2015 Program

March 6th - Basque Swastika

April 10th - Jostunak

May 1st - Senales de Vida: Nestor Basterretxea

September 11th - Loreak

September 25th - Apaizac Obeto & Aitxitxe

 

 

 

Una Esvastica Sobre El Bidassoa

 The Basque Swastika

 

 

 

 

   

The Basque Swastika is a rare film that looks at the Nazi occupation of the Basque area in France. Featuring interviews with survivors and children of residents, as well as extensive newsreel footage; the film opens a compelling window on Basque resistance and cooperation with the Nazis. The most intriguing element is the discovery of a short Nazi propaganda film called In the Land of the Basques, which was made right in the middle of World War II by a favored German filmmaker, Herbert Brieger...


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2013, directed by Alfonso Andres & Javier Barajas, 81 minutes, color,

in English, French, Euskara, Castilian with English Subtitles.

Presented by Aitor Inarra

 

 

 

 

 

Alfonso Andrés, born in Errenteria in 1973, began his professional career as a director in the advertising department of Teledonosti. Since 2007, he has worked as a director, screenwriter and editor with Esrec Produkzioak SL in different productions for television, advertising, film and corporate videos. Javier Barajas wrote the screenplays for the documentaries Los vascos y la Segunda Guerra Mundial (2011), La trastienda del Zinemaldia (2008), La joya del Cantábrico (2010) and La ciudad de los caballos (2010), the last two of which were directed by Alfonso Andrés.

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The documentary Im Lander der Basken. directed by Herbert Brieger, was completely unknown until now.  Distributed by UFA, it is an attempt to show a mythical view of the Basque people in images filtered through NAZI propaganda.  Shot entirely in the French Basque region, it shows scenery, traditions, sport, dances, etc. without separating itself from the NAZI's frustrated attempts during World War II to strengthen ties with Basque nationalism to build a new territorial order in Western Europe based on ethnic principles.

1944, directed by Herbert Brieger, 11 min, black and white, in German with English subtitles.

 

Both Films!

Friday, March 6th, 7:30pm, Basque Cultural Center

Free Admission.

Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080

 

 

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Photos from the screening

 

 


 

 

 

 

Jostunak

Tailers

 

Jostunak (Tailors) is a sequel to Gazta Zati Bat and tells the story of how the Gure Esku Dago (It’s in your hands) popular initiative began and how the Human Chain, a demonstration for self determination, took place in June between Durango and Pamplona.

 

Our nation is a patchwork of wishes and identities, a land in which people of different colors and strokes live together. The aim of the smile that was sketched on June 2014 between Durango and Iruñea was to sew together this patchwork of wishes and thousands of citizens took on the role of tailor and seamstress in order to do so.


“Jostunak” is the tale of the initiative which transformed those “tailors and seamstresses” into the protagonists of their own story, the hidden account of the collaboration that was created between different “tailors and seamstresses" before arriving to the headlines.

 

 The story of the "tailors and seamstresses” who have transformed failures of the past into initiatives of the present and hopes for the future.


We are tailors and seamstresses. Today our wishes, tomorrow our decisions.

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2014, directed by Eriz Zapirain, 95 minutes, color,

in Euskara, French & Castilian with English Subtitles.

with a special introduction by Jon Camio

 

 

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ZELA TROVKE - Cutting Grass

Moritats are old folk songs about crimes and are typical of Central Europe. Zela Trovke is a moritat from Slovakia which the Holland Baroque Society has recovered to include in its Barbaric Beauty programme. Maite Larburu, the orchestra’s violinist, unveils the song's hidden secrets.

2013, directed by Asier Altuna, 13 min, color,

in Euskara & English with English subtitles.

 

 

Zela Trovke [Cutting Grass] from Kimuak on Vimeo.

Both Films!

Friday, April 10th, 7:30pm, Basque Cultural Center

Free Admission.

Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080

 

 

Photos from the screening

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Senales de Vida: Nestor Basterretxea

Signs of Life: Nestor Basterretxea

 

This documentary will show the life and work of 89 years old artist Nestor Basterretxea, one of the most relevant and unkown artist of the 20th century.

Nestor is known for his paintings and sculptures, but mostly for his sculptures in public spaces. He has developed an own style with his commitment to abstract art and constructive that moves to other disciplines, such as design, photography, cinema and architecture. His works are full of high social content and it is heavily influenced by the historical context that he has lived since his exile during the Spanish Civil War. He shares as many of his contemporary artists, a deep interest in the search for identity, which is present in all his work.

This documentary wants to explain the strenght, the way of life and the importance of one of the most amazing contemporary artist of the XXth Century.

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2014, directed by Gentzane Martínez de Osaba & Alexander García de Vicuña, 77 minutes, color,  in Euskara & Castilian with English Subtitles.

Presented by Aitor Inarra

 

 

 

 

Gentzane Martínez de Osaba & Alexander García de Vicuña 

Gentzane Martínez de Osaba studied Film and Video at the IDEP in Barcelona. On her return to Bilbao, she alternated her work as a cameraman and cinematographer with directing and co-directing a cultural programme for ETB. Alex García de Bikuña specialised in documentary at Edinburgh College of Art and collaborated with the Scottish Documentary Institute. Both are partners of the Marmoka Films production company and together they have produced and directed numerous documentaries, including, Mugaritz. La cocina inacabada (2010) and Next Time Inshallah (2011).


Zarautzen Erosi Zuen

She Bought It in Zarautz

Often, when Miren goes to order her coffee, so­meone jumps the queue. But the day she reali­ses that a blouse has been stolen from her shop she decides to put her foot down.

2014, directed by Aitor Arregi, 15 min, color,

in Euskara with English subtitles.

 

 

Both Films!

Friday, May 1st, 7:30pm, Basque Cultural Center

Free Admission.

Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

LOREAK

Flowers

 

Ane is in her mid-forties and delighted when a stunning bouquet of flowers is delivered to her home. But the site manager has no idea who to thank – one thing is for sure; her jealous husband, Ander, is not the unknown cavalier. As these gallantries increase, always on a Thursday and always with an anonymous sender, Ane’s life takes on a new direction. The life of Lourdes is also sent into turmoil by beautiful bouquets of flowers: Since the death of her husband in a traffic accident, flowers have been deposited regularly at the scene. Lourdes’ mother-in-law, Tere, is determined to get to the bottom of the anonymous flowers. Jon Garaño and José Mari Goenaga’s film pays charming homage to three headstrong women and the power of flowers.

 

 

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2014, directed by Jon Garano & Jose Mari Goenaga,
100 minutes, color, in Euskara with English Subtitles

 

 

 

 

Literaturia_2015 from Juanfe Garces on Vimeo.

Odolean Daramagu

It's in our blood

2015, directed by Juanfe Garces, 6 min, color,

no dialogue

 

 

Friday, September 11th, 7:30pm, Basque Cultural Center

Free Admission.

Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080

 

 


 

 

Apaizac Obeto

Basque Whalers

 

The BEO will host a 7:00pm meet and greet reception with the director of the short film, Markel Goikoetxea,  before the screening (cider, wine & cheese).

 

 

BASQUE WHALERS

 

This documentary is a reproduction of the journeys that 16 century’s sailors use to do. A perfect replica of sailor’s shaloop was made at the shipyard of Pasaia and a 6 week expedition started just rowing and sailing. They travelled trough Canada, rewriting international sea history.

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Basque Whalers from Orio Produkzioak on Vimeo.

 

2007, directed by Jon Maia,
74 minutes, color, in Euskara with English Subtitles

 

 


 

Grandfather
A Magical realistic short film, the story of George (6 years) and his grandfather(75 years).

2015, directed by Markel Goikoetxea Markaida, 15 min, color,

in Euskara with English subtitles.

 

 

Both Films!

Friday, September 25th, 7:30pm, Basque Cultural Center

Free Admission.

Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080