The University of Gastronomic Sciences (UNISG) in Pollenzo (province of Cuneo, Italy) on June 10-12 has organized the "Migranti Film Festival" focusing on migration in cooperation with Slow Food movement and the Municipality of Bra. The initiative is part of the MigrArti project promoted by the Italian culture minisitry
The first edition of the three-day festival includes two sections for films competing for an award. Eight feature films will compete for the ''Gianmaria Testa'' award and eight shirts for the ''Dario Fo'' prize. The productions are from 12 countries.The festival includes three sections of 20 films each not competing for an award, all focusing on travels. The festival's films were selected among 2.509 movies from 113 countries, including 174 from Italy. Jurors will include filmmakers, journalists and two students from UNISG, one from Senegal and another from Syria.
The festival will include screenings as well as events on migration, including performances, markets and lunches organized by communities of immigrants.A ''Migrant's corner'' will be dedicated to associations and migrants who can talk about their initiatives and experiences.
Cinema promotes integration
The event was created thanks to an idea of film students at the international university - set up in 2004 by the Slow Food association - who are ''used to have an education based on diversity'', said the festival's director Dario Leone, presenting the event in Rome. Cinema and food are connected, he said, because ''stories dealing with food are stories about displacement, stories without borders'' and films ''talk about migration from all points of view.
It is important to find a connection and dialogue and movies are a fundamental tool''. Carlo Petrini, the president of UNISG and Slow Food, said that, ''it is possible to change the world if young people have this strength''. The festival, he said, will focus on art as well as on ''communities, food, debate and good practices''.