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The Basque Ball: Skin Against Stone (2003)

La pelota vasca. La piel contra la piedra (original title)
Documentary about the Basque nationalist movement in Spain.

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Julio Medem

Writer:

Julio Medem
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Cast

Credited cast:
Xabier Arzalluz Xabier Arzalluz ... Himself
Bernardo Atxaga Bernardo Atxaga ... Himself
Txiki Benegas Txiki Benegas ... Himself
Txetxo Bengoetxea Txetxo Bengoetxea ... Himself
Julen de Madariaga Julen de Madariaga ... Himself
Odón Elorza Odón Elorza ... Himself
Iñaki Gabilondo Iñaki Gabilondo ... Himself
Carlos Garaikoetxea Carlos Garaikoetxea ... Himself
Anika Gil Anika Gil ... Herself
Felipe González Felipe González ... Himself
Carmelo Gómez ... Antonio (archive footage)
Juan José Ibarretxe Juan José Ibarretxe ... Himself
Fermín Muguruza Fermín Muguruza ... Himself
Gemma Nierga Gemma Nierga ... Herself (archive footage)
Arnaldo Otegi Arnaldo Otegi ... Himself
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Documentary about the Basque nationalist movement in Spain.

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | Basque | English | French

Release Date:

3 October 2003 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

The Basque Ball: Skin Against Stone See more »

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Opening Weekend:

€216,661 (Spain), 5 October 2003, Limited Release
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Alicia Produce See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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A contribution to our understanding of an important issues, hidden by politicians and the media
3 October 2004 | by Chris_DockerSee all my reviews

If you want to know more about the Basque area of France/Spain, the deep political problems (which have echoes of Northern Ireland) and get to the bottom of something that is glossed over by the media and the Spanish government, go and see The Basque Ball. But be warned, it is a film that requires much attention and dedication - it's no easy viewing. There are so many points to assimilate that your brain may well ache after the first half hour. But if you stay on track the effort is worth it - you will have learnt a lot (even if a 'lot' is little more than scratching the surface) about an issue on our doorstep that is not being made public (the Spanish Government, predictably, I understand, tried to have the film banned) .


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