El Proceso De Burgos (1979)

Run Time - 134 min.  |   Countries - Spain  |  
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Synopsis by Clarke Fountain

ETA is the Basque group which uses any means it feels necessary (allegedly including terrorism) to further the cause of Basque independence. The Basque are a very discrete, ancient and distinct ethnic group living in a geographically cohesive area in the mountains of northern Spain and southern France. This 1979 documentary favorably examines the activities of the ETA -- and is likely to scandalize most non-Basque Spaniards. A particular focus of the documentary is its interviews with members of the ETA who were tried and sentenced to death at Burgos and were reprieved by Franco as a result of international pressure. Filled with historical information of importance to anyone seeking to understand the situation in Basque country, although some prior knowledge of Basque issues and recent Spanish history is recommended.