The SiciliAmbiente Documentary Film Festival kicks off, promoting a culture of sustainability
by Camillo De Marco
- 40 films, comprising documentaries, shorts and animated titles focusing on the topics of the environment and human rights, are in competition
The eighth edition of the SiciliAmbiente Documentary Film Festival, which unspools from 19-24 July in San Vito Lo Capo (Trapani), is hosting 40 movies in competition, all of which focus on the themes of the environment and human rights. They comprise documentaries, shorts, animated titles and "Bike Shorts", which are short films dedicated to the bicycle as a symbol of sustainable mobility. Furthermore, there is a section of shorts for children, entitled "SiciliAmbiente for Kids", in addition to special screenings organised in conjunction with a number of partners.
Among the movies in competition (and set to be judged by jury members Valerio Mastandrea, Veronica Pivetti and Paola Scarnati), two French productions will be having their Italian premieres – namely, the documentaries Changement de propriétaire by Aurélien Lévêque and Luba Vink, and The Library is Ours by Kaspar Vogler – as will the Italian production Dert by brothers Stefano and Mario Martone. Audiences will also be able to watch Fukushima, a Nuclear Story by Matteo Gagliardi, while Gianluca Abbate’s animated film Panorama won the 2016 Nastro d'Argento, and My Grandfather Was a Cherry Tree by Olga and Tatiana Poliektova snagged the Jury Award at the 2016 New York International Children's Film Festival.
The six-day gathering is also chock-full of very culturally significant ancillary events, such as the screening of a never-before-seen video by Pier Paolo Pasolini entitled Netturbini, in conjunction with AAMOD (the Audiovisual Archive of the Labour and Democratic Movement).
(Translated from Italian)