The actor Karra Elejalde has defended the screening at the San Sebastián Film Festival of the Netflix documentary directed by Jordi Évole and Màrius Sánchez in which the former ETA leader ‘Josu Ternera’ is interviewed because “everything can be broadcast” and “you have to judge what is revealed from that broadcast.”

“I don’t know why we have to ban things. Are we starting to burn books again?” said the interpreter when questioned, in an interview with Europa Press, about the request that the film not be broadcast in the San Sebastian competition. in a manifesto distributed by intellectuals and by ETA victims.

Elejalde has specified that he was not aware of the conflict over the screening and premiere at the San Sebastián Festival, whose director, José Luis Rebordinos, has insisted that the film does not whitewash ETA and has asked to see it “to give his opinion.”

However, the actor recalled that this was “lived a long time ago” in 2003, with the documentary ‘La pelota vasca; the skin against the stone’, directed by Julio Médem, based on interviews about the Basque conflict.

“At that time it seemed the same to me. Médem invited people of one ideology and the other to do an interview and (a film) was put together from what each other said. To me the fact of putting together what some and others say others and projecting it does not seem good or bad to me, it seems neutral, objective and logical to me,” he explained.

Likewise, he has indicated that it would be different if we were talking about a film that “fosters” negative attitudes, such as “Nazism, xenophobia or homophobia.”

The documentary ‘No me llama Ternera’ will open the ‘Made in Spain’ section of the San Sebastián Festival and will complete this section that includes 19 other notable Spanish feature films of the year. The film offers an exclusive interview with ‘Josu Ternera’ and provides a “hard and unprecedented look” at his career as leader of the terrorist organization ETA. The film also addresses “some of the decisive moments of ETA” until its dissolution in 2018, as detailed by the San Sebastian competition.