2005 Program


A Los Cuatro Vientos        El Misterio Galindez





"Tasio” tells a based-on-fact story of a way of life known by very few, that of a charcoal-maker and poacher living at the edge of the law and society in the Basque province of Navarre. The movie is based on the life of Tasio Ochoa, a man who film director Montxo Armendáriz met while making a documentary about the charcoal makers (“Nafarroako ikazkinak,” 1981) of Navarre. Armendáriz, who is also from Navarre, felt a kinship to Tasio's fiercely independent spirit. The movie is beautifully filmed by cinematographer José Luis Alcaine. The scenes of the mountains and forests where Tasio makes his living are lovingly depicted. They are depicted in a way which shows their permanence in relation to the transient humans who wander this landscape. The glowing cinematography also shows the fondness that both Tasio and the film's director, Armendáriz, have for this part of Euskal Herria.

1984, directed by Montxo Armendariz, 95 min, color, in Spanish with English subtitles.

Tercero b


It’s too late to turn back now. He’s 40, short and anonymous. Irene is a bit younger size 42. Just the recipe for disaster. The funny thing is that neither of them was looking for trouble, but both were guilty of bringing about two very different situations. There’s a secret they both know but which cannot go beyond those four walls - at least not if they can help it.

2002, directed by José Mari Goenaga, 18 min, color, in Castilian with English subtitles.




The men from a small village make a circle in the middle of the town square. In the middle of the circle, a fight between two rams…

2002, directed by Asier Altuna, 3.5 min, color.






Friday, August 26th, 7:30pm, Basque Cultural Center

Free Admission.

Presented by Pedro Oiarzabal, University of Nevada, Reno.







A Los Cuatro Vientos


"A Los Cuatro Vientos (Lauaxeta) / To the Four Winds” - Semi-fictional account of Estaban Urkiaga, Basque poet, journalist and major in Basque Army during Spanish Civil War, particularly events of 1937 leading up to Urkiaga's execution by Falangists.

1987, directed by Jose A. Zorrilla, 78 min, color, in Spanish with English subtitles.


Hauspo Soinua


An unexpected event leads a father to leave his son at his son’s grandparents’ house for a few days. This visit will bring the man back into touch with family traditions while permitting his son to discover a hitherto unknown world.

2000, directed by Inaz Fernández , 16 min, color in Euskara with English subtitles.




A bus driver thinks that a junkie he used to see regularly has died. He regrets not having helped her. But not long afterwards, she makes an appearance...

2002, directed by Aitzol Aramaio, 12 min, color, no dialogue




Friday, September 23rd, 7:30pm, Basque Cultural Center

Free Admission.

Presented by Pedro Oiarzabal, University of Nevada, Reno.






El Misterio Galindez

“El Misterio Galíndez / The Galíndez Mystery” - Arriving in Spain to work on her doctoral thesis about Galíndez, Muriel Colber receives a tip that leads her to the last people to have seen him alive. She discovers the controversy he caused in the Dominican Republic by publishing an exposé of Trujillo’s dictatorship -- a work which became a major rallying point for Trujillo’s opponents -- and travels from Spain to the Dominican Republic and Miami to uncover the secret behind his untimely demise. Unwittingly, she has opened a Pandora’s Box and those responsible for Galíndez’s death are determined to keep their identities under wraps. 

Galíndez was an nationalist from the Basque Country who had to leave Spain in 1939, when Republicans lost the Civil War. He lived first in Santo Domingo and later went to New York as a University Professor. Just after publishing his Thesis about Trujillo as a book, he was kidnapped and disappeared. His body was never found.

2003, directed by Gerardo Herrero, 126 min, color, in English & Spanish.


El tren de la bruja


A man volunteers as guinea pig for an experiment in human behaviour when faced with extreme terror. If he can make it through the experiment he’ll be awarded a healthy sum of cash. But can a person really feel terrorised if he knows beforehand that it’s all a scam?

2003, directed by Koldo Serra, 17 min, color, in Castilian with English subtitles.




Saturday, October 22nd, 7:30pm, Basque Cultural Center

Free Admission.

Presented by Pedro Oiarzabal, University of Nevada, Reno.