Irenea: a Cinema for Peace and Nonviolence
TRANSCEND News, 19 Mar 2012
From TRANSCEND Member Prof. Nanni Salio, director of the CSSR:
The Sereno Regis Study Center (Centro Studi Sereno Regis) in Turin is promoting the establishment of a multi-media educational lab meant to develop a movie culture oriented to peaceful, nonviolent and deeply respectful relationships to all living beings in the Earth’s ecosystem. The lab will be a place of search and spread of a movie culture that may help spot and recognize visible as well as invisible violence, that may acquaint with the various conflict descriptions – micro through macro – and may teach to solve them in a creative rather than destructive way by the promotion of nonviolence throughout all relational dimensions.
This project is to develop along two axes: one leading to establishing the educational lab itself, and one enabling the arrangement over time of complementary activities. The early implementation step will involve the lab run-in, attempting new film insights by drawing from peace and nonviolence research achievements so as to shape sustainable individual and social living models. The produced material will be made available along with the filmography catalogs arranged by single issues: nonviolent conflict transformation; lawfulness and human rights; democracy and participation; gender differences; interculture; spirituality; economy, ecology and sustainability. Training will be a substantial feature of the Center, mainly directed to students and teachers across the school range. Special features (theme reviews, exhibitions, events) will be offered to the public at large, in collaboration with other agencies and groups. An early undertaking in collaboration with the Torino Film Festival is the establishment of a Gandhi’s eye-glasses Award for films best expressing the values of peace and nonviolence. Its 2011 maiden awarding by a jury made up of CSSR members and supporters crowned Andreas Kannengiesser’s Vergiss dein Ende – Way Home with a prize handed over on December 3rd at 4:00 p.m. at the Film Commission’s movie theater (42 via Cagliari).
Besides the undertaking in progress, we deem necessary to have specific premises available, apt to host the tasks of study, research, training and document filing. Such premises have been identified in the very building housing the CSSR, 13 via Garibaldi, where the former Garibaldi cinema has newly become available. This is a Liberty-style room dating back to the early 1900’s, suitable as to size and location and easily restorable to the standard required for our new planned undertaking, as well as possible side actions relating to art-peace-nonviolence (such as exhibitions, concerts, theater shows, lectures), besides being worth-while recovering in its own right as a meaningful culture landmark.
The Sereno Regis Study Center and the Peace & Nonviolence Cinema are a COMMONS
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