The Tales of The Black Saint / I Racconti del Santo Nero

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55 Minutes


Angelina and Aida have been managing a life-size “ex votos” shop in a small village in Sicily for 50 years. People from the whole province gather for three days at the end of August to celebrate the cult of a black saint, Saint Calogero, famous worldwide for his ability to heal physical and spiritual wounds and perform wondrous miracles. The migrant Saint, who came from Turkey through the Mediterranean sea in poverty and learned his healing power while traveling, is respected by atheists and believers in the whole of Sicily for his ability to perform hopeless healings and bring people together. People gather in San Salvatore di Fitalia to place a demand in the form of a vow. One year on, they walk all night in the darkness to bring life-size “ex votos”* to the saint in exchange for the miracle received. They join a three-days long procession, which keeps the village awake day and night, giving life to a sense of collective spiritual fever which affects everyone, from children to old people. In a world suspended between the real and the surreal, the pagan and the sacred, the timeless and the impermanent, Angelina and Aida hold secrets of vows and miracles, stories of intimate, burning desires, and mysterious and unusual events that constellate their lives and those of the pilgrims. Through their undying attachment to the black saint, they reveal the power of the metaphor of a migrant man, whose resilience and courage still serve as an example and inspiration to those who migrate from one to the other side of the sea.


Bioskop Date Time
Metropole XXI Minggu, November 21 2021 12 : 15 - Studio 4


Ludovica Fales
Ludovica is a director and multimedia artist, also with experience as a producer and production assistant for the BBC and Al Jazeera. Graduated in Philosophy between Italy and Germany and subsequently graduated in documentary cinema in the United Kingdom, where she also obtained a doctorate in Audiovisual Studies with a thesis on interactive narratives, in co-supervision with Italy, Ludovica has been collaborating for years with the documentary festival circuit, as a programmer and teacher, promoting the role of women, the poetics of memory and integration, the literacy of young people through the media. Lecturer in documentary theory and practice, experimental and interactive film at UCL in London since 2015 and now also at Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, Ludovica works internationally, has a dual identity of director and academic which led her to become interested in the exploration of memory and personal and collective, also through the use of archival material, new media and installation practices. Since 2019 Ludovica has also graduated in kundalini yoga in the United Kingdom and has undertaken a course of herbal medicine study to learn about plants and their characteristics. Ludovica is working on her hybrid film "Lala" and has started working on the residential project "Il Ritiro" in the Tuscan countryside, in which the knowledge and practices of the earth and the mind will come together to nurture forms of exploration and experimentation of artistic practices that combine innovation and sustainability.

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