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Crisis in six scenes
Seville, 1968. After a supposed apparition of the Virgin Mary on a farm near the town of El Palmar de Troya, visionaries and ecstatic neighbors begin to proliferate in the area. From that moment on, El Palmar went from being a lost town to appearing on the front pages of the media all over the world. At that moment Clemente Domínguez and Manuel Alonso, two fundamental characters in this story, appear. A struggle for power begins. Soon friction, disbelief, devotion and tension arise between the seers.
After an accident, Clemente is left blind, helpless and emotionally devastated. With the help of the most faithful Palmarians and, above all, Manuel Alonso, Clemente recovers and regains faith in himself and takes the accident as a test. His discourse gains followers all over the world and he ends up proclaiming himself Pope of El Palmar de Troya, even challenging the Vatican.
Clemente is in a moment of total success and lives immersed in a binge of power. Emboldened and with everything in his favor, he announces that God is going to give him back his sight, but the miracle does not happen and the first internal tensions begin. Parties, homosexual relations, suspicions of abuse and the business in which the congregation is becoming, generates a loss of confidence that ends with excommunications and expulsions from the order. The end of the first Palmarian papacy is near.
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That’s right, trash TV has been nourished by stories about the famous sect during all this time. Maybe that’s why the idea of the production was to face it in a very different way from the very first moment: «We were based on patience, not to overwhelm. For eight months we were there constantly, the whole town already knew us. And always with a lot of respect from everyone. We did the interviews over three days, very calmly, letting it flow».
Another highlight of ‘El Palmar de Troya’ is in its exquisite recreations, always a tricky issue but that comes out very well in this non-fiction, confusing the viewer between what is real and what is not. «We were not so clear about the issue of recreations. One of the great challenges of the series has been the huge amount of archive that we achieved, something not easy in a sect like this.»
«Suddenly we found ourselves with a beastly archive that had Hi8, video, U-matic, personal photos, press photos… for all of that to coexist seemed like an excessive salad. For the recreations I went to the basilica, knocked on the door, explained what we were doing and they let me in and see how it works inside, which gave me inspiration for the recreations. Then, when I saw them, I also thought of the resemblance between the two».
Palmarian catholic church
Review of the Movistar+ documentary series El Palmar de Troya, created by Israel del Santo based on the creation of the Palmarian Church and its faithful. If you are completely unfamiliar with the history of El Palmar de Troya and the enormity of pagan cults and splits of the Catholic Church that abound in our country and around the world, it is very likely that Israel del Santo’s documentary series will have a great impact on you. Especially when you discover that, far from being over, it continues its unstoppable course.
Already in 78, after the death of Pope Paul VI and the Vatican Council, this faction split from the Catholic Church with the excuse of defending the purism of the cult, renaming Clement Gregory XVII and proclaiming himself as the «true pope», «emperor of the Universe» and guarantor of the doctrine and the strict rules of the order under penalty of excommunication.
The great value of this compilation of stories that serve as the backbone of the narrative is to bring out the critical spirit of the audience without ever leaving aside a tragicomic approach: it does not underline what you have to think, but lets things fall under their own weight…. And they do end up falling.
El palmar de troya documentary
One of the strengths of El Palmar de Troya as a series lies in the fact that the bizarre nature of its story makes it easy to get into. Something that those responsible for this production have known how to use to their advantage. The first episode serves as an introduction providing a general idea of what this organization was, which some describe as a pseudo-church and most of them as a sect, and in the second episode we enter fully into its contradictions, its manipulation, its tricks to obtain funds and its techniques for the mental control of those who fell into its trap, driven by a religious fervor anchored in traditionalism and under the promise of winning Paradise.
And in the midst of these absurd events, impossible apparitions and millionaire donations, the series gathers the testimonies of people who were trapped in the nets of this sect. Some of them are already out. Others continue to defend the supposed values promulgated by the Palmarian church, which claims to be the true one. Watching the first two episodes it is almost impossible not to let out a chuckle. Not because the series laughs at anyone or anything in particular, that is not its intention, but because some passages carry the implicit comedy. However, at the same time it reflects the pain and suffering of those who were under its influence and have managed to get out.