LASA Y ZABALA

PUBLISHED ON ARTS HUB: 27/4/15

Lasa & Zabala was the first case handled by GAL (Groups Anti-terroristas de Liberacion), Spain’s state-sponsored anti- terrorist organisation. In 1983, the alleged Basque terrorists Joxean Lasa and Joxi Zabala were apprehended in Bayonne, in France, before being taken across the border to San Sebastian and brutally tortured. Their bodies were found in a shallow grave in Alicante 12 years later, after they had been buried in quicklime. Thus begins a lengthy legal investigation to find the perpetrators and return their bodies home. This forms the bulk of Pablo Malo’s film as scenes from the investigation are peppered with flashbacks to torture and fatal explosions to illustrate the brutality of this period in Spain’s past.
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