A young woman investigates an island’s geologic specificity, discovering hidden strata where history and memory meet barely submerged narratives of displacement and imaginaries of possible futures.
Philip Cartelli (USA, 1984) has realized film and video works exhibited at the Locarno Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, FIDMarseille and the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s non-fiction showcase Art of the Real, among others. He holds a PhD in media anthropology from Harvard University and a PhD in sociology from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris. He is chair of the Art Department at Wagner College in New York City.
Mariangela Ciccarello (Benevento, Italy 1983) is an artist whose work has been featured at the Locarno Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Torino Film Festival, Harvard Art Museum, and Film Society of Lincoln Center. She has participated in residency programs and workshops in Europe and the United States. She was a participant in the 2018 edition of the Feature Expanded international film production workshop.
My Little Napoli (cm, doc., 2016)
“In 2017, the Azure Window, a natural limestone monument famous in Malta and beyond, collapsed into the sea. One year later, Maltese authorities impounded the Aquarius, a migrant rescue ship, and arrested its captain. Between these events a group of Maltese youth met recently arrived refugees. In the film, a parallel narrative blends the product of these meetings with an investigation of the island’s ever-present limestone. Geological exploration finds its equivalent in an archeological approach to media from which convergences in history and memory emerge, uncovering a common metaphysical essence beneath the island’s porous surface.”
Italia-Malta-Usa/Italy-Malta-USA, 2019, 21’, col.
regia, fotografia, montaggio, suono, produttori/directors, cinematography, film editing, sound, producers
Mariangela Ciccarello, Philip Cartelli
Kevin T. Allen