Two women from Paraguay, convicted of drug trafficking, are serving time in two jails in Northern Italy. There are many smugglers like them, men and women arriving by plane from countries in Latin America, Africa, or Eastern Europe.
Lucia Veronesi (Mantova, Italy, 1976), after studying painting at the Brera Academy, moved to Venice, where she currently lives. Her work involves different kinds of media, from videos to drawings, paintings, and collages. She participated to several exhibitions and film festivals in Italy and abroad.
Caos e comunicazione (coregia/codirector Tiziana Cantarella, cm, 2001), Luciano (cm, 2007), Fermo immagine (cm, 2009), Alla prova dei fatti (cm, 2009), Pandemia domestica (cm, 2011), Intérieur (cm, 2011), Difesa personale (cm, 2012-2013), L’inabitabile (cm, 2012), Andante sospeso (la casa nella foresta) (cm, 2012), Paesaggio senza titolo #1 (cm, 2013), Paesaggio senza titolo #2 (cm, 2013), Paesaggio senza titolo #3 (cm, 2013), Paesaggio senza titolo #4 (cm, 2013), Paesaggio senza titolo #5 (cm, 2014), Le cose da lontano (cm, 2014).
“Things from Afar is a documentary built on two interviews made by an anthropologist to Paraguayan women serving drug trafficking sentences in Italian jails. They refused to appear on screen, so the only material I could start working with were audio recordings. I never saw a single photo of these women, and I’ve never been to Paraguay. The only thing I knew of them was their voice and the life they depicted through their stories. I didn’t want their words to be accompanied by descriptive images; I wanted them to be independent, to have a strength of their own: as if they came from each of their subconscious, flowing into to a stream of consciousness made of memories, nostalgia, anger, that materialize as their stories progress.”