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The white QUARRY

the great story of Lipari's pumice stone

Carlo was born in Canneto, a small village on the island of Lipari. As a child, he used to see the adults carrying big loads of a very light stone. Watching those scenes, he already knew that pumice would become his destiny, as it had been for his father and for many of his countrymen. Instead of emigratng to Australia, one would go to work in the pumice mine. That big open air mine made the history, the fortune and the damnation of the island of Lipari. Today all that is left is a huge white wound on the side of the mountain.

A film by Marco Mensa and Elisa Mereghetti with Davide Sapienza

An ETHNOS production with the support of UNESCO and with the patronage of the Lipari Municipality


bloodstream of the kirike

Pülö means blood and oil in Okrika; a Niger Delta community in Nigeria. The film charts an environmental tragedy on the island, which began as a fishing village around the 9th century, then became a slave trading port until the abolishment in the 1830s. The documentary, through a recollection of clips spanning over thirty years, highlights the various forms of pollution in the area and its effects on society’s most vulnerable people. It follows the everyday lives of women from the community to provide context on their sacred relationship with water and the risk it poses when they lose their most important resource.

A film by Christina Ifubaraboye

Produced by IMBUU, a narrative collective for the Other, in coproduction with ETHNOS. Funded by Blue Ice Hot Docs Fund, Storyboard Collective, DOCAfrica

5 nanomoles

the olympic dream of a trans woman

Valentina is an athlete with a visual impairment. About a year ago she started her transition towards the female gender. In consideration of the good results achieved in the male category, she now wants to cap off her career by running, as a woman, in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Should that dream come true, she would be the first transgender athlete to represent Italy in an international competition. But her thoughest opponents – indifference and prejudice – are waiting for her off the running track.

Produced by ETHNOS and GRUPPO TRANS APS. With the patronage of UISP – Italian Union Sports for All and ARCIGAY


the river spirit

“Ko au te awa. Ko te awa ko au”: I am the river, the river is me. This is how the Maori people living along the Whanganui tell of their relationship with this sacred river, the third in length of all New Zealand. In March 2017, with a law approved by Parliament, the Whanganui has become the first river in the world to obtain a legal identity, to become a subject of law in all respects. For this reason it is now the planetary symbol of the battle for the legal rights of all natural elements and of Mother Earth.


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