Thursday, 6 May 2010

Art for The World's New Film Production

Beyond Borders and Differences
Inspired by the article 18 of UDHR, the article 9 of the Council of Europe ECHR and the article 10 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union “Everyone has the right  to freedom of thought, conscience and religion", ART for The World has  invited indipendent  filmmakers to highlight, in approx. 6' short films,  awareness of the complexity of cultures and beliefs.  
The production has  started in spring 2010  and  will be launched in 2011.  
The participant artists and filmmakers are,  among others,  Tata Amaral (Brazil), Fanny Ardant (France),  Faouzi Bensaidi (Morocco), Sergei Bodrov (Russia), Isabelle Coixet (Spain), Mahanat- Saleh Haroun (Tchad), Hüseyin Karabey (Turkey), Masbedo (Italy), Murali Nair (India), Guka Omarova (Kazakhstan), Idrissa Ouédraogo (Burkina Faso), Jafar Panahi (Iran), Abderrahmane Sissako  (Mauritania/Ethiopia) and Robert Wilson (USA).

Chimères Absentes by Fanny Ardant
The short tells the story of Sonietcka, a Roma child who is not allowed to eat at the school refectory, because of her family's condition of poverty. Fanny Ardant, who plays a role in the short, has been filming in the historical centre of Formello, a village close to Rome, with professional actors and Roma people.
Chimères Absentes is associated with the Council of Europe Dosta! Campaign against prejudices and stereotypes towards Roma in Europe.

Making-of in Formello, Rome, Italy, April 2010
 On set photos by Sandro Weltin/Council of Europe

Distante un padre (A Far Away Father) by Masbedo (Nicolò Massazza and Jacopo Bedogni), artists and videomakersm turn an intimate tragedy like the seath of a child into a universal drama. In particular, they focuse on the delicate relationship among life, death and after.
Film Still

La longue marche du caméléon (The Long March of a Chamaleon) by Idrissa Ouédraogo examines the role of traditions and superstitions of the Animistic practices in Africa. According to the tradition, the chamaleon anticipates a bad luck premonition. If someone offends a chamaleon, his gesture will be punished.
Film Still

Carneval dos Deuses (Gods Carnival) by Tata Amaral deals with the syncretism of beliefs. While making costumes for Carnival, a group of Brazilian children speak about the rituals they practice within their family: Christmas, Hanukkah, Twelth Night, Umbanda rituals, Buddhism. The starting-point of the conversation is Leon's description of Brit Milah, the Jewish ceremony of circumcision.
Photo: Otavio Nagano
Photo: Caru Alves de Souza

GAO by Robert Wilson focuses on the spirit of non-violence. After a close-up of the face of Nobel prize-writer Gao Xingjian, a phrase starts writing by itself: “Solitude is a necessary condition of freedom”. According to Wilson, solitude can be the reign of one's own universal liberty.
Making-of, photo by Pavel Antonov


  1. Muchas Gracias! Lo adjunté a mi blog ( Un abrazo fuerte.

  2. How very interesting! Great photos. :)

  3. Very much looking forward to this! :D