I used google translator. so… (original is in italian)
On 24 June, during the closing ceremony for the 18th edition of the Archipelago-International Festival of Short Films and New Images held at the cinema in Rome, were released the titles of films that were successful within the sections The Short Planet With / Short, Extra Large and Video / Rome.
With a high prevalence of women at the end of this year, including directors, actresses, director of photography and editor. The prizes for each category were awarded for best short national international best short, best documentary, best video of the regional prize awarded to Kodak for best photography and special jury mention.
But beyond the awards and numerous articles published so far in the pages of major magazines, films, with the intention of going to take over the technical quality and expressive, but we pause to reflect on the attention paid to social commitment that characterizes time one of the most popular festivals of our country and its people.
Just from the social point of view could not miss the interesting works related window from which the African blues continue to appear. . Among the titles of which has already been mentioned in these columns, there are two I’d like to bring to your attention: it is the medium length, this section All Rights World, Rwanda Again by Lawrence Blankenbyl and Phoebe Mutetsi, manufactured by Fabrica and Short But Italy’s Rosa Russo Everyday Sunday (pictured) in the race section with / Short.
The peculiarity of these two films lies in the showcase, one of one kind and one of another, the other side of pain and difficulties that go to fill our minds of prejudice whenever the name Africa comes to us ear .
This time to be highlighted are the common hopes, which are provided through the testimonies of those who lived through those moments and simple gestures of everyday life.
Days spent at a country estate and stately by nature means the Rwanda witnessed over the last decade one of the most brutal genocides in the history of the twentieth century that involved only one hundred days, more than one million people and involved members of the Tutsi community, overwhelming the old values and leaving these people just before the weight of reconstruction, however, supported in this endeavor by a strong will.
On the other hand we are faced with individual hopes, told in the film directed by Rosa Russo, where Hiwot Beyenne, a girl of only twelve who lives with his family in Ethiopia, a village 300 km from Addis Ababa every morning walking for an hour and a half to get to school. Made a long journey with the hope that each meter can approach path to the dream of one day becoming a doctor. Meanwhile at school are taught to protect themselves from diseases like malaria, cholera and AIDS, to distinguish edible foods from those that are not, the importance of hygiene and drinking water, the basics of agriculture and of course to read and write.
Many are the difficulties and efforts that are tackled with tenacity. For the population of Rwanda, such an undertaking will be possible only if there is a common force to leave behind the ghosts of the conflict, using the memories as a means of healing the wounds inflicted in the hope of being able to collectively reconstruct the life of the whole country. . Equally insidious are the difficulties facing the small Hiwot in travel the long road that will lead to realizing the dream of a lifetime.
In both cases, however, the road has already started and we, in our little, let us join them in the hope that this cry for help does not remain a distant voice and lonely waiting to be heard, but likely to become a gesture of human solidarity with those who have lost their way, helping them to return to the starting point and start to overcome the barriers that divide people, just as we teach the children the film Des enfants dans les arbres (Medjbar Bania, 2009)…
By LawrenceBlankenbyl and Phoebe Mutetsi; screenplay: Phoebe Mutetsi; photo: Lawrence Blankenbyl, sound: Christopher Knowles; editing: Lawrence Blankenbyl Origin: Italy / Svizzara, 2009; Format: Betacam SP – color, length: 52 ‘; manufacturer: Babak Payami, Fedrico Jolli, production: Fabrica SpA official website: fabrica.it .