Ana Díez
Basque cinema, gender and the home(land)
in Hispanic and Lusophone women filmmakers
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With Spain's return to democracy and the granting of regional autonomy to the Spanish Basque provinces, a sustained political and cultural conflict has ensued about the right of the latter to be considered an independent nation. Marti-Olivella specifically compares the denial of Basqueness with the denial of gender expressed by female writers and artists. This chapter examines the case of Basque director Ana Diez in the light of this problematic theorisation. Through an examination of two keys films, it seeks to trace the way in which some of her work problematises the equation of home with the Basque Country. It also suggests how Diez as a female director comes to occupy an unmappable space in discussion of Basque cinema, in Rob Stone and Helen Jones's terms. The chapter shows that her films suggest a recurring sense of 'not at home' which finds a parallel in Diez's own film career.

Hispanic and Lusophone women filmmakers

Theory, practice and difference

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