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World History Series

A series of historical documentaries that provides illuminating perspectives on significant people, places and events that affected world history. Programs available on 9 DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Videos; also in a 9-Disc Set. For pricing call in US: 800.876.2447/Intl. 603.434.9262 or e-mail Click for more

4. Song of the Basque

4. Song of the Basque

"Highly Recommended. This ably produced program presents an in-depth study of an exceptional people, the Basque. We see how, in looking forward to the future, they try to maintain an ancient language, their rich, traditional culture and political structures in a rapidly accelerating world." -National Media Review
This classic documentary, hosted and narrated by actor John Forsythe, and featuring numerous academic, political, cultural and commercial experts, stands the test of time, offering an in-depth and objective study of the Basque people, the oldest surviving humans who have continuously inhabited a particular region in Europe, today known as Basque Country. Told with arresting cinematography and an original musical score, this is an odyssey that needs no fictionalizing to make it dramatic and exciting. Filmed on location in France, Spain, Argentina and the Western United States, this absorbing past-present-future story, underscores immediately that one would be wrong to identify the Basque people with the ETA, the separatist organization that supports violence. Throughout history to the 21st century the "song" of the Basque is individualism, independence, and a drive to prevail despite setbacks and struggles. The list of Basques we learn of and meet includes: Juan Sebastián Elcano, who completed the first circumnavigation of the world upon the death of Magellan; José María Arizmendiarrieta Madariaga, founder of the Mondragón cooperative movement, a federation of worker cooperatives; Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order; Francisco de Vitoria, founder of International law; Juan Huarte de San Juan, the creator of Modern Psychology; Juan de Zumárraga, who introduced the printing press to America; Simón Bolívar, the Liberator of South America; José Antonio Ardanza Garro, the former president of Basque Country; sculptor Eduardo Chillida, known for his monumental abstract works; and Robert Erburu, the former chairman of the Times Mirror Corporation. Produced by Edmund Penney and Associates. 03/09DE JSCA 50 min.
Also Narrated by John Forsythe: Missouri: Portrait of a People; A Question of Duty (Animal Conservation)
Associated Article: Peace at Last in the Basque Country? -Smithsonian Magazine

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