The drastic reduction in migrants’ arrivals in Italy in 2019 was accompanied by highly restrictive legislative changes, by political campaigns against workers dealing with the reception of migrants, and by the spread of suspicion towards “the other”, which often led to acts of actual racism. But, at the same time, there was the reaction of open communities in which a shared memory of mobility, contamination and cross-cultural ties has produced new responses to this uncertain and fragile present.
“Fare comunità” (Community-building) is the title of Crocevia di Sguardi, which this year reaches its 16th edition, for the first time in an online form, in response to the COVID-19 crisis and in compliance with preventive measures. Community-building is addressed in the documentaries and discussed in relation to various aspects, such as changes in gender roles, discourses on race and forms of both forced mobility and immobility.
The program is enriched by the workshop on doing social research and telling reality through audiovisuals, which will take place 10th November with director Enrico Masi.
All the documentaries will be accessible upon registration on the Festivalscope platform, and the seminars will be broadcasted in live streaming on the Crocevia di Sguardi Facebook page. Three events can be attended in person: the opening night at Cinema Massimo (Tuesday 13th October), the workshop on directing at Piccolo Cinema, (Tuesday 10th November), and the closing evening at Cecchi Point (Thursday 19th November), where the necessary security measures will be implemented. However, these events will also be accessible online, through the Facebook direct.
Pietro Cingolani and Francesco Giai Via