Basques in the West
The documentary Basques in the West tells the story of a people often overlooked in Western history. The story features Basques living in Idaho, Oregon, California, Wyoming, Montana, Washington, New Mexico and Nevada.
Why the Western United States?
The land was hard and unforgiving. How did they survive? Why did they choose this harsh hard high desert to live? If geography affects culture, then how were these new immigrants affected by their hard and unforgiving new home? Our interviews with several original Basque immigrants will reveal what type of fortitude was needed to persevere.
Sheridan Brett, Community Library Programming Coordinator, Ketchum, ID
“Thank you so much for a wildly successful program last night! You held the genuine interest of every audience member. They were left caring for every character on screen. I am very excited to watch all the places your film will go from here.”
Vice-President of Content Creation
KVIE Public Television/America's Heartland
"I think it can honestly be called the definitive history of the Basque experience throughout the west, if not all of America. I really liked your exploration of all aspects of Basque culture, music, food, recreation, etc. The extensive roster of interviewees and locations also underscores the time and effort behind this worthy
“It is one hour of captivating scenery, historical and geographical references, and poignant interviews, all artistically filmed and beautifully integrated to create a spellbinding story line.”
Eat, Drink and be Basque!