The Garden of all Flowers
A constant mission of our festival has been to promote social inclusion and support the rights of all individuals regardless of their nationality, their sexual orientatation, the ideology they adhere to, and perhaps even their species. We continue the tradition this year in a section dedicated to combatting discrimination and celebrating diversity, the most kaleidoscopic of the festival’s sections, as it brings together authors and characters coming from the most varied of origins.
Nature itself is based on diversity and on complex principles of complementarity and interaction between organisms. In a similar manner, the evolution of society was driven by constructive differences between groups and individuals, enriching the spectrum of humanity and of the things which we create.
Certain films in this section tackle the problem of discrimination directly, as shows “Threshold,” which follows the gender transition of a Brazilian teenager, but also “Interno 167,” which documents the outskirts of Naples, a place perceived by the collective imaginary as haunted by the Neapolitan mafia Camorra, but where, in actuality, we discover one of the warmest and friendliest of communities.
Some films in the section, such as “Children of the Mist” and “The Terrible Children,” advocate for children’s rights but are also complemented by other films promoting diversity in more indirect ways, not being concerned with specific groups, but rather inspiring a form of humanism that encourages a multiplicity of perspectives on every level. Such a triumph of humanism is “The Balcony Movie” by Paweł Łoziński, filmed from the balcony of the director’s apartment over several years. The film captures spontaneous dialogues he has with passers-by, who, in time, turn from strangers to friends.
The filmmakers in this section play with the distance between the camera and its subjects, deconstructing prejudiced opinions and making us think about life as it is in all its shapes and colours.