The Basque Ball: Skin Against Stone
Filmfest 2004

"The Basque Ball: Skin Against Stone" is about the cultural identity of the Basques and their messy, bloody war of “independence”, famously demonised by the Spanish Government. The result is the highest grossing Spanish documentary of all time. Medem’s montage of interviews with academics, leaders, priests, victims, and locals — but not, significantly, members of the military wing of Eta or the Aznar Administration then running the country (both declined to take part) — reveals a bewildering cacophony of hopes and betrayals. Times Online This gold-mine of material is beautifully edited, and even the interviews are shot with Medem's ethereal beauty. As the film gets deeper into the political aspect of the conflict, it all gets fairly bewildering--and also very universal, as this could easily be Northern Ireland, the West Bank or anywhere people feel oppressed for their ethnicity. Rich Cline,

tags: Documentary


Director: Julio Medem