Elkarrekin-Together Film

Basque Center (601 Grove Street)

Join the Boise Basque Community as they, along with various organizations around the world, screen the documentary film, Elkarrekin - Together.  

6pm at the Basque Center

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To watch a trailer, click here.

About the film:

A group of explorers sails to a small island in a remote location. We are on the eastern seaboard of the United States. The landscape is completely wild, undisturbed and timeless. The explorers set down their materials: there are diving, excavation and photography teams. They address each other in Basque.

They are joined by North American researchers, archaeologists and divers, from the United States and Canada. The search begins. Team work creates a spirit of companionship, discovery, contact with nature and a remembrance of distant times.

In the day-to-day activities of the expedition, we come to discover a lot. Basque fishermen spent long spells in what is now known as Canada, long before the first arrival of French and English colonists. We discover that these fishermen enjoyed a collaborative and egalitarian relationship with the indigenous people: they even created a language which mixed elements of indigenous language and Basque languages. The first industrial activity in North America was born of this cooperation.

Many remnants of this past have been discovered along the coast of Canada, helped by the Canadian government’s effort to recuperate this past. In the United States, on the contrary, no investigations have been carried out. However, centuries ago there was no distinction between the US and Canada, and Agote came to suspect that this astonishing collaborative encounter, so different from that of the oppressors and the oppressed, may also have happened on what is now US soil. Nobody has searched in that area, and that is why we are here.

The expedition seeks to uncover these traces. It strives to prove that another world existed, that another world was possible. Perhaps the reconstruction of the past can inspire a brighter future. The team is searching for something intangible: what they were, what they seek to be, their very essence as a community and as a culture.

Each step of the expeditions draws us deeper into a mysterious, unpredictable yet startlingly beautiful world. As the story progresses, we come to realise that the very experience of travelling, searching and discovering is as important as the achievement of a goal. The snow seems to conceal many secrets. A group of whales comes up to breathe and then dives back into the deep, far from history and time.