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BLACK IS BELTZA

by Fermín Muguruza

synopsis

October 1965. The giant figures of San Fermín are invited to parade on New York’s Fifth Avenue, but not all of them can participate: for racial reasons, North American leaders have forbidden the black giants to participate in the event. Taking their inspiration from true events, Muguruza, Cano and Alderete tell the story of Manex Unanue, a fictional character given the task of carrying one of those black giants. Bemoaning the fact that his companions have accepted the decision imposed on them, Manex decides not to return home. Seen through the young boy’s eyes, we discover the events that revolutionised the society of the mid-'60s: demonstrations after the death of Malcolm X, the bizarre atmosphere of Warhol’s workshop, the relationship woven between the Black Panthers and the Cuban secret service and the early days of the hippy movement, enveloped in the psychedelic atmosphere of the first music macrofestivals.

international title: Black is Beltza
original title: Black is Beltza
country: Spain
sales agent: Film Factory Entertainment
year: 2018
genre: animation
directed by: Fermín Muguruza
film run: 87'
release date: ES 5/10/2018, FR 8/05/2019
screenplay: Fermín Muguruza, Harkaitz Cano, Eduard Sola
cinematography by: Beñat Beitia
film editing: Dani Azpitarte
music: Raül Fernández Miró, Fermín Muguruza
producer: Fermín Muguruza, Oriol Marcos, Jone Unanua
production: ETB-EITB - Euskal Irrati Telebista, Setmàgic Audiovisual, Talka Records and Films
distributor: Barton Films, Gabarra Films
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