PODCAST: Somorrostro and the hidden history of Barcelona's shanty towns

In the 1960s, 100,000 people lived in slums on the beach, on Montjuïc, at the Carmel bunkers and elsewhere in the city

Children in a hut that's been damaged by a storm (1934)
Children in a hut that's been damaged by a storm (1934) / Pérez de Rozas - Arxiu Fotogràfic de Barcelona
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Barcelona's image today is one of a modern, European city, but within living memory a very different Barcelona existed, a forgotten city of shanty towns known as barraques. Press play below to listen or subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or Spotify

Cristina Tomàs White joins Lorcan Doherty to look at the hidden history of places like Somorrostro. Today, a popular beach in Barceloneta, it was once home to up to 15,000 people living in shacks and huts built on sand.

TV3 journalist and documentary maker Alonso Carnicer talks about the making of the 2010 film, 'Barraques. La ciutat oblidada' (Shanty towns – The Forgotten City), which he co-directed with Sara Grimal.

This week's Catalan phrase is 'veure-ho tot negre'. Literally, 'to see everything black', it means to see lots of difficulties, to despair.

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