SPOTLIGHT ON BASQUE SPOKEN WORD POETS: BERTSOLARI NOW AVAILABLE WITH PUBLIC PERFORMANCE RIGHTS
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I am so pleased to share the information below about Pragda's newest
release, BERTSOLARI, a fascinating look at the ancient oral tradition of
Basque spoken word poetry. Please share the info below with your
colleagues and students, and feel free to reach out to me with any
Thanks for you support!
SPOTLIGHT ON BASQUE SPOKEN WORD POETS:
BERTSOLARI NOW AVAILABLE WITH PUBLIC PERFORMANCE RIGHTS
2014 New Release BERTSOLARI offers a rare look at Bertsolaritza, an
ancestral and completely improvised form of Basque poetry.
Anachronistic? Not at all. The bertsolari, with their spontaneous
creation and wordplay, could be an inspiration for rappers, spoken word
artists and other improvisers around the world. A living ehtnographic
documentary, BERTSOLARI would make a vital contribution to courses in
Basque Studies, Iberian Studies, Anthropology, Linguistics, Cultural
Studies, Poetry and Ethnomusicology.
A film by Asier Altuna
Spain / 2011 / 52 min / Spanish and Basque with English subtitles
Watch the Trailer
and ORDER HERE: http://www.pragda.com/films/bertsolari
Though Bertsolaritza is a surprising art of austere aesthetics in these
days of spectacularity and special effects, this ancient oral tradition
has nonetheless evolved and adapted to the times, connecting with the
youngest generations. At the grand finale performance of the last
championship an audience of 14,000 people gathered to watch eight
bertsolaris vie live against each other. In this remarkable documentary,
the filmmaker takes us on a voyage through improvised verse, silence and
art in the raw.
San Sebastian Film Festival, International Documentary Festival of
Santiago de Chile, Aliès Film Festival, San Francisco Latino Film
“A treasure... don't miss BERTSOLARI.”-Juan Zapater, DIARIO DE NOTICIAS
"A proud homage created by people who appreciate how much emotion and
meaning there is among the bertsolaris..." -Mikel G. Gurpegui, EL DIARUI
MORE FILMS FROM BASQUE COUNTRY
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Pragda’s popular 2013 release AMERIKANUAK and audience favorite BASQUE
BALL by going here:
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