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GABRIEL BENIGNI

GABRIEL BENIGNI
GABRIEL BENIGNI
Photo by Ilaria Magliocchetti Lombi
GABRIEL BENIGNI
GABRIEL BENIGNI

Perhaps more than the cruel yet pious poetry of Pasolini’s “borgate”, more than certain films by Moretti, Fellini and Verdone, the bestillustration of the combination of despairing love and tangible hatred felt by Romans for their city is Remo Remotti’s celebrated performance of Mamma Roma, addio.

There’s a fracture between the inhabitants and the inhabited places, most evident in the outlying areas and aggravated by the difficulty of dialogue between cultures, which projects such as Mammaroma TV are attempting to mend. The idea is simple yet daring: to create a platform and put it in the hands of young people on the verge of adulthood, mentoring them after having trained them in the various tasks of TV production: direction, presenting, scriptwriting - and giving them plenty of creative freedom in their narration of themselves and the neighbourhoods where they live. The focus is on teamwork and diversity of content, which encompasses every aspect of life in the district: from art to work, from chronicle to debate. This is an updated version of the local TV stations, which uses subjectivity and a youthful slant to facilitate a new awareness of the local area and intercultural integration, particularly among young people who belong to the so-called second generation. Afterwards on social media, the individual experiences featured on the portal find infinite reverberations and connections, leading not only to the creation of a virtual city, but also to the exporting of the platform’s philosophy beyond the city’s borders. The aim is not closed-minded localism, but a healthy pride in the urban environment, an awareness of the active role of young people through their liberation from stereotyping and prejudice.

 

The has been written by Simone Ungaro, writer.

 

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