On Friday 14th June, at the assembly hall of the Valle di Sole Community Fondazione Franco Demarchi held a public presentation of the results achieved in their pilot regions in the frame of the PlurAlps Project. Antonio Cristoforetti from the Franco Demarchi Foundation, Michele Bezzi, from the Val di Sole Youth Project - APPM onlus, Luciana Pedergnana from the Valle di Sole Community, Marcello Liboni representing Valle di Sole Libraries / Studies for Val di Sole and Stefania Ferriolo by Yummy Media have taken part as keynote speakers. The aim of the initiatives of the pilot project, carried out last summer, was to concretely experiment an active involvement of the new Alpine citizens, through the knowledge of the uses, traditions and economic activities of the territory. In Valle di Sole, through the general coordination of the Demarchi Foundation, three specific paths were undertaken. The first was dedicated to young people and was managed by the Youth Project Val di Sole, educational service of the Provincial Association for Minor Onlus, in order to give visibility and test traditional activities that characterize the Val di Sole. These activities are milk processing, timber processing and the gastronomic sector related to agricultural and livestock products. The second, with the involvement of the Valle di Sole Libraries and the Study Center for Val di Sole, was dedicated to the knowledge of some autobiographical stories of new “solandri” – the inhabitants of Val di Sole - that have been living in the valley for many years and that are integrated in the valley. Finally, the third path was organized by the Communità di Valle, a local administrative body, through the direct involvement of the councilor for social policies, Ms. Luciana Pedergnana, During a meeting local culinary traditions were shared with the new residents. These three paths have been presented also thanks to the testimonies of the protagonists and the screening of three video-documentaries shot during the various meetings by video maker Stefania Ferriolo.

Videos:

“Pluralism in the Alps, the paths followed by youths”- European project PlurAlps

Video made within the framework of the European project “PlurAlps- Enhancing capacities for a pluralistic Alpine Space”. This transnational project has collected ten partners coming from all the alpine countries, as well as Fondazione Franco Demarchi. It is aimed at promoting pluralism as a value, developing and enhancing good practices, knowledge and awareness for the integration of any kind of migrant people in the alpine space. Some second-generation youths living in Val di Non and Val di Sole share their integration stories through short Q&A interviews. The protagonists of this video share their views on topics as: education, jobs and their families. The first part of the video is focused on the experience of some students and graduated students of UPT high school based in Cles, Val di Non. The second part of the video features, instead, some youngsters living in Val di Sole attending, or that used to attend, the youth centre APPM onlus. The general feeling emerging from the interviews is that the group living in Val di Non wants to remain in the valley, while the one living in Val di Sole wants to explore the world outside the valley. The opposite desires of growing new roots in the valley and moving away from it, discovering new spaces, could depend on several factors. One reason could be the difference between Val di Non and Val di Sole economic background: the first valley is, indeed, more industrialised, whereas the second one is more focused on tourism. The different desires could also depend on the education paths followed by the interviewed youths (in Val di Non a professional high school; in Val di Sole a tourist-catering one), as well as, on the age of the youngsters. In fact, two interviewed girls living in Val di Non are married and mothers of young children and express their satisfaction in having new roots in a considered to be safe territory.

“Cinema and Migration”- European project PlurAlps

Video made within the framework of the European project “PlurAlps- Enhancing capacities for a pluralistic Alpine Space”. This transnational project has collected ten partners coming from all the alpine countries, as well as Fondazione Franco Demarchi. It is aimed at promoting pluralism as a value, developing and enhancing good practices, knowledge and awareness for the integration of any kind of migrant people in the alpine space. Fatou, a Senegales girl born in Cles who collaborates with Fondazione Franco Demarchi, introduces two episodes of this video both focused on training courses dealing with cinema as a tool for integration. The first one features Aliona, a young woman coming from Moldavia, who took part in “Cinema Stories”, a training project created by the International Cooperation Centre based in Trento. She talks about the training course during which she has witnessed and shared her migration experience at Pilati high school in Cles; Marco, “Cinema Stories” coordinator at Trento Centre, provides further details about methods and aims of this cinema related training project. The second episode sees Razi and Soheila Mohebi, two famous Afghan-Iranian movie-directors, founders of “Sociocinema” association, explaining the work done with some students of the high school UPT, based in Cles, Val di Non, during the video-making workshop “Cantiere Cinema”. The young students have investigated topics such as: territory, mountains, youth, family, prejudice, racism and migration. 

“Food, employment, integration”- European project PlurAlps

Video made within the framework of the European project “PlurAlps- Enhancing capacities for a pluralistic Alpine Space”. This transnational project has collected ten partners coming from all the alpine countries; the partner from Trentino is Fondazione Franco Demarchi. It is aimed at promoting pluralism as a value, developing and enhancing good practices, knowledge and awareness for the integration of any kind of migrant people in the alpine space. Migrant people coming from Gambia, Pakistan, India, Bosnia and Albania, and now settled down in Val di Non and Val di Sole, share their path of integration. Their jobs, linked to food related sector, has led them to be in touch with local communities, then becoming part of them. Food is, in fact, the topic connecting the collected interviews. In this video the migrant storytellers express different degrees of awareness of their migration and integration path. Two women, who have settled down in Val di Sole more than 10 years ago, reach the highest degree of awareness. They decided to share their migration experience with their local community during “talking books”, an event focused on storytelling. 

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