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In 2025, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the end of Franco's dictatorship. El Caudillo died on November 20, 1975, after 39 years as head of state. An incredible longevity, a nightmare from which the now democratic Spain still bears the scars.


How was this possible? For the many families who suffered repression from the 30s to the 70s, it was a way of the cross. On closer examination, Francoism is a universal concern. It tells the story of a man who succeeded in establishing and consolidating his power for four decades in the name of an internal crusade. Franco invented a new type of regime: National Catholicism.


At a time when religion and fundamentalism are making a "comeback", Franco's story teaches us about the concept of "holy war", this time from the Western side. We'll be telling this story through archive footage, helped by historian Mercedes Yusta and inspired by the latest historical research. And we'll be talking to those on both sides who lived through this terrible period, and can still testify that political violence was too quickly forgotten.

Direction: Serge de Sampigny

Production: Histodoc for France Télévisions & DR

Delivery: End of 2024

Languages: French, English

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