On a little spot of earth in Southern Italy, where life seems to carry on very slow, the dance of colorful giant puppets breaks the everyday life and ties old and young people around memories and imagination.
A FILM BY ella pugliese Landscape Film, It.08, 82min, color DV
Between the seaside and the mountains, life seems to carry on slower than in the rest of Europe. Calabria is a relatively poor region, with a tiny number of cities and industries, and high unemployment rate. It is well known in the world for Andrangheta, the local mafia, for impressive beaches and awful buildings next to them, the “ecomonsters”. But apart from stereotypes, it is a land full of hidden beauty with a forgotten past, an unexpected fertile ground, original artcrafts, wild nature.
The Puppetmasters tells of a small rural community in Southern Italy, where legend and everyday life are not so far from each other, in a special mixture of documentary and animation. The Giants are huge colorful puppets, danced at every festivity, created and reinvented each year by the locals. The stories of puppets and people develop as slowly as life goes on down there, between the mountains and the sea. Music and animation create a fantastic world of memory and fables, while a whispering voice populates the storytelling of ghosts, and projects the myth in the present life of the protagonists.
DAYS ASIDE is the story of 3 street kids from Burkina Faso, who live in the capital Ouagadougou taking each days as it comes. Their lives change with the arrival, once every two years, of tourists and filmmakers to the biggest Film Festival in Africa, the FESPACO. On the one hand the Festival is an exciting event, a big party to be watched and enjoyed, on the other hand it is an opportunity to earn some money making “business” with the visitors.
Besides, these days offer the kids a rare chance to get on stage and become protagonists in their own way. It is the time when their dreams could come true.
Burkina Faso 2003/Germany 2005
Black International Cinema 2006, AWARD for the Best Film of a non-African Filmmaker -
9th ZIFF, Festival of the Dhow Countries, Zanzibar 2006, SILVER DHOW for Documentary Film -
23rd Kasseler Dok-Fest (Germany 2006), NOMINATION Golden Key -
4th Amakula International Film Festival (Uganda 2007) -
RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film 2007
Cambodia, November 2000: after about a thirty year civil war and more than three million victims, peace seems back again, but the name of Pol Pot, two years after his death, resounds in all speeches and individual stories. And yet in this land still plagued by so many horrors, people play, at any time, at each corner, in the country as well as in town, often for money. Under Pol Pot’s heel, death had wiped everything away, not just the playing games, but also schools, medicines, religion. Today the farmers, after a hard working season, can bet even all their harvest in a cockfight, while boys play bowling without thinking that those grey and hollow balls were used to blast people out. In this journey we are driven by five characters. Their voices and smiling faces show the complexity of reality to the foreigner, while the games are the reading clue, the fil rouge unwinding along the places, along the memories, narrating a desperate and wild [SIC] world. FROM: cinemambiente.it//?action=film&id=1113
38min, Khmer and Englisch with Engl. Subt.
Cambodia 2000/It. 2002