This article was translated by John R. Bopp

The public broadcaster for southwestern Germany, SWR, has appeared in our blog before, because of an amazing program they did on trains called “Eisenbahn romantik” (Romantic Railways), which included a report on the Basque Railway Museum and other elements of Basque rails.

Today, we’re mentioning them again because they’ve created a documentary on the Northern Basque Country, which we’re very happy to report they called “The Basque Country in France”, taking note that it’s one reality inside another, each maintaining their separate characteristics.

So, convinced that if they’ve done the Northern Basque Country, they’ll have also done the Southern, we dug around a bit, and found one.

As would be expected, both documentaries focus on aspects of traditional culture, the feeling of belonging, and tourist attractions.  But they also cover a wide range of places and activities that are unique to the Basques, and which help the audience understand what it means “to be Basque”.

The episode on the Southern Basque Country is directed by Lourdes Picareta, and the one on the Northern side by Ute Hoffarth.  We were able to find a link to embed it into our website for the former, but not yet for the latter.

SWR- 25/7/2016 – Alemania

Das Baskenland in Spanien

Die Sprache der Basken soll seit 7.000 Jahren existieren. Euskara, wie sie auf Baskisch heißt,hat Verbote und das Franco-Regime überstanden und gilt mehr denn je alsidentitätsstiftend für die gesamte Region.

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SWR- 26/7/2016 – Alemania

Das Baskenland in Frankreich

Espadrille-Parade im Hafen von St.-Jean-de-Luz. Zwei Jungunternehmerinnen umringt von Freunden. Alle lieben ihre Schuhkreationen.
Espadrille-Parade im Hafen von St.-Jean-de-Luz. Zwei Jungunternehmerinnen umringt von Freunden. Alle lieben ihre Schuhkreationen.

Nur ein Sechstel des Baskenlandes liegt in Frankreich. Doch ist die Gegend zwischen dem Atlantik und den Ausläufern der Pyrenäen voller Kontraste.

The video is available in the article.
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