Direction & cinematography: Jan Jaap Kuiper
Production & sound recording: Katja Sokolova
editing: Tim Wijbenga & Jan Jaap Kuiper
sound design and mix: Thijs van der Vliet
color grading: Michiel Rummens
post production: Amator
Small nations, Big games
was supported by a Wildcard from the Netherlands Film Fund
was produced by Submarinechannel
in collaboration with broadcaster VPRO
Small Nations Big Games
Joy and tears, hope and despair, fear and excitement. Sport expresses all aspects of human nature. But for the worlds' smaller nations, there is more to it than emotions alone. Small peoples might disappear from the world map - their very existence is constantly challenged by their big brothers. That's why their love for sport goes to a deeper, existential level: the need for recognition and survival as a nation.
Henrike’s father was a champion at BASQUE PILOTA
- a game where a small ball, hard as a rock, is thrown against the wall with incredible speed. Will playing his father’s sport help Henrike overcome the frustration of growing up as a Basque boy in the Spanish city of Madrid?
Playing soccer is the most important thing for Neevin, a Palestinian girl. But in PALESTINIAN SOCCER GIRLS
we find out the sport also confronts her with a lot of problems: crossing Israeli checkpoints, getting permission to play a game abroad and the Palestinian society frowning upon a girl playing soccer.
Chimit is a proud Tuvan. His people used to freely roam the steps of northern Mongolia, but Chimit’s religion was outlawed in Soviet times, and the Russian border laws make his traditional nomad lifestyle difficult. Chimit hopes TUVAN KHURESH
, the traditional Tuvan wrestling sport he is a master at, will help his sons preserve the Tuvan traditions in the face of the all present Russian culture and army.
|Basque Pilota minimovie online|
The minimovie Basque Pilota, first part of the series Small nations, big games produced by Submarine, is online at the minimovies website.
The film is about Basque Pilota, the national sport of the Basques, a people in the north of Spain. The director followed his friend, Henrike Olasolo, from Amsterdam back to Basque country where Henrike was born. His father was a famous Pilota player back in the days, but Henrike, to his embarassment, has never played the game. For Henrike the social and political situation of the Basques (being stigmatized in the media as brutes and underdeveloped people) is symbolised by Pilota: the discussions about the cultural identity of the Basques is like slinging balls against a brick wall. The words bounce back, just like the balls.
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