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Acts of Faith: Jewish Civilization in Spain

Many Latinos in the American Southwest wear amulets and perform certain practices different from their fellow Latino Catholics--and are discovering only now, to their amazement, that they are descended from Jews who chose conversion rather than death at the time of the great expulsion from Spain in 1492.

Barcelona in 48 Hours

A film composed of a collection of black and white still photographs, taken over a period of 48 hours in Barcelona. The film is both an impressionistic portrait of a contemporary dance artist and a meditation on movement of the body, through dancing and traveling. The raw material of hundreds and hundreds of photographs was edited to create a story and dream-like movement. Performed by David Zambrano and Mat Woorter, with appearances by Dietmar Diesner, Pepe Ferrer, Simone Forti, Jennifer Monson, Alex Rendon, Judith Sanchez. A film by Anja Hitzenberger and Edward Ratliff.

Basque Ball

This thought-provoking documentary explores the unique language and long-held traditions of the mythical land of the Basques, and details the regions intricate and painful political reality. A Julio Medem film. c2003. 107 min.


Examines the social and political turmoil in Spain surrounding the Spanish legislative elections on March 14 and the terrorist bombings of March 11, 2004. 2004. 33 min.

Domestic Terrorism. (Terrorism, Aims and Objectives)

This program looks at what makes educated -- sometimes highly educated men and women take up arms in an ideological bid to overthrow their democratic governments; and it shows why some fail, while others are more successful in attaining their goals. It also shows why highly motivated and intelligent terrorists are so difficult for police to catch, and underscores the inevitable temptations for government to bend or break the law in order to bring the culprits to justice. Looks at terrorist activities in Italy, Northern Ireland and Spain. c1995. 52 min.

Espaa±a en libertad (Spain in Freedom)

The coronation of Juan Carlos I marked the third restoration of Spanish Bourbon rule. This program tracks the mixed fortunes of post-Franco Spain as it transitioned into a parliamentary monarchy and moved forward into the 21st century. News footage of policy makers and events addresses free elections, economic restructuring, membership in the E.U., educational reforms, and social security as well as the failed 23-F coup, high unemployment, labor strikes, and terrorism. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2005. 61 min.

Ethnic Terrorism.

Examines three major contemporary organizations which represent ethically-based opposition to state authority. The IRA and The Basques (ETA) represent two examples of European terrorism, while the PLO represents a distinct Middle Eastern phenomenon. Follow the factors which generate terrorism, the techniques used, and the "justification" of these deadly acts, the type of state response and the political, social, psychological and economic consequences of violence. 1996. Dist. Ambrose video 46 min.


The first definitive film treatment of the Basque-Spanish conflict. Traces the history of the Basque independence movement from the Spanish civil war to after the socialist victory in the 1982 Spanish national elections. Archival footage and interviews with some of the main protagonists of this conflict present events of the last fifty years such as the 1937 bombing of Guernica, the systematic police repression of Basques under the Franco regime, and the killing of Prime Minister Carrero Blanco by the ETA (Euskadi ta Askatasuna - the Basque Country and Her Liberty).

Expulsion and Memory: Descendants of the Hidden Jews

This documentary traces the descendants of Spanish Jews who were forced to either flee or convert to Catholicism after Queen Isabella's edict of 1492. Many of these Jews had to practice their religion in secret, passing their furtively-recalled customs down through the generations. Exploring the history and culture of these 'conversos,' the film celebrates an enduring spiritual legacy which has survived centuries of persecution. 1996. 51 min.

Federico Garcia Lorca: the Spirit of Lorca.

Filmed on location in Spain, this vintage program profiles the immortalized poet/dramatist Federico Lorca, capturing the potent essence of Spanish culture in the process. Extracts from his poems, plays, and letters demonstrate his burning passion for the arts, while the details of his life and violent death, as told by his biography Ian Gibson, contemporaries Rafael Alberti and Luis Rosales, and others, presents a thoughtful perspective on Spain's revered literary icon. 1986. 75 min.