Pelota: The Beloved Pastime of Spain's Basque Country
Feb 03, 2015
Jungles in Paris
Filmmaker Emily Lobsenz dives into the world of pelota, or handball, a wildly popular Basque sport that traces its origins to the Middle Ages. To play, athletes smack a small hard ball against a wall; picture squash without the racket. "The ball is pretty hard, so we tape our hands," says one player. "Even with the tape, it hurts your hands a bit. Pelota is a tough sport, so you just need to be strong."
Author: Chris Heller
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