30 August Aug 2015 2009 3 years ago

Documentaries from the south: tradition, modernity, and sustainability

Four stories of cooperation presented by Fairtrade and GVC Italia at Cascina Triulza

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Indigenous people, rural communities, women striving to set up their own business, young artists expressing their world: the review of documentaries promoted by Fairtrade and GVC Italia sheds light on traditions and ambitions in developing countries.

On august 30th, Cascina Triulza hosted a day dedicated to the P.O.D. Festival (Protected Origins Documentaries), a review of documentaries telling the stories of those who, from the Andes, to Mozambique, to Maghreb, follow a model of sustainable development, respectful of the environment, allowing the community to grow and each individual to achieve his aims.

This initiative gives an overview on how civil society can take action in different ways, including the directors of the documentaries, who chose to show stories that would otherwise remain silent. The movies are shot in the regions where GVC Italia develops its projects of cooperation, fostering alternative lifestyles based on local traditions and on the conservation of natural resources.

"Poverty is a multidimensional phenomenon. (...) When we speak about poverty, we speak about people. Alone, silent, with no access to knowledge, no rights, no self-confidence". The film by Miko Meloni, Teaching Microcredit, tells us about a research of micro-finance experiences that, in different countries, created opportunities in extremely poor realities.

Opportunities and professional objectives are also dealt with in Eco de Femmes, by Carlotta Piccinini, witnessing the conditions of rural women in Maghreb through the stories of Zina, Cherifa, Halima, Fatima, Amina e Jamila. They are day labourer in the fields, aware of the exploitment to which they are forced by poverty, but they share a dream: building cooperatives to give an opportunity to other women, and to harmonize traditional knowledge with the development of products for current markets.

From Maghreb to Peru, we discover how the Alpaqueros of Apurimac breed Alpaca to produce wool, according to traditions. The documentary directed by Miko Meloni, Alpaqueros, brings us into the life in Apurimac, where people live above 4000 mt, without electricity, choosing not to leave the Andes towards the city, in order to keep a traditional lifestyle.

To conclude, once again Miko Meloni leads us in the Oficina de Arte of Pemba, Mozambique, where children are taught painting and poetry, thanks to the project realized by GVC. Latifo, Ornilda, Claudia, and Riquito, along with their mates, compose their poems and draw their paintings, showing them to their teachers.

Fairtrade will still be present in Cascinta Triulza with other initiatives in September and October, as a part of the project "The Fairtrade as a tool for empowerment"