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Transhumant Noise/ Frastuono Transumante

This 8 minute experimental documentary

Transhumance is a ritual of negotiations and rhythmic exchanges, it is never a simple 'wandering', as a bucolic form of “orientalism” might have us imagine. The shepherd plays a social and ecosystemic role, while keeping alive the idea that access to land is crucial for all. Crossing boundaries is necessary, a need, a right, in order to produce food. Pastoralists are increasingly annihilated by the logic of extractivism including "green" energy-generated land grabs. Transhumant noise, invites us on a journey that crosses the romanticized sonic barrier. What does it mean to 'do transhumance' in a post-climate change, capitalist, and dystopian reality? This aural tale, at times too noisy, recounts the moment when Mauro, a young shepherd from Ulassai, takes his flock of 100 goats (and 100 bells) into another world "Il Parco Eolico". These windmill farms extend over 3,000 hectares on the plateau between Ulassai and Perdasdefogu. It is on this high plateau, now parched and infernal, that Mauro and his father endure with a sheepfold in concession.

Geologies of Time

8 minute photo-soundscape explorations of dryland ecologies in contrasts and colours

Dryland-scapes in Namibia, far from being empty, degraded and in need of "restoration", they are diverse micro-ecosystems. What socio-ecological logics permeate here? Why do western ideals continue to plunder the dryland-ideal?

Has it rained fi bledi?

Feature-length documentary with Tunisian director Hamdi Dallali (work in progress)

Douiret, an Amazigh village in southern Tunisia, is largely defined by “absence”. Two relatives embark on a journey to explore its meaning, but while one wants to leave for Tunis, the other wants to return to Douiret. The flock of sheep they inherit becomes their cure and answer, the pain and curse, and meanwhile peasant poetries chronicle peasant liminalities between the rural and the urban. In this collaboration, we follow two livestock keepers, two relatives, in southern Tunisia, Douiret, in their own exploration of absence-presence. We use experimental methods to narrate some of the ways the peasantry blurs the boundaries between absence and presence. Livestock are linked to aspirations, with emotional, psychological and health implications for their carers. Mobility, and how livelihoods are constructed around livestock holds important information on how we internalize our liminal identities. Peasant poetry and oral heritage more generally often explores these aspects. As an art of making memory, they can become potentially powerful tools to reclaiming peasant spaces. This is relevant to food sovereignty, and the politics of boundary-making, whether real and physical/material or intangible and conceptual.

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