2005 Program



"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.

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

Free Admission. 







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.

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

Free Admission. 




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.

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

Free Admission.