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Spanish Documentary Filmmaking

by Brian Davisson
This is a list of some Spanish documentaries (either made on Spanish topics or by Spanish directors filming elsewhere) that are visually or thematically interesting. This is as much about me increasing what I’ve seen as anything, so suggestions are welcome. A shot from Luis Buñuel’s Las Hurdes: tierra sin pan, from 1932. Canciones para después de una guerra [Songs for after a War] (1971), Basilio Martín Patino. Ama lur [Mother Earth] (1968), Néstor Basterretxea and Fernando Larruquert. Innisfree (1990), directed by José Luis Guerín. La doble vida del faquir (2005), Elisabet Cabeza and Esteve Riambau. El somni [The Dream] (2008), Christophe… Read more

This is a list of some Spanish documentaries (either made on Spanish topics or by Spanish directors filming elsewhere) that are visually or thematically interesting. This is as much about me increasing what I’ve seen as anything, so suggestions are welcome.

A shot from Luis Buñuel’s Las Hurdes: tierra sin pan, from 1932.

Canciones para después de una guerra [Songs for after a War] (1971), Basilio Martín Patino.

Ama lur [Mother Earth] (1968), Néstor Basterretxea and Fernando Larruquert.
Innisfree (1990), directed by José Luis Guerín.




La doble vida del faquir (2005), Elisabet Cabeza and Esteve Riambau.

El somni [The Dream] (2008), Christophe Farnarier.


Mark Peranson with Albert Serra; see Peranson’s documentary Waiting for Sancho

Not in the database:

La ruta de Don Quijote [The Path of Don Quixote] (1934), Ramón Biadiú.

Guernica (1937), Nemesio Sobrevila.

Elai Alai (1938), Nemesio Sobrevila.

Día de muertos [Day of the Dead] (1960), Joaquím Jordá and Julián Marcos.

Navarra, las cuatro estaciones [Navarra, the Four Seasons] (1972), Pío Caro Baroja (nephew of the great Spanish novelist Pío Baroja).

El campo para el hombre [Land for the People] (1975), Helena Lumbreras and Lisa Mariano.

Gipuzcoa (1979), Pío Caro Baroja.
Casas viejas: el grito del sur [Casas Viejas, the Cry of the South]
(1996), Basilio Martín Patino.


La espalda del mundo [The Back of the World] (2000), Javier Corcuera.


La guerrilla de la memoria [The Guerrilla of Memory] (2002), Javier Corcuera.
Aguaviva (2005), Ariadna Pujol.


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