The Basque Cultural Center's Basque Educational Organization presents The Basque Film Series, which began in 2004, with the screening of Julio Medem's "La Pelota Vasca", and continues in 2012. Dr. Pedro Oiarzabal, hosted the series from its inception in 2005 through 2009. The 2012 program will be hosted by special guests for each screening.
The controversy engendered by
Julio Medem's Basque Ball: The Skin Against the Stone is only the latest bout in a struggle to represent and explore Basque identity on film. Early travelogues celebrated a unique landscape and heritage that had bred an indomitable race, and this Romantic notion of a historically, linguistically and culturally isolated nation in mainland Europe, with provinces spilling either side of the Pyrenees, would also charm foreign writers and film-makers such as Orson Welles.
When life repeats itself,
we'll do anything to change our destiny. We'll toil and sacrifice for
our families, without asking the cost to our children. To support his
family in the Basque Country, Joaquin must herd sheep alone in America.
Burning suns and blistering winds have made him a quiet, distant man.
When his son joins him herding, years of separation and sacrifice come
to a head. Together, they must battle the mountains, isolation, and each
The first American-made Basque-language film, Zuretzako is based on the life of filmmaker and Princess Grace Award-Winner Javi Zubizarreta's own grandfather. Starring Zubizarreta's father and brother in the title roles, Zuretzako tells the story of the sacrifices that fathers make and the toll they take on their sons.
Director Javi Zubizarreta will be on hand to present his film.
2011, directed by Javi Zubizarreta, 45 minutes, color,
in Euskara with English Subtitles.
The BEO will host a meet and greet reception before the screening (wine & cheese). To attend, please RSVP to Nicole Sorhondo at Info@BasqueEd.org
Presented by director Javi Zubizarreta
Growing up, I was immersed
in the tales, the tastes, and the language of Euskadi – splitting time
between the vibrant Basque community in Boise and the Basque Country
overseas. As a filmmaker, I strive to communicate this Basque heritage
into films that are not only unique but uniquely Basque.
In 2010, I received the Princess Grace Undergraduate Film Scholarship and Cary Grant Award to make Zuretzako, my largest project to date. With the film, I hope to give thanks and recognition to the many family and friends who made me the filmmaker I am today. My own father and brother star in the lead roles, helping to tell a story of sacrifice and gratitude, the gifts of family and the work of our forefathers.
In 2009, I co-directed the documentary Artzainak: Shepherds and Sheep, about modern-day shepherds in Idaho. The film has since aired on the Basque television station EiTB in addition to festivals in Spain, France, Ireland, New Zealand, the Czech Republic and other countries.
Friday, November 2nd, 7:30pm, Basque Cultural Center
Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080
2012 Fall Program