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?
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.
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
Basque Pilota was produced by Submarinechannel in collaboration with broadcaster VPRO