letter of the
Film Festival goes on. The passion and the engagement of a group of
cinéphiles for good cinema and the pleasures of the table keeps on joining
and promoting a “double” festival, set in one of the most intriguing national
panoramas, the Langa. Talking about taste through the vision:
eating and drinking are primary needs of human beings, sources of pleasure,
social relations, sharing, solidarity; seeing and observing a powerful mean of
communication and verification of reality.
cannot lose sight of its purpose of being an inexhaustible container of
acquaintance, movement of ideas and encounter. And Food in Film Festival
cannot forget to be cinema, travelling through an articulate path to become
food of health and culture. Moreover, they cannot shirk these current times,
so controversial and restless in the existing resources’ solid use, resigned to
a mediocre comparison about knowledge, invaded by television and media, in which
cross-sectional memories vanish silently.
this third edition we have decided to speak about hunger; about
primary existential assets – such as water – violated
and commercialized; about heresies (from the Greek
“choice”) as a necessity of new possibilities and social capabilities; about
recoveries of hieratic resources - an adjective whose meaning we
remind with difficulty, nevertheless perfectly adapted to the jobs’ contents –
as the best part of things, like ancient wisdoms’ essence, rigour, substance
without redundancy, that draws on the fundamental taste and, again, what sacred
we have ab origine; about the stainless binomial eros -
cibus - secular philosophies, languages of extraordinary excellence
and expressive raw materials from the silver screen and life.
beginning of the ‘800 nobody believed that it was possible to supply sufficient
food to all the inhabitants of the world. Today, thanks to science and
technology’s development, world-wide agriculture would be able to feed twelve
billion people. The world-wide population amounts to six billions... but every
day 100.000 people die of hunger or because of diseases caused by malnutrition.
Jean Ziegler, university professor of economy at the university of Geneva
and the Sorbonne of Paris, chosen by the United Nations Commission for the Human
Rights as a reporter of the committee for the right to food,
presented a series of studies about the problem of the hunger in the developing
countries. In his work
L’empire de la
[The Empire of Shame] he writes: "In northern Brazilian favelas,
there are mothers who fill up a water pot at night, and then add some stones.
They explain their children who cry because of hunger that dinner will be ready
soon, hoping they will fall asleep in the meantime". Is there someone capable of
measuring the same a mother, with a child she cannot sate, feels? Hunger
becomes therefore an arm of mass destruction, used in order to crush and
Conference for the Human Rights held in Vienna in 1993 stated, among the others,
"the right to have enough food that become true when every man,
woman and child, can have an adequate nourishment or means to get it. It means
food’s availability in amount and quality, in order to satisfy everybody’s
dietetic need, according to everyone’s culture. This right has an indissoluble
bond with the human being’s dignity”. In 1990 he had founded a special group in
order to create a new international legislative standard capable of guaranteeing
the right to food, immediately blocked by the major multinational enterprises.
The choice of a sustainable development is not a maniac ecologists’ obsession,
but a practicable way to get out of the morass we’re sinking in. Economy is the
only way to solve hunger when it is create by the economy itself. Economy -
environment - culture.
Federico Garcia Lorca in his Speech about the theatre, we can feel cinema
like one of the most effective cultural modern means of understanding, a free
tribune from which people can denounce and explain... Careful and well
oriented, it can change people’s sensibility; on the contrary, it can benumb and
coarsen an entire nation, if it doesn’t know how to depict social restlessness,
pulsations of history, the drama of its people.
How can a film
– and food- festival take part on this? Showing all this, and -
specific peculiarity of this area and event - without haste, without forcing
itself to a kermes or to anachronistic society rituals. Having the time to
drink, to meet and to listen to each other. Creating places, hypothesis,
situations, dreams in which tasting and watching can become cues and little hems
of one constant stubborn net of human solidarity of life and customs. Because
food belongs to everybody, it is an inalienable right of survival and
conscience. Without the fast necessity to forget, contributing to an
avant-guarde of aware humanity.