Monday, 02 May 2022 11:27

On the last day of Verde Giffoni, pigs and sea turtles stimulated reflection on the need to save the planet with ONE EARTH - Everything is connected and MAN KIND MAN

A planet to be saved, protecting all the elements that make it up: this is the message that emerged from the screening of the last two films of Verde Giffoni, the event aimed at the preservation of the planet and addressed to Generation Z.  As part of the "In&Out Society" section, Francesco De Augustinis' film One earth - Tutto è connesso (Everything is connected) was presented in the Sala Verde in collaboration with Roma Green Film Fest and Green Movie Festival.

Seen from the outside, they don't even look like breeding farms: they are blocks of concrete, several floors high, hidden in an earth quarry, in the center of a mountain in the remote heart of China. Within them, a hyper-intensive production of pigs, destined to supply the increasing Chinese demand for pork. Around this hyper-technological farm that is a symbol of human progress, a story unfolds, touching the four corners of the planet.  It shows how the global food system is irreversibly compromising the fragile balance of the planet and contributing to the current global crises (climate change, epidemics, the collapse of biodiversity).

"It's a pleasure to be in Giffoni, I think it's the perfect context for the film” - director Francesco De Augustinis told the audience. The film is divided into chapters, yet it has a circular structure. I felt I needed to make my contribution to the debate. The same concepts are expressed in a contrasting way in order to give rise to different ideas and to show all the facets of such a delicate issue. We're used to thinking about one crisis at a time and about the little things that need to be done, and that's frustrating. The aim of this film is to show that there is an urgent need for a systemic, total restructuring. Hyper production and hyper consumption have a crucial effect on the equilibrium of the planet. Individual choice is certainly very important, many small steps can be taken, but I reckon this is not enough. We need to talk about it more and better. If many individuals make organic choices, companies will have to adjust to it at some point. The grouping of so many individual choices then influences public opinion, so that every field will become aware of what  has to be done".

Marino Midena, artistic director of Roma Green Film Fest and Green Movie Festival, said: "Two things disturbed me the most while watching the testimonies of this documentary, namely the usage of the terms animal welfare and inefficiency: they are interpreted in a completely different way from how I have always considered them. How can you talk about welfare? They are squeezed into a few inches, they are deprived of everything. The director has made great efforts to portray the future. This film should be watched to help us think".

In the Sala Blu, Man kind man by Iacopo Patierno was screened in collaboration with Clorofilla festival. Two Caretta Caretta sea turtles are found beached on the coastline of Lazio and urgently transported to the Anton Dhorn sea turtle hospital in Portici. While the turtles are being cared for, with the hope of being released in the spring, Luca collects sand in the Gulf of Naples and tries to clean it from the soil left over from a motocross race; it is the material he uses to create his paintings. A paddle enters the crystal waters of the River Sarno. It is Aniello, who pushes his kayak towards the first signs of illegally dumped waste; Franco contemplates the sea and collects two plastic petals found on the beach. Is it all true or are the two turtles dreaming? "Indifference must be fought, we need to nurture beauty - the director told the young people - We must respect what surrounds us without being obsessed with consumption and have a vision of the world that goes beyond ourselves, thinking of those who will come after us. This film is about my love for my land and I hope that it can always be improved". Patierno then wanted to share a memory: "My interest in environmental issues was born when, as a child, our teachers took us on a trip to see the waterfalls of the Sarno River. But you couldn't see the falls because they were covered in foam. I was struck by their indifference: they didn't tell us about the pollution, as if it was absolutely normal. And that's what's wrong. We need to change our mindset if we want to save the planet".