Guest: Santiago de Pablo
Santiago de Pablo is specialist in History of the Basque cinema and professor of contemporary history in the University of the Basque Country.
Film: A Swastika over the Bidasoa (Una Esvástica sobre el Bidasoa; 2013)
Synopsis: Hendaye, 1940. The German army has just occupied France and their patrols arrive at the Bidasoa River. Between 1940 and 1944, Hitler’s troops will rest in this region.
Duration: 80 minutes
Language: Spanish (English subtitles)
Production year: 2013
Directors: Alfonso Andrés, Javier Barajas
During World War II, while the Third Reich was gaining victories, a German filmmaker and his team started and unusual project: shooting a film about the life of the Basques. After the end of the war, the film was lost and his director was forgotten… until half a century later the only existing copy of “Im Lande der Basken” (In the land of the Basques) was found. It’s an enigmatic documentary that shows the Basque people from the racial perspective of the Nazis and was part of a plan to establish and alliance with the Basque nationalist movement and the representatives of other ethnic groups, with the aim of building a new land order in Europe. 70 years later, those dark events and their main characters come out thanks to the testimonies of their sons and daughters, the discovery of unpublished documents and the memory of the surviving witnesses of a period where the swastika domination stretched from the Volga to the Bidasoa.
Event is organized by Department of Romance Languages and Literatures (Faculty of Arts, MU), University Cinema Scala, Etxepare Basque Institute, the University of the Basque Country and the Spanish Instituto Cervantes.