The documentary film Iuventa relates the events of a crucial year in the lives of a group of young Europeans all involved in different ways in the Jugend Rettet humanitarian project, starting from the first voyage of the Iuventa ship in the Mediterranean Sea to the heavy accusations that led to the seizure of the vessel more than a year later. The backbone of the narration is the ship’s first trip out to sea: setting sail from Malta, she comes back to La Valletta after 15 days offshore, having saved the lives of over 2,000 people. After the first mission the film takes us to Berlin and in Italy in the months following the first voyage, through the winter time when the future of the Jugend Rettet is discussed. The film, precisely because of the particularly young age of its protagonists, becomes the tale of a sort of training period: finding themselves at the forefront of this horror and death, and conscious of the vastness and complexities of the correlated socio-political problems, these youngsters start having doubts about the sense of the whole project which, it appears, determines in some way the loss of their innocence.
A film by Michele Cinque
Sound Design and Mix
Production Consultant Italy
Translations and Editing Coordination
Charlotte Marie Kretschmer
Sicily Jass – the world’s first man in jazz racconta la vicenda umana e il problematico ruolo di Nick La Rocca nella storia del jazz. Siciliano nato a New Orleans alla fine dell’800, La Rocca, con la sua Original Dixieland Jazz Band, incide nel 1917 il primo disco della storia del jazz, Livery Stable Blues. Il disco venderà più di un milione di copie, e l’Original Dixieland Jazz Band nel giro di poche settimane diventerà la jazz band più pagata al mondo. I loro brani da Tiger Rag a Clarinet Marmalade influenzeranno i più grandi jazzisti di colore, tra cui Louis Armstrong.
A musical journey into a corner of Africa in southern Italy covering the vast plantations of tomatoes in the province of Foggia. Badara Seck, a Senegalese griot, passes through the area like a shaman guide in search of Jululu, the soul of Africa, towards one of the ghettos where the immigrant labourers throng for the harvest season. Sagnet, the spokesman who led the labourers' revolt against the 'gangmaster system' in Italy, narrates the film. Through his thoughts the social criticism of the ghetto expands to include the whole economic system determining the conditions of a new form of slavery.
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The documentary Mr. Jazz – The Louis Armstrong Story goes through the life of the most important jazz musician of all time, from the humble origins in New Orleans up to his consecration in Chicago in the twenties and to universal fame. Armstrong’s influence on the development of jazz is immeasurable and his personality, both as a performer and in the later years as a public figure was so strong that it almost shadowed the immense contribution that was more strictly musical and vocal. A brilliant musician, Louis changed the characteristics of jazz thanks to his incredible talent for melodic improvisation, but he was also an extraordinary singer with his unmistakable hoarse voice. Songs like What a wonderful world, Hello Dolly and West-end Blues have gone down in history. Louis, in the span of his long-lasting career, appeared in more than a dozen Hollywood films, next to stars such as Bing Crosby, James Stewart, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra. In the thirties he was the first Afro-American to participate in a radio programme. During the cold war in the fifties, having received the nomination of “ambassador of benevolence” in the world on behalf of the Department of State, he travelled through Africa, Latin America and the Middle East to promote American culture and integration among the peoples.
On the occasion of his death, July 6th 1971, his colleague Duke Ellington said, “If ever anyone was Mr. Jazz, that was him, Louis Armstrong”.
Louis was a simple person, with a passion and a natural talent for music which he loved more than anything else. In the slums of New Orleans where Louis grew up, at the beginning of the twentieth century a new American music was developing, a mixture between black musical culture and European music that by means of multiple stratifications gave birth to jazz. Armstrong crosses seventy years of American twentieth-century history and at the same time crosses the history of Afro-American segregation and of the gradual and sanguinary conquest of civil rights. As such, on a parallel with the story of Armstrong’s life, full of sensation and success, the documentary unravels the story of early twentieth-century America: from segregation to the birth of jazz in the slums of New Orleans and Chicago in the years of Prohibition, from the First World War to the Great Depression in 1929, from Roosevelt’s New Deal to the 1950s and 1960s movements for the recognition of civil rights.
RO-MAP turns the heart of Rome into an open-air museum under the sky that investigates the most innovative frontiers of digital art applied to architecture and urban spaces. From the 9th – 12th September the Circus Maximus arena and Piazza Navona will become the protagonists of an extraordinary stroke of magic.
For the first time in Italy, the French collective group Coin will interpret the evocative setting of the Circus Maximus in a new light by means of the monumental installation entitled Globoscope: 256 luminous spheres arranged in an area of more than 3,000 metres squared and controlled by a wireless system that will transform the arena into a digital landscape.
Mathematics, sound and lighting will be used by the digital artist Maxime Houot, of the collective group Coin, to reproduce, transform and amplify the urban space, as well as offering spectators a surrealistic walk under the stars on the evenings of the 9th and 10th of September.
The festival will continue on the evenings of the 11th and 12th September in Piazza Navona. The Renaissance faҫade of the Church of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart will be transfigured by the 3-D projections of the artists “Apparati Effimeri” from Bologna, in a synergic composition of spectacular colours, sounds, lights and images that play on the aesthetic canvas of the architecture. 3-D glasses will be distributed to visitors in the square who can then immerse themselves in the first 3-D mapping ever presented in the capital. Architectonic mapping is a form of digital art that through 2-D and 3-D projections effectively transforms the architectural structures hosting the performance into stages or projection screens. Music accompanies these gigantic extraordinary visual effects, helping to create a pluri-sensorial experience that is highly evocative.
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A feature documentary about a courageous journalist that investigates the murders of 8 of her colleagues and their guide in the Andes of Peru in 1983. The investigation becomes a painful journey as she delves into the past and the details of this bloody chapter in the region's history.
Uchuraccay is a feature documentary that revisits the murder scene and investigates, through witnesses and relatives, an appalling truth the official story did not include. The previously-unheard narratives found in this film will shed new light on the mystery that still surrounds the killings.
Carmen V. Hulbert
Director of Photography
Cristiano De Veroli
In November 2006, Makina, a concert produced by Luigi Cinque and dedicated to the world of Labour, was held at the Multimedia Labor Festival. A group of artists (musicians, poets, singers, and video artists) and technicians came together for three days within the confines of the Link Club, in Bologna, in order to set up the event together.
LavoroLiquido (LiquidWork) goes through the 3 days of preparation up until the live concert, meets with the protagonists, and questions them on their personal experiences with working. It is their stories which lead the film through the world of labour in Italy starting from the Economic Boom of the 1950’s up to the current situation of temporary job labour, with the aid of images from the Audiovisual Archives of the Democratic Worker’s Movement.
In the history of Italian Labour, the role of the factory, which has been diminishing for quite some time now, is fundamental. The film opens with the recording of the sounds of a highly automated factory and ends with the silence of the former Ilva factory of Bagnoli, the largest Italian industrial archaeological site.
The main character, who accompanies us in this journey through Italian labour history, is the “typical worker”, is also the inspiration of Vogliamo Tutto (We want everything) by Nanni Balestrini (1970): Alfonso, who has worked every type of job, has emigrated from the South, and was protagonist of the 1969 worker’s struggles at the FIAT factory, is now an artesian, and carves wood in Salerno. He makes toys for children, but above all, he is a man who has never quit questioning himself about social dynamics issues.
LavoroLiquido is also a musical documentary: the music (jazz, rock, electronic, rap, Italian traditional) marks the tempo and the rhythm of the voyage into the world of Labour, and is evocative. The fusion of music, poetry and video art, backstage interviews and live concert make up the principal narrative theme of the film in the same way as the Link Club becomes the primary setting for it.