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Basque Film Series

2/7/2020: Basque Film Series

Friday, February 7th, 7:30pm, Basque Cultural Center

The Basque Cultural Center’s Basque Educational Organization presents the next installment of the Basque Film Series with a special screening of the film Black is Beltza, which will include a video introduction by the film’s director Fermin Muguruza, recorded specifically for this screening. After the screening Fermin Muguruza will answer questions live via Skype

Black is Beltza (Drama - Animation for adults)

October 1965. The giant figures of San Fermín are invited to parade on New York’s Fifth Avenue, but not all of them can participate: for racial reasons, North American leaders have forbidden the black giants to participate in the event. Taking their inspiration from true events, Muguruza, Cano and Alderete tell the story of Manex Unanue, a fictional character given the task of carrying one of those black giants. Bemoaning the fact that his companions have accepted the decision imposed on them, Manex decides not to return home. Seen through the young boy’s eyes, we discover the events that revolutionised the society of the mid-'60s: demonstrations after the death of Malcolm X, the bizarre atmosphere of Warhol’s workshop, the relationship woven between the Black Panthers and the Cuban secret service and the early days of the hippy movement, enveloped in the psychedelic atmosphere of the first music macrofestivals.

2018, Directed by Fermin Muguruza, color, in Basque, Spanish, English, French & Arabic with English subtitles, 80 minutes.


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