100+1 travels the globe
by Bénédicte Prot
- VENICE 2014: The educational project created in parallel with Venice Days will soon travel beyond the Italian borders
The 28 young people taking part in the “28 Times Cinema” project continue to enjoy their once-in-a-lifetime experience of discovering more about being professional journalists and film critics (read the blog). Meanwhile, two days after the presentation of the Fred Film School initiative at the Venice Days Villa, the programme that it is partly based on, 100+1 films, which was founded eight years ago by Fabio Ferzetti (still as part of Venice Days, of which he was the general delegate at the time), is preparing to travel beyond the Italian borders. Yesterday (Monday 1 September), this new undertaking was the subject of a presentation at the Venice Film Market, a meeting moderated by Ferzetti, which Roberto Barzanti and Roberto Cicutto also took part in.
At the time of its creation, the 100+1 films project’s aim was to increase the Lazio region’s schoolchildren’s awareness of the history of their country (from fascism during the 1940s up until the end of the 1970s, via the economic boom), by showing them cinema classics (100 to start with) that they didn’t even know the titles of. Indeed, a survey undertaken in schools had highlighted the extent of their lack of knowledge of these basic aspects of their country’s culture and identity.
Eight years later, the educational initiative has proven to be quite a success. The six or seven films chosen each year to be shown to the students, out of a list of 100 masterpieces, in addition to all of the events organised to complement these screenings (discussions and meetings with the major players in Italian cinema and so on), have been greeted with tremendous enthusiasm by the pupils.
Now, as yesterday’s meeting underlined, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs would like to extend this initiative and roll it out in Italian schools all around the world.
In Italy, the project will also continue to be developed: indeed, in collaboration with the National Film Library and the censorship archives (part of which is already available on the site cinecensura.com), 100+1 will be putting a number of these extraordinary documents online, which continue to shed light on Italian history, the views of artists and the mindset of the Italian governments that wanted to hack up their works.
(Translated from Italian)