Mireia Lluch, daughter of Ernest Lluch, considers “it is essential to listen to the perpetrators to understand what the conflict was about.” For her part, Ana Azpiri, sister of Sebastián Azpiri, describes the screening as “morally reprehensible, pitiful and unacceptable.”
The screening of journalist Jordi Évole’s film Don’t Call Me Ternera, based on an interview with the former head of ETA, Josu Urrutikoetxea, at the 71st edition of the San Sebastián Film Festival has generated great controversy, after more than 500 people requested its withdrawal of the “Made in Spain” section considering that it “whitewashes ETA’s terrorism.” Two victims of ETA debated this Monday, in an interview on Radio Euskadi’s “Boulevard” program, about the issue and expressed their opinions, one against its exhibition and the other in favor.
Among the signatories of the letter is Ana Azpiri, sister of Sebastián Azpiri, murdered by ETA in 1988. In her opinion, the screening of the documentary is “morally reprehensible, pitiful and unacceptable” and she has asked that it not be shown at the Zinemaldia: “I say no with my taxes.” Azpiri believes that Urrutikoetxea “is not just any terrorist” and that the film “will be released with all honors” and will have international projection. By her own admission, she has not seen the film, which will be released next Friday.
Mireia Lluch, daughter of Ernest Lluch, murdered by ETA in 2000, has insisted that she has not seen the film, and that therefore, it is “difficult for her to say whether it can be released or not. I think it is prior censorship that has no a lot of sense.” Furthermore, she has expressed her utmost confidence in the criteria of the Festival and the director himself, José Luis Rebordinos. For this ETA victim it is “essential to listen to the perpetrators, no matter how little respect they have for them, because they have the right to speak. It is necessary to understand what the conflict was about.” According to her, she has delved deeper, “if we leave one part out, we will never understand what happened.”
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