catalonians.
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Morphle ABC
Morphle ABC 1 month ago

That have to do with a lot of passion, love, courage and ambition in order to achieve the goal…very impressive and incredibly stunning!!!

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Erlania e Valentina

Very well done film, but I'm not into children's participation on this kind of tradition it's too dangerous.

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The Voice Kids Australia

Synchronous breathing..

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Miss Katy
Miss Katy 1 month ago

interesting

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Little Baby Bum - Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs

Visca els Castellers, freedom for Catalonia.

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Evan TubeHD
Evan TubeHD 1 month ago

Beautiful cinematography to reflect such a powerful cultural practice. Absolutely well done with this short film!

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Pellumb Hajdari
Pellumb Hajdari 1 month ago

He said, it's for eveyone, you could be a baker, a doctor, or a popsicle.

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VnKids abc
VnKids abc 1 month ago

This reminded me of that Avatar scene.

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1 month ago

Humans and their traditions always involve hurting themselves or someone else. smart species.

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Satisfying Slime ASMR

The world needs more NatGeo!

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Fairy Tales
Fairy Tales 1 month ago

Jo parlo català

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Like Nastya
Like Nastya 1 month ago

Similar thing happens in India on janmashtami

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Evan TubeHD
Evan TubeHD 1 month ago

**ANCIENT DAHI HANDI FESTIVAL OF INDIA USUALLY HELD IN AUGUST OR SEPTEMBER GOING BY LUNAR CALENDAR** (Google it)

CATALONIA TOWER IS LESS THAN 100 YEARS TRADITION INSPIRED BY ANCIENT DAHI HANDI FESTIVAL ON BIRTHDAY OF KRISHNA
*CULTURAL APPROPRIATION OR INSPIRATION HAPPENS ALL THE TIME*

COLOR/WATER FESTIVAL INSPIRED BY HOLI OF INDIA





MOON STAR SYMBOL OF ISLAM WAS ORIGINALLY USED BY SMALL STARGAZING PAGAN PEOPLE OF MIDDLE EAST

ALL TYPES OF YOGA IS HINDU NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOU RENAME THE TERMINOLOGY

XMAS(CHRISTMAS) WAS PAGAN FESTIVAL CULTURALLY APPROPRIATED BY CHRISTIANS FALSELY DECLARED AS BIRTHDAY OF JESUS.

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HobbyKids
HobbyKids 1 month ago

What a great short film

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SR Toys
SR Toys 1 month ago

Thank you for this documentary National Geographic. You forgot to mention the gralla and the Toc de castells. This is coming from a Catalan and an American who was born and lives in Tarragona. This year I start university and they have a colla. I will take part in it as a gralla player.

FYI the place where the competition was held was an old bullring which is now used for castells every two years and for concerts. Some “traditions” just don’t fit in the 21st century.

The castells remind me of JFK when he said “ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country”.

Visca Catalunya lliure!

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Thần Tượng Âm Nhạc

Una tradición española preciosa :}

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NaoFun Toys
NaoFun Toys 1 month ago

" When you are close to castell it's like being next to a beating heart. "

Wow , it sounds so poetic .

" that goes boom boom boom "

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Jungle Beat - Munki and Trunk

Beautiful movie. Remind how deep I have Spain in side of my hard

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Miss Katy
Miss Katy 1 month ago

Stupid, masochistic. Like war or child sacrifice.

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Kênh Thiếu Nhi BB

*tickle-tickle-tickle!*

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