RASSEGNA DEL DOCUMENTARIO E DELLA COMUNICAZIONE ARCHEOLOGICA 2021
“Rassegna del Documentario e della Comunicazione Archeologica” is a film festival where the Ancient World is shown through visual arts. It is held every year in October in Licodia Eubea, a Sicilian village in the heart of Hyblaean mountains.
The festival aims at attracting the interest of people about archaeology and its protagonists, and at making the Ancient world more appealing and understandable.
The event consists of four main activities:
- Showing documentaries, docu-fictions, and animation movies addressed to different audiences;
- Meetings with archaeologists, researchers, directors and film producers engaged in dissemination domain;
- Thematic photographic exhibitions and side-events to discover Licodia Eubea and its main attractions;
- The winning of three awards: “Premio Antonino di Vita” given by a scientific committee to people who worked to popularize the knowledge about cultural heritage; “Premio Archeoclub d’Italia”, given to the most appreciated documentary; “Premio ArcheoVisiva” given by an international quality jury to the best film screened.
Antica Trasversale Sicula. The Mother Goddess path
A trip throughout Sicily, following the path of the Ancient Siculan Crossroad, one of the most ancient in Italy. From Motia to Camarina, 650 km of roads rediscovered by a group of enthusiasts inspired from the studies of the archeologist Biagio Pace, shrouded in wilderness and history. A journey full of places, people, encounters and strong emotions, an act of love for their own land.
Cahuachi. Labyrinths in the sand
A journey through time, a tower and an astronomical clock, become a bridge that links two peoples’ lives and dreams. Cremona, a lowland city, a girl that cures the tower and Professor Orefici’s dream of bringing to light ancient civilizations in the Cahuachi desert, seal an encounter. The promise to the archeologist that they’ll meet again someday materializes in the images of this story.
Here we begin to paint with stone
‘Today people don’t like panels or mountains painted on the walls: here we begin to paint with stone’.
So Pliny the Elder testifiesthe introduction of the new mosaic technique. Great evidence of its use has been found in the imperial harbour of Claudius and Trajan in Ostia Antica. We will discover the difficult restauration work carried on a mosaic floor in one of the rooms of the late Roman baths in Portus, attended for centuries by the imperial fleet of Rome.
Ethiopia. ‘Far’ along the river
The Southern Omo Valley is a deep Africa. Time is suspended and hidden within the long past, still revealing vivid traces. Nature and man, intextricably tied together, create shapes, races and ethnic groups in a multifaceted mosaic. Westerners, let’s immediately ‘undress’ in order to really understand these ancestral souls. So, an original idea of Africa will come to life, built on the ancient pillars of magic and man’s origin.
“Anni Vinti”. The red biennium of the Iblei
Between 1920 and 1922, 21 workers were killed in Eastern Sicily. Here the protagonists of the Red Biennium were very poor and illiterate laborers organized by the Socialist Party in trade unions and cooperatives, which fascist violence soon wiped out. The gaze of the last, in this almost forgotten epic, illuminates more than one page of the history of Italy.
The inner mountain
In the Venetian countryside an old farmer lives alone with his animals. Of all, the most faithful is a donkey named Giorgio. When one day the donkey gets sick Antonio runs to ask to the young priest to go to his home to bless the animal. After his refusal the housekeeper urges him to go to the sanctuary on the mountain to seek Saint Anthony Abbot’s intercession. In doing so and if this had been the will of the Saint it would be healed.
Included among the good practices of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2018, the art of dry-stone walling shows itself in extensive and multiple ways, including thousands of kilometers of rural walls. These constructions have so many and precious values to suggest their full promotion. The documentary highlights the naturalistic, ecological and environmental functions of dry-stone rural walls, within a context of eco-sustainable agriculture and mountain neo-rurality.
This video digitally recrates the Greek colony of Naxos during the fifth century BC under the reign of Ierone of Syracuse (474 BC) when the people of Naxos, together with those of Katane, were expelled and concentrated in Leontinoi. Naxos people could only return to the city after Ierone’s death in 467/6 BC. and the subsequent fall of the tyranny. The archeological data confirms the restlessness of those years.
Lagaria: between Epeus and Kleombrotos history and legend of a Magna Graecia city
Kasa is the docufilm’s protagonist, an enotrian girl whose name was found on a Greek cup in the necropolis of the archeological site. She tells us the story of her people from the arrival of Epeo, builder of the Trojan horse and founder of Lagaria, to the confrontations with the Sybarites and the feasts, dances and rites in honor of the goddess Athena and the Olympian Kleombrotos, which took place on the acropolis, until the decline and eventually the fall of Sybaris.
The forgotten refuge
On the outskirts of Caen, some archeologists are studying an extended underground quarry. Thousands of objects, scattered on the ground are the forgotten remains of people who took refuge here to protect themselves from allied bombing, in June 1944. At that time, Yvette Lethimonier was 12 years old.
Today, Yvette came back to this refuge. With archeologists, she descends more than 20 mt underground, to make peace with a past that still hurts. For the archeologists, her testimony is really precious.
Emma Bouvard-Mor, archaeo-anthropologist at the Lyon Archaeological Service, questions the different possible destinations of the human remains she exhumes, according to scientific and ethical expectations. ‘Our Remains’ explores the different stages of scientific work on ancient human remains. One of the projects of the Emma’s director is to create an archeological ossuary in a cemetery of Lyon. In the course of Emma’s speech, we can also wonder about the place we give to the ancient dead in the city.
In this episode of ‘Sicilia svelata’ the lecturer Jean Paul Barreaud invites us, to discover the medieval castle of Poggiodiana near Ribera (AG). On the basis of observation, conjecture and hypothesis, he entrusts the stones with the task of transmitting their knowledge. The second part is dedicated to the study, to cement the knowledge on the emotional bases of the primary/primordial adventure. Like when, in France, he taught music with the Orff method. A joyful return to childhood.
Who wrote the Bible ? A mystery revealed
The Bible is the greatest bestseller of all time. But the Old Testament, the pillar of the three monotheistic religions, is also one of the greatest mysteries of history. When was the Bible written? By whom? Under what circumstances? With what objective? These questions remained unanswered for a long time, but the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947, the study of the texts, the progress of science and recent archaeological discoveries are gradually lifting the veil on this mystery.
Songs of the Water Spirits
Ladakh is an Indian region that is facing a deep process of transformation, constantly oscillating between its vocation of being a land of arcane and mystical traditions, and an uncontrolled progress that is destructive for the environment and is alienating its inhabitants. Brave and visionary minds are however working to overcome this dualism by proposing a virtuous mediation: giving value to the incentives of a modernity that does not imply an anthropological mutation. Can we learn from this lab?
On the trail of heritage. The reasons for archaeology
Archaeology, industry, agriculture, building lots. Since the 1960s, the reasons of archaeology have often come into conflict with those of the industrial, agricultural and urban development. Who has defended them? And with what results? Testimonies and archive footage bring to life in this documentary the exemplary stories of conflicts, discoveries and the safeguarding of our archaeological heritage. With some of the most illustrious protagonists such as Dinu Adamesteanu, Mario Napoli and Mario Torelli.
Thalassa, the story
In an unprecedented way, the documentary directed by Antonio Longo and written by Longo with Salvatore Agizza, reveals the path of archaeological research in the sea of Southern Italy, alternating past and present thanks to archive footage from Rai Teche and testimonies of pioneers of underwater exploration, in connection with archaeological finds gathered for the first time in a single exhibition: Thalassa, meraviglie sommerse dal Mediterraneo (MANN, Naples).
The Antikythera Cosmos
The Antikythera Research Team at University College London (UCL) struggle to create a model of the front of the Antikythera Mechanism, discovered by Greek sponge divers in 1901. The film follows the stages of this scientific detective story as the team solve a fiendish 3D jigsaw puzzle to create a compelling reconstruction of the Greek Cosmos. The investigations reveal a creation of genius – combining cycles from Babylonian astronomy, mathematics from Plato’s Academy and ancient Greek astronomical theories.
The trace of time
The Trace of Time is a film about time, memory, nostalgia. A film about the beauty of archeology and excavation through the post-mortem portrait of archeologist Yannis Sakellarakis. A journey in search of a man who is no longer present, through the trace he left in the places he had been to, and the people he met. A cinematic excavation that brings to light an image through fragments and traces, just like archeology does.
Viarium. Paesaggi culturali dell’Ager Bantinus
As part of the project to study the area between the castle of Monteserico and Palazzo San Gervasio, commissioned by the ABAP Superintendency of Basilicata and the ‘D’Errico’ Art Gallery and Library, the docu-film Viarium, telling the story of 29 sites along the ancient Appian Way. Advanced reconstructive techniques, 3D and storytelling to represent in a simple and immediate form ancient contexts that are no longer visible. An important tool to trigger new forms of cultural tourism and sustainable growth.