The Brave Class: The Power of Political Speech

(Clase valiente: el poder de las palabras)
Victor Alonso Berbel | Documentary

2016 | 75 minutes | Spain

A social experiment that introduces a concept into the daily speech of politicians and communications experts during the 2015 Spanish elections. This involved many people in acts of public intervention, urban art, and other forms of social activism with surprising results.


What hides beneath a political speech? Can the world be changed with words? The Brave Class reveals the methods of political language in our way of understanding the world. Precarious work or mini job. Gender-based violence or domestic violence. Cheap dismissal or labor market flexibility. Same concept, with a completely different way of understanding and communicating it. We comprehend reality through an invisible and yet extremely important filter: language.

The Brave Class is a social experiment that introduces a concept into the daily speech of politicians and communications experts during the 2015 Spanish elections. This involved many people in acts of public intervention, urban art, and other forms of social activism. The surprising results are analyzed by more than 20 experts including Owen Jones, George Lakoff, Íñigo Errejón, Christian Salmon, Iñaki Gabilondo, and other prominent players in the field of political communication and information.


"A really interesting documentary focusing on the importance of verbal language in political communication. The Brave Class stands up because it practices what it preaches." — Marius Serra, La Vanguardia

"Lucid, passionate and succinct finds imaginative ways of overcoming the dangers of routine exposition." — Jordi Costa, Diario El País

Main credits

Alonso Berbel, Victor (film director)
Alonso Berbel, Victor (screenwriter)
Cirbián, Aritz (film producer)
Barrera Allué, Borja (screenwriter)
Montserrat, Jan Matheu (screenwriter)

Other credits

Cinematography, Alba Bosch, Laura Carrillo, Marcel Pascual; editor, Victor Alonso-Berbel [and 3 others]; music, Bernat Sànchez.

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Abycine International Film Festival - Best Indie Film Award
Gaudí Awards - Best Documentary Nomination
Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival
Docs Barcelona

DIRECTOR: Victor Alonso Berbel


YEAR: 2016

GENRE: Documentary

LANGUAGE: Spanish; English; Catalan

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adults



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