(The Hemispherical Stage)
Riccardo Giacconi, Daniele Zoico
In 1992, athlete Frankie Fredericks became Namibia’s first Olympic medalist when he finished second in both the 100m and 200m. For the 1996 Summer Olympics, Fredericks was among the title favourites for both the 100 m and 200 m. He reached both finals, and again finished second in both. In the 100m, he was beaten by Donovan Bailey, who set a new World Record, and in the 200m he was beaten by Michael Johnson, who also set a new World Record. At the time, Fredericks’s second place run was the third fastest 200m in history, beaten only by Johnson.
Suffering from injuries, Fredericks had to withdraw from the 1999 and 2001 World Championships and the 2000 Summer Olympics. In the 200m final at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, he finished 4th. He was 36. Although Fredericks is considered one of the top athletes of the end of the 20th century, he never managed to be Olympic champion.
Using the language of TV documentaries, La scena emisferica narrates the real story of Frankie Fredericks. This story is interpolated by amateur images of a trip to Namibia made by an Italian tourist. His account runs parallel to the story of Fredericks, establishing a balance between two unsatisfied endeavours.