Jesus Maria Pedrosa became another statistic in Europe's longest insurgency. As he walked along a busy street in his hometown in the north of Spain, a man got out of from a nearby car and shot him in the head.
Pedrosa was the 773rd victim of the Basque separatist group ETA, which was demanding independence for the Basque people of northern Spain and southwest France.
'To Kill a Stranger' examines why ETA returned to violence; it asks what the shootings and bombings can achieve. It reveals why young men and women growing up in a prosperous corner of Western Europe are prepared to kill a stranger in the name of their nationhood.
Made a decade before ETA gave up violence for good, the longest insurgency in Western Europe appeared then like a conflict without end. Phil Rees discovered a radically polarized society, whose divisions were becoming wider and wider. A decade later those divisions remain, but now the will for Basque independence is being expressed through the ballot box.
The Observer's Henry McDonald (24.12.00) described is as a "superb documentary" and "Phil Rees' film reminded us how an ideal can sometimes be more durable than reality".
Picture Editor: Robert Moore
Assistant producer: Alberto Letona
Photography Fred Scott:
Produced and Directed by Phil Rees
Executive Producer: Fiona Stourton