Beyond the Wall
Symbol of reaction.
Gemona is a small town surrounded by mountains located in the northern east region of Friuli.
In 1976 a series of earthquakes destroyed the majority of the town and left about 1000 deaths behind.
The inhabitants of Gemona, known to be historically closed and hard working people, became the symbol of reaction and an example of independent reconstruction in Italy.
They refused the program offered by the Italian government, claiming that they would rebuild their homes by themselves.
And so they did.
Celebration of glory.
There's a crew of writers in Gemona named Bravi Ragazzi (Good Fellas) which organized ten editions of an international graffiti festival and colored thousands of square meters of walls all over the town. When they asked me wether I wanted to realize a video because of the 40th anniversary of the earthquake, initially I said I wouldn't. Dozens of videos have been realized over the years.
When they said they would give me complete blank paper I eventually accepted.
I had nine days for the shootings and no script when I started, but one mission: celebrate everyday's glory through ancient symbols of daily life.
Redemption of the muse.
Right after the first earthquake, the majority of the national tv networks sent their journalists to document the tragedy.
Possibly, the most famous interview was from a girl named Lucia who was asked why she didn't look desperate in front of the desolation. She answered that there's no time for sorrow because there's a lot to rebuild.
Although these words served as big inspiration for many, she always felt utterly sorry after since, because differently form many others, she didn't loose anyone in the earthquake.
If you can't bring it down,,
After the tragedy, the whole community experienced a phase of communion and mutual help.
But this spirit didn't last long.
When the new houses and walls were rebuilt, the community isolated even more than before.
Two generations after, a crew of street artists brought down the divisions painting the majority of walls, with over a decade of events in the name of sharing, dialogue and love for the town.