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Bending the Arc: Origins
Bending the Arc: Origins is a film about the foundations of racism in Alabama, from the slave trade and the proliferation of slavery through the Civil War; Reconstruction; the violent backlash against emancipation; and the re-enslavement of African Americans through the convict leasing system. It is the first chapter of a six-part documentary film series that explores the long struggle against racism in Alabama, featuring the stories of both African Americans and a small group of little-known white allies who fought for racial justice during the Civil Rights Movement.
"Lo Sbarco" follows a group of female students as memory explorers and researchers of peace messages. They immerse themselves in the city of Gela, Sicily, in search of the memory preserved in the fabric of the city regarding Operation Husky, the landing of the allied troops in Gela on 10 July 1943, during the Second World War, a decisive step in the fall of first Fascism and then Nazism.
Through interviews with townspeople, witnesses of the time and historical experts, the film investigates the relationship of that event with the themes of peace and war; it delves into the impact that the war had on the town and the people, both individually and collectively; it captures and records precious memories and recollections.
Visiting symbolic sites of the fighting in the Gela plain and on the seafront, the memory explorers try to imagine what it must have been like to live in that wartime context, impersonating the inhabitants of the time and expressing what they might have felt at the time of the landing.
The film also examines how historical memory can influence the future of a city and its inhabitants, and stimulate reflection on the subject of peace and war today.
What 'Lo Sbarco' proposes is a journey between historical memory and contemporary life; the streets and many places in the city's perimeter still bear the marks of the fighting in 1943. Do the people of Gela experience it as a distant, outdated, unrepeatable event? What lessons can be found from that event today? Is it possible to convey the emotion and sense of urgency regarding the need to preserve historical memory and work for peace?
"Lo Sbarco", directed by Iacopo Patierno, author among others of the web series "Italia Sicilia Gela", was realised with the Istituto Tecnico Tecnologico Emanuele Morselli as part of the project Gela Le Radici del Futuro, coordinated by Jacopo Fo and Bruno Patierno, with the support of Eni and the patronage of the city of Gela.
In 2043, Melissa, a young eco-entrepreneur, works on her intelligent sailboat, the Rainbow. With her dog Cham, she cleans up the Mediterranean Sea and sells the plastic on the world recycling market. One day, she saves a monkey from drowning, an encounter that will change her life.
Qiu Sanling, a master of traditional paper-cutting, has spent his entire life cutting out tigers, yet he has never seen a real one. Relying on his paper-cutting skills, he single-handedly raises his intellectually disabled son, leading a life of modest means in the secluded mountains. Hoping to improve their living conditions, he is invited to Beijing with his scissors in hand. Unbeknownst to him, he becomes ensnared in a web of bureaucratic power struggles and conspiracies. After encountering a real tiger in a zoo, the abstract tiger image in his mind is completely shattered, rendering him unable to cut out a tiger ever again. He doesn't receive the payment promised by the bureaucrats, his work is plagiarized, and he loses his means of livelihood. Alone and lost in the vast, indifferent city, he desperately seeks his way home. The scissors he carries, once a symbol of his artistry, are now perceived as a weapon, becoming an obstacle to his legitimate presence in the city...
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One Tuk-Tuk Driver at a Time
A chance meeting, an unlikely friendship and an act of kindness that surpasses geographical barriers.
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