June 7, 2012 § Leave a comment
Producing documentary films is something more than putting together some images. It is a way of doing research, to me. Documentarian film makers usually follows path a researcher does. First of all they look for a subject they are interested in. Secondly they put together things apparently have no point to be together. Thirdly they write down a proposal which combines such apparently different things. After that they develop those ideas following a path chosen to reply a answer author nurtures as the most important question related to the subject. That will be structure for any continuity. Developing both a research and a documentary film one should ask herself or himself Am I answering my main question interviewing those people or would be better to speak to those others? I am convinced a documentarian with a relevant experience is part of the academic environment even if she or he is not actually working with Universities. Universities should give value to documentarian film makers in order to support and make documentarian people recognized as much as they deserve. For instance I had the pleasure of speaking of my experience as a documentarian to IJEP and I felt significantly recognized and listened. I felt as if I finally were part of my environment I have been always been with, which is the most committed to explore and talk about subjects just a University can develop. Here is the link to buy my IJEP Interview.
Interview with Movie Producer and Director Andrée Rossi Maroso on the Use of the Internet to Support Her Artistic and Political Work
Celia Romm Livermore (Wayne State University, USA)
To obtain a copy of the entire interview, click on the link below.
To read a PDF sample of this interview, click on the link below.
May 25, 2012 § Leave a comment
The day one decides one wants to change her or his life because one is fed up of a country where there is no room for people with excellent skills and attitudes, who want to contribute to society for common good, nowadays that is absolutely complicated.
I have been exploring western world living in many areas such as New York, The Netherlands, Tuscany, London and Milan and I can sum up many concerns I have about equal opportunities or even about opportunities per se.
I have been reading a article which compares Schools in Finland and in the USA. I read Italy differently from Finland finds itself at the 29th place in terms of PISA tests. Some months ago I read people from the North of Italy are as good as their peers in the rest of Europe in such a test. I was born in Milan, I attended good catholic school but people abroad consider my passport and not my study career, I am afraid.
When I read those articles I am shocked. I feel as if I grew up in a third world country. But then I realize they are not talking about me. No article talks about me and about Italian people who are competitive and who have excellent skills. Despite the fact that I studied a lot and I never gave up because I believe in lifelong learning, I realize Italy and Italians are always considered as ignorant and lazy people. This is not true for some people, who are obliged to leave that awful country. We are destined to move from country to country without rest because of our passport ,which declares something false. There are a lot of people who are not Italians despite their passport, if Italian means ignorant, lazy, mafia, machiavellian, cheating, narrow minded, not reliable, stuck in the past people.
January 3, 2012 § Leave a comment
Aura is not so beautiful girl to be the most important character of the film and her beautiful friend is absolutely odd and just silly. Aura has just come back home from her college, just graduated, just arrived, just not part of the family anymore.
This amazing independent film is really well directed and shot. Lights are inspiring and locations are empty like Aura’s life. Aura’s mother embodies perfect not freak anymore mother who reached success doing photos and who doesn’t know how to be a mother at all. She only put her just arrived daughter in the position of feeling a loser because she is a good professional and the daughter isn’t.
Failures and failures after going back home. That’s life for new generation who can not find room for working, leaving, paying bills, having babies because there is economical crisis and there is no job for anyone young at all.
At least, mother gives a roof and food and fuel. That’s great. Even when Nora tries to be hostess at the restaurant. Sadly she earns 179 dollars and something. She can’t be compared with her mother who didn’t even tried to have a different job during her life. She didn’t need to do that because when she was the same age of her daughter there were room for people who wanted to be photographer to live. Good for her, bad for Aura, and for us.
Entering the adult age without hope is not so easy. Thank you the director for conveying this situation so well. This is a lovely film and even credits are extremely cute.
January 3, 2012 § Leave a comment
Although Rochel and Nasira grew up and live in Brooklyn, New York, they not only are religious but they are even orthodox. This films helps people like me who do not believe in religions and they fight for feminism to better understand other people’s choices and respect them.
Rachel lives with her orthodox Jewish family. So does Nasira, who is part of a muslim family. Both of them teach at elementary school in Brooklyn and they ended up in the same class. They become closer facing a superficial and disrespectful head-teacher who tries to patronize both women giving them suggestions in order to be part of the so called “free” society. She even gives lessons about her idea of feminism which actually is connected to clothes and superficial stuff. The lady sooner become the only bad example of behavior in this splendid film.
Also this independent film is really good acted. Rochel is a discrete but really determined person and Nasira not only is thoughtful and generous friend but also she is extremely open-minded and she tries to balance her point of view with the one of her religion. Despite religious rules, those women are really independent. This is the most important thing this film is able to depict.
Plot is delicate and dialogues are not banal at all. If someone fears a stereotyped script can go for this film free of doubts. It is interesting to figure out if a situation like this would be possible outside New York. Maybe not yet, but it is a good start, I’d say. I strongly recommend to watch this film in order to better listen and understand each others learning that religious people can be interesting too.
November 9, 2011 § Leave a comment
We all know how to read. Right.
But we see more moving images than words nowadays. Do we know how to see them? Do we feel like we have acquired literacy about that?
Do we know how to watch something properly? Without being passive in front of moving images?
Amongst tons and tons of moving images, we should start from films, because they are the best quality of moving images society knows.
First of all, we must forget popcorn and beverages.
Think about it: we can not even hear dialogues if we eat or drink, can’t we!
So, let’s concentrate and start the film.
Many things we can know about a film are clear from film credits.
So let’s strat from the credits.
The atmosphere, the flavour you will find all the film long are hidden at the very beginning.
Start to watch whatsoever film and think about titles. What do they convey? What do they imply? Which atmosphere do they suggest?
Try to do this exercise and please tell us what you find out.