EDITION III – 22 April / 27 May 2015
The third edition of Documentary Month (Mese del Documentario) marks an important turning point. It is perhaps no longer necessary to keep emphasising that documentary film-making has become the most dynamic area of contemporary visual and narrative experimentation, or that this genre has reached staggering heights of courage and originality in Italy. It is now clear to all that documentaries are no longer a marginal category. Over recent years, and not without considerable effort, documentaries have cast off their status of niche genre, breaking out of the shackles imposed by out-dated definitions and preconceptions.
Documentaries are now in demand. This is in some small part due to events like ours, events that have always tried to create a bridge between a new and diversified audience and the world of cinema del reale directors and producers. The audience is no longer an introspective community of specialists, colleagues and friends, but a truly open global audience.
These were our objectives two years ago when we launched Documentary Month. The public has proved us right: more than 3,000 spectators in 2013 and more than 10,000 in 2014 when we extended our reach beyond Rome to 13 other cities in Italy and across Europe.
Documentary Month reshaped its artistic direction this year, the result of close collaboration between Doc/It and 100autori, but the mission and spirit of Christian Carmosino’s and Emma Rossi Landi’s leadership of the first two editions remains unchanged. In the face of a reduction in our budget, we decided to focus our efforts on renewal and to build on the strength derived from collaboration with our partners: Casa del Cinema, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia and, as of this year, the Apulia Film Commission, as well as a host of institutes, associations and businesses from across Italy. Documentary Month will therefore have a presence in many new cities right across Italy, from Trieste in the north to Noto in the south, and reaching out as far as London and Paris. We have had to suspend Doc/International this year, but only for this year. However, we are proud to announce that we have joined the European network Moving Docs, a project that will see five documentaries screened across Europe, each linked to a themed European day.
This shows that Documentary Month not only has a clear direction but is always looking for new opportunities to extend its outreach, going where audiences have a real thirst for documentaries, to large cities and small towns, at home and abroad, secure in our conviction that our efforts will continue to enhance, year after year, the growing visibility and exposure of Italy’s most dynamic film genre, taking it out of the shadows forever and into the limelight it deserves.
Gerardo Panichi, Luca Scivoletto