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GEMS OF 2021
NOSTALGIA DE LA LUZ
G │ 1h 30min │ Documentary │ 2016
“Patricio Guzmán travels 10,000 feet above sea level to the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert, where atop the mountains astronomers from all over the world gather to observe the stars. The sky is so translucent that it allows them to see right to the boundaries of the universe.
The Atacama Desert is also a place where the harsh heat of the sun keeps human remains intact: those of Pre-Columbian mummies; 19th-century explorers and miners; and the remains of political prisoners, "disappeared" by the Chilean army after the military coup of September 1973.
So while astronomers examine the most distant and oldest galaxies, at the foot of the mountains, women, surviving relatives of the disappeared whose bodies were dumped here, search, even after twenty-five years, for the remains of their loved ones, to reclaim their families' histories.”
EL BOTÓN DE NÁCAR
G │1h 22m │Documentary │2015
“The ocean contains the history of all humanity. The sea holds the voices of the Earth and those that come from outer space. Water receives impetus from the stars and transmits it to living creatures. Water, the longest border in Chile, also holds the secret of a mysterious button that was discovered in its seabed. Chile, with its 2,670 miles of coastline, the largest archipelago in the world, presents a supernatural landscape. In it are volcanoes, mountains, and glaciers. In it are the voices of the Patagonian Indigenous people, of the first English sailors, and also those of its political prisoners. Some say that water has memory. This film shows that it also has a voice.”
G │1h 40m │Documentary │2010
“Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of —self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Director Lucy Walker and co-directors João Jardim and Karen Harley have great access to the entire process and, in the end, offer stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.”
EUGENIO CARMI. THE TIME BETWEEN PARENTHESES
25m │Documentary │2020
In 1956, Gian Lupo Osti, the then general secretary of Cornigliano (the jewel in the crown of the post-war Italian iron and steel industry), later Italsider, called in Eugenio Carmi - an Italian painter and exponent of abstractionism - to act as an art consultant. Initially, Carmi edited the information magazine for the company's employees, entrusting the covers to the most interesting contemporary artists. In 1965, the artist translated the right to beauty and the need for stimulating thought in the factory into a series of eight accident-prevention signs to be installed in workspaces that are still considered a turning point in the history of applied graphics in Italy. Umberto Eco, a friend of Eugenio Carmi and with whom he illustrated three children's fairy tales: The Three Cosmonauts, The Bomb and the General, and The Gnomes of Gnu, dedicated a treatise on semiotics to these signs.
SUR LE CHEMIN DE L’ÉCOLE
G │1h 17m │Documentary │2013
"From the wild Kenyan savannah to the winding paths of the Moroccan Atlas mountains; from the suffocating heat of the Indian Ocean coast to the the vastness of Patagonia’s high plateau, these children are driven by the same quest, the same dream.
Jackson, Zahira, Samuel and Carlito are the heroes of On the way to school, a feature-length adventure documentary about four young schoolchildren forced to surmount a multitude of obstacles in order to get to school.On taking their amazing paths that lead to learning, they will leave childhood behind and begin a journey fraught with pitfalls and surprises.”
1h 12m │Documentary │2020
"STRAY explores what it means to live as a being without status or security, following three strays as they embark on inconspicuous journeys through Turkish society. Zeytin, fiercely independent, embarks on adventures through the city at night; Nazar, nurturing and protective, easily befriends the humans around her; while Kartal, a shy puppy living on the outskirts of a construction site, finds companions in the security guards who care for her. The strays’ disparate lives intersect when they each form intimate bonds with a group of young Syrians with whom they share the streets. Director Elizabeth Lo’s award-winning film is a critical observation of human civilization through the unfamiliar gaze of dogs and a sensory voyage into new ways of seeing."
Epidemie, prodigi, fine del tempo
by Chiara Frugoni
The Middle Ages speak to us through the fears that tormented women, men, and children: fear of the end, fear of hunger, fear of disease, fear of diversity, fear of foreigners.
It’s not Middle Ages anymore, but human beings haven’t changed that much.
Chiara Frugoni identifies problems, raises questions, and seeks answers.
CAPTIVES: FUEGIANS AND PATAGONES IN HUMAN ZOOS
by Christian Báez Allende
"What is the secret power of the set of photographic images that have inspired this work? Is it the materiality of these traces, many of them from the 19th century, or is it the intuition of terrible events that reveal some of the faces portrayed? Photographic images of human groups exposed to the gaze of other humans. They are the silent traces of the horror of the forced transfers and of the real samples of the supposed savages of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego before the eyes of the apparent nineteenth-century civilized society. "
GREAT ADAPTATIONS: STAR-NOSED MOLES, ELECTRIC EELS, AND OTHER TALES OF EVOLUTION’S MYSTERIES SOLVED
by Kenneth Catania
“From star-nosed moles that have super-sensing snouts to electric eels that paralyze their prey, animals possess unique and extraordinary abilities. In Great Adaptations, Kenneth Catania presents an entertaining and engaging look at some of nature’s most remarkable creatures. Telling the story of his biological detective work, Catania sheds light on the mysteries behind the behaviors of tentacled snakes, tiny shrews, zombie-making wasps, and more. He shows not only how studying these animals can provide deep insights into how life evolved, but also how scientific discovery can be filled with adventure and fun.
Beginning with the star-nosed mole, Catania reveals what the creature’s nasal star is actually for, and what this tells us about how brains work. He explores how the deceptive hunting strategy of tentacled snakes leads prey straight to their mouths, how eels use electricity to control other animals, and why emerald jewel wasps make zombies out of cockroaches. He also solves the enigma of worm grunting—a traditional technique in which earthworms are enticed out of the ground—by teaming up with professional worm grunters. Catania demonstrates the merits of approaching science with an open mind, considers the role played by citizen scientists, and illustrates that most animals have incredible, hidden abilities that defy our imagination.
Examining some strange and spectacular creatures, Great Adaptations offers a wondrous journey into nature’s grand designs.”
MAP OF ITALIAN FEMALE MONUMENTS
The census of public statues and monuments dedicated to women in Italy launched by the association Mi Riconosci invites an urgent reflection on the reduced presence of female characters (not allegorical or mythological figures) in the Italian public space, on which women are portrayed and how they are represented.
The map is constantly being updated.
The “Pathological Theatre” embrances people affected by mental illness who find a way to get out of isolation and express themselves through acting. This unique experience of its kind has led to the development of the "Integrated Theater of the Emotion" the first university-level degree especially designed to academically and professionally prepare mentally disabled people for careers in theater arts.
MAROTTA & CAFIERO EDITORI
“Marotta&Cafiero editori is a “terrona” publishing house from Scampia. Based in the heart of neapolitan suburbs, we publish “stupefying” literature, civil novels and redemption stories. Our staff is completely under 30. We print our books on certified recycled paper, using only non-polluting plant-based inks and glues without plasticizers. Our books are Long Life, their high readability is incredible. Many of our volumes are licensed under Creative Commons and all of them are “lace free”, that means we don't pay any criminal organization to do what we do with love. Our publishing house is devoted to Antonio Landieri, an innocent victim of Camorra killed during the Scampia-war. He was a 25 years
old disabled guy. Marotta&Cafiero is also an independent record label and a bookshop: La Scugnizzeria, first bookstore ever in Scampia. In a place used to sell drugs, we now spread books and culture. From 1959, we produce books in the shade of Vesuvius.”
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