|Year of production
|Lenght||1h 37′ 00”|
|Editing||Esmeralda Calabriaand Chiara Russo|
|Sound||Valerio C. Faggioni|
|Production||Laura Borrini for Solares Fondazione delle Arti, Esmeralda Calabria for Aki|
The documentary tells the story of the life of women shepherds in Italy and is the result of a journey of more than two years, about 17,000 km travelled and 100 interviews with women aged between 20 and 102 years.
The figure of the shepherd, in the imagination and in the most widespread symbology, has always been associated with the male gender. But the goat breeding sector is becoming feminized, more and more women choose to carry out this traditionally patriarchal work. The shepherd women engaged daily in their activity often live alone, but also with companions and with their family, fully involved in the social and economic activities of the community in which they live.
The film tells the story of these women through the personal experience of the director who lived with them for a few days, immersing himself intimately and deeply in their daily lives. The bonds of friendship and affection that have been created have therefore become the narrative line, intimate and spontaneous, that introduces us to the motivations of the protagonists, the difficulties encountered and the satisfactions obtained.
The documentary is therefore a representation of this unusual world, where the distinctive feminine approach implies taking care of animals, protecting their extraordinary biodiversity and together with this, preserving the majestic Italian landscapes at high altitudes.
Director, writer and landscape designer. She lives in Parma. For years she has been documenting and spreading life and work in the rural world, dealing in particular with social and cultural issues of the communities. In 2014 she published the book “Le vie dei campi“, which won the “Parole di Terra” Prize for rural literature.
She is mainly interested in the relationship between man, earth and food. On these themes, she makes some docu-films aimed at the dissemination in the specific field of agriculture, landscape and environment. Among these, “Ciclone Basmati“, shot between Italy and India, on food and immigration, winner of the special prize Babel Sky TV at the International Migration Art Festival 2012.
From 2015 to 2017 she embarked on a research journey with video interviews with women shepherds in Italy, from which he made the film “In questo Mondo“. The Transhumance has been nominated by Italy to become intangible cultural heritage of humanity Unesco. The film “In questo Mondo” (In this World) is in the dossier edited by the Interdepartmental Biocult Centre of the University of Molise, which Mipaaf presented in Paris for the evaluation process on 27 March. Produced by Solares Fondazione delle Arti and Akifilm “In questo Mondo“, it was awarded as best Italian documentary at the 36 Torino Film Festival.
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