Schedule 2022


Mente Locale – Visioni sul territorio From 15th to 20th november 2022

Festival previews: friday october 28th 2022, wednesday november 9th 2022

The first italian festival dedicated to the discovery of the many ways of describing a territory with documentary cinema language | IX Edition

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Where to find us:

Cinemax Bazzano (BO), Auditorium DAMSLAB Bologna, Cinema Vittoria Loiano (BO), Cinema Bristol Savignano sul Panaro (MO), Teatro/Cinema Comunale Ittiri (SS), Teatro Fabbri Vignola (MO), Rocca di Vignola, Palazzo Barozzi Vignola

The festival is also visible in streaming on platform

The Festival, 9th Edition

Mente Locale – Visioni sul territorio is a festival born and raised in the territories of Bologna and Modena dedicated to the discovery of the many ways of describing a territory with documentary cinema language. Now in its ninth edition, the festival combines an international selection of competing films with a strong focus on places and relationships. The 19 titles in competition this year offer many different looks, different stories and places, taking us to an Iran in which a young woman struggles to find her own way, dividing herself between the city and a countryside in which tradition has the sweet sound of the music, up to Tuscany of the shepherds who emigrated from Sardinia. From the mountains of Mario Rigoni Stern to the China of the golden triangle; from the chestnut woods to be preserved to the Romagna of ‘liscio’ music culture; from agriculture in Congo to the stories of those who remain in an internal Abruzzo that is depopulated, to a road movie on a bus from Germany to Mali and much more, in a selection that shows how more and more the language of the documentary has expanded its borders.
This is the spirit of the festival, to be in our beautiful territory eager to discover others, discuss and savor, to ‘think locally’ together. Good visions and good territory!

All the screenings and meetings are free and take place in compliance with the health regulations in force. The program may undergo variations independent of our will.
All the films in competition are also visible in streamingon the platform at the page, the day after the screening in the theater starting from 10 am.

Festival Previews

Friday October 28th 2022
7.30 pm – in collaboration with Mab Teatro, Movied’Ittiri, Foundation of Sardinia and Sardegna Film Commission – Theater / Cinema Comunale Ittiri (SS)

Il sapore della terra
by Giulio Filippo Giunti – 56 ‘- Italy 2021
A mosaic of voices and places that reflects the slow pace of the land’s work over the seasons and the charm of a centuries-old culture guarded in the shadow of majestic castles.

Porpora by Roberto Cannavò – 60’ – Italy 2021
The battles of ’77, the crazy Roman nights, political commitment. On a road trip, the leader of the trans movement, Porpora Marcasciano, relives her political and humanistic education alongside Vittorio, a witness from a new generation. The journey towards her southern hometown is an exploration to discover the effects of that period on the present, between intimate stories and encounters with historical figures from the trans movement and the “femminielli” community of Naples.

At the end of the screenings, meeting with the producer Marilisa Murgia

Wednesday november 9th 2022
8.30 pm – in collaboration with Reggio Film Festival – Cinemax Bazzano (BO)

Nutriti di Fragole
by Alessandro Scillitani – 50’ – Italy 2022
From unconventional voice to environmental precursor, the film tells of Paride Allegri, a former partisan and activist who, by planting trees in protest, sowed the seeds of green sensitivity on the streets of Reggio Emilia in the 1960s.

Il sapore della terra by Giulio Filippo Giunti – 56’ – Italy 2021
A mosaic of voices and places that reflects the slow pace of the land’s work over the seasons and the charm of a centuries-old culture guarded in the shadow of majestic castles.

At the end, a toast to the 2022 festival with tasting of the products of the Terre dei Castelli Union

Tuesday november 15th 2022


ore 16.30 – in collaboration with Dipartimento delle Arti Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna and DAMSLab – Auditorium DAMSLab, Bologna

Working with the archives for the narration of the territory – Panel

Berchidda in the archives of the Jazz Festival – with Gianfranco Cabiddu, Paolo Fresu, Michele Mellara, Alessandro Rossi, Paolo Simoni
The history of the territory in the photographic archives of the Italian Touring Club – Silvestro Serra
Documentando: for a digital archive of the documentary – Enza Negroni

Wednesday november 16th 2022


5.00 pm – online Platform Docacasa and facebook page of the festival

Round table with the authors of the documentaries in competition at festival Mente locale – Visioni sul Territorio 2022


Nowhere People by Zhandong Ma – 4h 13’- China 2022

Italian Premiere – o.v. with english subtitles

A colossal documentary shot between 2005 and 2020 that returns images and living conditions of the Golden Triangle. During the land reform and Cultural Revolution in China, many people fled to these lands, which became the largest gathering place in the region for people of Han nationality. A place of the marginalized, an “enclave” without identity. The story of the generational cycle of “drugs”, the difficulties of the people in a place where survival is the only goal for the people who live there.

Nowhere People will be on streaming on the platform docacasa.it starting from 10.00 am of november 17th until 10.00 am of november 20th.


From 8.30 pm – Cinemax Bazzano (BO)

Akouchetame by Federico Francioni e Gaël De Fournas – 15’ – Italia 2021

Regional Preview

A narrator writes a letter in which he tells a story that is close to him: that of Latifa, a young woman who in losing her father Abdellaziz loses the world that has shaped her identity. The trajectory of the film is a fairy tale, the elaboration of a mourning; the fleeting impression of a world that is about to transform itself definitively.

In light by Alice Fassi – 7’36’ – Italy 2022

A tale of the teachings of the Universal White Brotherhood, of the annual ritual at the Seven Rila Lakes in Bulgaria to celebrate the new spiritual year and of Paneurhythmy, a dance made up of a series of movements linked to the cosmic rhythm. Between documentary and visual story, alternating archival material and new footage, we enter the life of a community devoted to light, born in Bulgaria at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Transhumances by Andrea Mura – 52’ – Italy 2021

Regional Preview

The film tells the great migration of Sardinian shepherds in Tuscany in the 1960s. A little-told Italian story of work, social conflicts and emancipation in the transition from sharecropping to industrialization. Transhumances is a choral story that is the discovery of the landscape, of the countryside, of an activity still deeply rooted in the practices of pastoralism grappling with the challenges of contemporaneity, but also the story of men, of transhumance and of communities that reconstitute themselves despite the sea.

At the end of the screenings, free tasting of Sardinian products

All the documentaries in competition on November 16th are visible in streaming
on the platform at the page starting from 10.00 am on November 17th for the following 24 hours.

Thursday november 17th 2022


7.00 pm – Cinema Bristol Multisala, Savignano sul Panaro (MO)

La moda del liscio by Alessandra Stefani – 71’- Italy 2021

The moments of the last day of glory of an old crooner, champion of the “Liscio Romagnolo”, become the choral story of large and small characters of this genre, poised between decadence and the desire to survive. Eccentric, visionary, authentic and a little crazy: they created the imagination of a place and a people who never stopped singing and dancing.


8:15 pm – Cinema Bristol Multisala, Savignano sul Panaro (MO)

It’s just another dragonby Taymour Boulos – 15’54’’ – Hungary 2021

Italian Preview

Upon arriving in Budapest from a declining Lebanon, a young filmmaker meets a Hungarian storyteller who was once forced to leave. Together they weave a layered visual story, each bringing their own stories and exchanging words. A film about traveling, and how stories can save us.

Song of the wind by Soudabeh Beizaei – 60’05’’ – Iran 2022

European Preview

The documentary tells the story of Pegah, a young Iranian music lover who lives in a society that imposes numerous restrictions on women, to whom she does not yield.
Pursuing his artistic and musical dreams, Pegah meets Master Taher Yarveisy, one of the players of the tanbur, a traditional instrument with which sacred songs are performed, who lives in a northern city of Iran, Gouran. Pegah has the opportunity to live with the Master for a while to learn the tanbur, and becomes the narrator of the Master’s last days of life.


9:30 pm – Cinema Bristol Multisala, Savignano sul Panaro (MO)

Silence on the riverside (Silencio en la ribera) by Igor Galuk – 72’ – Argentina 2022

Regional Preview

The last chronicle of the Argentinian writer Haroldo Conti on the ghostly island of Paulino de Berisso, published in April 1976, a month before his kidnapping and disappearance. The documentary revives that chronicle on the Argentinian island and retrieves film material, establishing a link with the present of the place.

All the documentaries in competition on November 17th are visible in streaming on the platform at the page starting from 10.00 am on November 18th for the following 24 hours.

Friday november 18th 2022


From 8.30 pm – Cinema Vittoria Loiano (BO)

The face of a city by Farhad Pakdel – 10’57’’ – Canada 2021

Italian Preview

The stories of four Iranian families who emigrate to Canada and the city they leave behind. As the moment of departure approaches, the spaces of sociality are transformed into places of memory, starting to fade into the distance.

Perpetual becoming by Bill Kinder – 9’50’’ – Usa 2022

Italian Preview

Can a film create a state of devotional meditation? “Hear the voice of being …” in the Sierra Nevada. An enchanting electronic score immerses the viewer on a journey of reverence. “They both listened in silence to water, which for them was not just water, but the voice of life, the voice of being, of perpetual becoming”. Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

The Upland Sergeant – Mario Rigoni Stern’s Story di Tommaso Brugin e Federico Massa – 52’ – Italy 2022

Regional Preview

A journey between present and past, rich in testimonies and reflections, to tell the story of the writer Mario Rigoni Stern (1921-2008). During an imaginary day, from dawn to the starry night, his voice, taken from an extensive archive, recalls the years of war and imprisonment. The Sergeant of the Alpine troops, having returned home, over time became the Guardian of the Asiago plateau, and his homeland assumes the value of a world to be preserved against wars and indifference.

At the end of the screenings, we toast together with roasted chestnuts and wine.

All the documentaries in competition on November 18th are visible in streaming
on the platform at the page starting from 10.00 am on November 19th for the following 24 hours.

Saturday november 19th 2022


From 2.30 pm – Teatro Fabbri, Vignola (MO)

The sower of stars by Lois Patiño- 25’ – Spain 2022

Regional Preview

Distant lights reveal the outlines of a city, Tokyo. Illuminated ships cross the water with people asleep on board and the night seems to become liquid. The Star Sower wakes them up and travels with them around the city. They talk about this and that, and they say goodbye to everything.

Amuka by Antonio Spanò – 71’ – Belgium 2021

The Democratic Republic of the Congo could feed almost one out of two people on earth, yet one out of six Congolese suffers from hunger, despite the fact that agriculture in that country involves 70% of the population. Faced with this paradox, the peasants group into agricultural cooperatives. Some of them share their daily life, that one of all those they represent: even if they do not know each other, they live thousands of kilometers from each other and are involved in different agricultural sectors, their voices sound compact.


From 4.15 pm – Teatro Fabbri, Vignola (MO)

Veil by Irene Felici – 43’31’’ – Italy 2021

Regional Preview

“Veil” is the story of a woman who chose to be a cloistered nun. The approach to a choice, the religious one, imposes “conventions” and “rules” of life in a time, such as today, where the physical and inner appearance seems to be the basis of everyday life, an appearance also regulated by unbridled use of new media.

The Children of the Sleeping Giant by Lorenzo Pallotta – 70’ – Italy 2021

Few people remain in the mountain village of Intermesoli. The young Simone, the unspoken heir of memories and ancient traditions, takes on the responsibilities of the town. Not far away lives Filippo, a hermit and individualist, who, far from everyone, tries to rebuild himself and his faith.
Simone and Filippo, bound by oppressive silences, come to terms with internal limitations and compromises under the watchful gaze of a people who, unwittingly, overwhelm their life and their destiny.

Anaklia by Elisa Baccolo – 6’10’’ – Georgia/Italy 2022

Italian Preview

Anaklia, a newly built city overlooking the Black Sea, bordering Abkhazia (which formally declared independence in 1999), was to become one of Georgia’s main tourist resorts. However, the tourists who come here find themselves in a place that deviates from the imaginary of the city-resort.

Dove nuotano i caprioli by Maria Conte – 58’30’’ – Italy 2021

Regional Preview

The waters of Cadore tell different stories: they have inspired ancient cults and popular legends, they have shaped the landscape, the life of the communities and the economy of the area. From the mid-twentieth century the history of the hydroelectric industry becomes dominant: the sacrifice of the Piave-Boite-Vajont river is necessary for the modernization of the country, according to a project that will be both strategic and dramatic.


7.30 pm – Teatro Fabbri, Vignola (MO)

A Tale of Grafting by Sandro Bozzolo – 78’ – Italy 2022

Regional Preview

The story of a silent but formidable battle to recover the centuries-old chestnut groves and their tradition. In the Piemontese village of Viola Castello only the ‘castagnere’, old harvester women, remained. Their memory recalls a past where life revolved around chestnut trees, a legacy that has now almost completely disappeared. Ettore, filmed by his son Sandro, changes the destiny of the valley through grafting: he gives the existing plants new life, changing a story that seemed already over. Grafting is also human: the valley is repopulated, a new future for the new generations. Through a tradition that has never disappeared, grafting brings the chestnut groves of Viola Castello back to life.


9.00 pm – Teatro Fabbri, Vignola (MO)

The yellow queen – A road movie by Lucio Arisci – 87’ – Belgium 2021

From Cologne to the capital of Mali, Bamako, 4.475 miles aboard a yellow bus, on the routes of an unexpected solidarity, underground and semi-clandestine trade. A road movie through which (re)discovering Africa and its contradictions, but also broadening the horizons of us Western citizens towards a broader and more sustainable vision of the consumer society.

All the documentaries in competition on November 19th are visible in streaming on the platform at the page . starting from 10.00 am on November 20th for the following 24 hours.

Sunday november 20th 2022


Sala dei Contrari – Rocca di Vignola e Palazzo Barozzi, Vignola (Modena)

11 am – Award Ceremony of the competition of Mente Locale – Visioni sul territorio 2022

After having narrated the territory through the documentaries of the competition, finally as in the tradition of Mente Locale, we meet together with the authors, the jurors and all the friends of the festival to celebrate the announcement of the winners, followed by the inevitable convivial moment to discover one of the jewels of the territory. Appointment at the Sala dei Contrari of the splendid Rocca di Vignola at 11 am.During the event, the video made by Federico Barone for the Municipality of San Giovanni in Persiceto will be previewed. The video is part of the workshop ‘The story of the territory for the Public Administration’, created by Mente Locale for Grand Tour Emil Banca. The protagonist Stefano Bicocchi, known as Vito, will be participating.

The Sala dei Contrari is kindly granted by Fondazione di Vignola.

From 3.30 pm at the Sala dei Contrari: replica of the winning films of the Mente Locale – Visioni sul Territory 2022 competition.

All the winning documentaries of the festival are visible in streaming on the platform at the page starting from 10.00 am on November 21st for the following 24 hours.


Cinemax, viale Carducci n. 17, Bazzano (BO)

Cinema Bristol Multisala, via Tavoni n. 958, Savignano sul Panaro (MO)

Cinema Vittoria, via Roma n. 55, Loiano (BO)

Teatro Ermanno Fabbri, via Pietro Minghelli n. 11, Vignola (MO)

Auditorium DAMSLab, piazzetta P. P. Pasolini n. 5/b, Bologna (BO)

Centro per le Arti e lo Spettacolo, via XXV Luglio n. 59, Ittiri (SS)

Sala dei Contrari – Rocca di Vignola, via Ponte Muratori, Vignola (MO)

Palazzo Barozzi, Piazza dei Contrari 3, Vignola (MO)


Artistic Director: Giulio Filippo Giunti

Managing Director: Marilisa Murgia

Technical director: Domenico Parrino

Organizing committee: Marilisa Murgia, Giulio Filippo Giunti, Gabriele Murgia, Domenico Parrino, Elena Ferretti, Katia Raguzzoni, Giovanni Zanaroli, Michela Giorgini, Luca Corraini, Giovanni Zanaroli, FreeU.

Jury: Leena Pasanen, Gianfranco Cabiddu, Marco Cucco, Michele Manzolini, Enza Negroni

DAR Jury: Federico Dall’Ara, Serena Lanza, Filippo Ianiero, Paola Ricciardi, Giulia Vallicelli

Graphics: Francesca Di Tella

Press Office: Michela Giorgini

Social Media Manager: Ilaria Cumali

Technical partner: Eurovideo

Webmaster site: I musicanti non dormono mai

Streaming platform:

Thanks to the authors in competition who have agreed to grant the vision for the online streaming.

Thanks to all the partners, supporters and friends of Mente Locale and in particular to: Chiara Badini, Flavio Baldoni, Irene Checchi, Domenico Cristofaro, Alessandro Dini, Elena Ferretti, Francesca Franchini, Alessandra Furlani, Andrea Odorici, Katia Raguzzoni, Barbara Raimondi, Irene Rinaldi, Paolo Scialpi.

Special thanks to Giorgia Boldrini, Cristina Serafini, Angela Di Pilato and Federica Govoni for their material, moral and spiritual assistance.


CONTACTS: I cell. + 39 340 6729655 – + 39 338 7996944

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All the screenings and meetings are free and take place in compliance with the health regulations in force. The program may undergo variations independent of our will.