Bring The Change aims to encourage active and proactive reflection on what it means to build an inclusive society among adolescents. For this purpose, the project offers an integrated course of knowledge of the language and of the narration techniques of documentary film, of the use of participatory videomaking, of personal involvement as a jury within Biografilm Festival and of in-depth analysis on social cinema through meeting with directors.
In 2022, three classes of the Aldini Valeriani State High School in Bologna are directly involved in the project, but the project aims to involve other high schools in Italy over the years. For this purpose, a catalogue of films with coordinated educational activities has been created, which can be downloaded (in Italian) for free here.
The project Bring The Change was already developed in a reduced pilot form in 2021 by the Fanatic About Festivals Association - Biografilm Festival. In 2022 is carried out by the SMK Videofactory Association - active since 2009 in the field of production and distribution of documentary cinema - in collaboration with Biografilm Festival and with the important involvement of the Aldini Valeriani State High School in Bologna. In addition, there is the collaboration of the “Fuori Catalogo” school library, the Terra Di Tutti Film Festival - a social cinema festival founded in Bologna in 2007 by COSPE and WeWorld - the Arca di Noè Social Co-operative and ZaLab. The realization is due to the contribution of the Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna and to the support of the Embassy and Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Italy in the framework of the cultural program (S)punti di Vista.
Bring The Change offers an integrated course divided into 4 modules:
1. February-March 2022. Education in documentary storytelling language and techniques. The module offers 6 face-to-face meetings which include the screening of 5 documentary films on social issues in the original version with Italian subtitles, 5 educational workshops aimed at stimulating debate and the acquisition of tools for analyzing reality (one of which with the Italian director Pierfrancesco Li Donni), 1 final masterclass with director Joris Postema and director Els van Driel both from the Netherlands.
2. April 2022. Practical workshop of participatory videomaking. Since the theme of the workshop is "change and inclusiveness", some disabled people from the Arca di Noè Social Co-operative will participate in the workshop together with the group of Aldini students, to make the final videos together. The final videos will be screened in June 2022 at Biografilm Festival and in October 2022 at the Terra di Tutti Film Festival.
3. May – June 2022.Practical workshop for the young jury of the 18th edition of Biografilm Festival.
4. October 2022.Final masterclass on social cinema, within the 16th edition of the Terra di Tutti Film Festival.
How do you fight against discrimination? Giving value to the differences and talking about oneself starting from daily experience. #RespectAllTheDifferences is the thread that binds 3 short films created by the students of the Aldini Valeriani secondary school together with some young people from the social laboratory of the Arca di Noè social cooperative, in the context of a participatory videomaking workshop held by the SMK Videofactory association within the educational project Bring The Change - Biografilm 2022.
This is my voice | 2' (4aC GC Aldini Valeriani Higher Education Institute – Noah's Ark) by Sara Derario, Lorenzo Paolo Vai, Ettore Carrieri, Margherita Natali, Francesco Puddu, Nicole Marani, Christian Barbieri, Daniele Belleti, Alessia Avallone, Gianluca Scagnet
But do you know how to use those phones? | 3' (4aA GC Aldini Valeriani Higher Education Institute) by Greta Bongiovanni, Gaia Cacciapuoti, Franco Comellini, Sara Diolaiti, Arianna Pancotti, e con Giacomo Cappelletti
In a day | 2' (4aA GC Aldini Valeriani Higher Education Institute) by Rachele Baffetti, Martina Bertoncelli, Alex Naldi, Greta Ciancimino, Silvia Trulli, Iris Sabbioni