On May 16th the videos made by video maker Stefania Ferriolo and produced by Yummy Media and the short films of the laboratory "Cantiere cinema" were presented at the UPT Professional Training School in Cles. The film protagonists, directors, students and teachers of the school and all interested parties took part in the event. The film directors Razi Mohebi and Sohelia Javaheri were also present. On this occasion, the first results of the three-year European project PlurAlps, of which the Franco Demarchi Foundation is a partner, were shared.

The aim of the transnational project "PlurAlps", which involves ten partners from all Alpine countries, is to promote the value of pluralism and the development and improvement of practices, knowledge and awareness regarding the integration of all types of migrants in the areas of the Alps. The pilot project led by Fondazione Franco Demarchi deals with social cohesion, with the promotion of spaces for peaceful coexistence between citizens that had been living in a territory for a long time and the newcomers, with the enhancement of the local resources and the recovery of mountain traditions. The project ctivities aimed to develop a culture of hospitality in Val di Non and Val di Sole, two Communities in Trentino in which the awareness of the residents about the importance of the integration of foreigners is considered lower than in large urban areas and where the attraction potential of the territory is not always promoted.

Building on this Stefania Ferriolo shot three videos. Her work started from the scrupulous collection of interviews and testimonies of stories of migration in Valle di Sole and Valle di Non. Two of these stories were presented at the UPT in Cles, while the third video was shown at the evening of June 14th organized in Malè, in the main office of the Comunità di Valle.

The first short film, entitled "Cinema and Migration", highlights how cinema can be an instrument of integration in Val di Non. The protagonists are Aliona, a Moldavian lady who participated in the initiative "Storie da Cinema", a project of the Centre for International Cooperation of Trento, Marco, coordinator of the project at the Centre, Razi and Soheila Mohebi, the Afghan-Iranian directors who involved the children of the UPT of Cles in the training activity "Cantiere Cinema", and Fatou, a collaborator of the Fondazione Franco Demarchi, born in Cles from a family of Senegalese origins. The second video, entitled "Valli plurali", tells the story of the protagonists' integration in the communities, at school, at work and with their family of origin, revealing a certain contrast between the desire to take root and the desire to explore new areas beyond the valley.

Other short films will be showcased: "Professors and Experiences" and "Behind the Tent...", shot by some students of UPT, who participated in "Cantiere Cinema", the workshop led by the directors Razi and Soheila Mohebi, founders of the association Sociocinema. Their workshop is a training course that provided the basic rules of shooting, a tool that then allowed the participants to tell and share stories and direct testimonies through images.

Mr. Walter Iori, Dean of the UPT of Cles, the video maker Stefania Ferriolo, the director Razi Mohebi and the assistant director Paola Marcolini, the coordinator of the project PlurAlps Antonio Cristoforetti, as well as some protagonists of the videos made attended the event.

All the videos will soon be available on the Franco Demarchi Foundation's YouTube channel.


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