Personal visual ethnography

SONGS OF MEMORY, SONGS OF LOSS
22’ 35’’ (Italian and Martinese dialect, with English subtitles)
Italy/UK
2012

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Set in a village in Puglia in the south of Italy, “Songs of Memory, Songs of Loss” is a personal ethnography documenting Erminia’s search to understand, since her childhood, her grandfather and his mental health issues through the songs he sang as a prisoner during World War II. Suffering from dementia, these songs represent the only window into her grandfathers’ otherwise clouded mind.Her grandfather died just a few months after making this film.

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Directed, filmed and edited by Erminia Colucci
Music: Salamina Donato, Piero Tanzarella
Editorial advisor: Paul Henley (Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester)

 

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