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A dirt road through a field.

SFFILM Festival


Directed by Oskar Alegría

Spain | Documentary | 89

26 Apr
Fri, Apr 26 at 5:45 pm PT
27 Apr
Sat, Apr 27 at 11:30 am PT

Guests Expected

Director Oskar Alegría is expected to attend


“This is a film about a path,” says director Oskar Alegría (Zumiriki, Festival 2020 and 21) near the opening of this playful and poetic documentary about disappearing practices, among other wide-ranging concerns. The journey begins with his father’s ancient Super 8 camera that, surprisingly, still works though it no longer records sound. Needing to make every moment count—a reel is only a little over three minutes long—Alegría brings this camera on a scenic shepherding route traversed by his grandfather, accompanied by an elegant and unforgettable donkey named Paolo. Armed with this antique machine and alongside this equable equine, the filmmaker pays glorious attention to the natural beauty of rural Spain with a discerning and often wryly amusing eye. And, as each celluloid reel fades to black, his equally lyrical voiceover muses on light, history, old traditions, and capturing voices from the past.

Director Oskar Alegría

Basque screenwriter and director Oskar Alegría was a television journalist and editor and a travel writer before turning to filmmaking. He made his debut with the documentary, The Search for Emak Bakia (Festival 2012), followed by Zumiriki (Festival 2020 and 21). He was also among the directors of Gure oroitzapenak (2018). Zinzindurrunkarratz, his third feature, won the Valladolid International Film Festival’s Doc España prize for best documentary.

Film Details

Language Spanish

Year 2023

Premiere California

Runtime 89

Country Spain

Director Oskar Alegría

Executive Producer Oskar Alegría

Editor Oskar Alegría

Cinematographer Oskar Alegría

Closed Captions Closed Captions are not yet confirmed for this program

Audio Description Audio Descriptions are not yet confirmed for this program

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language Interpretation is not currently scheduled for this film