“Cinema ambulante: an integration story” is a project based on culture as a means of integration, which took place from 23 to 29 May 2016 in Amantea (CS), organized by the Cultural Association La Guarimba, winner of the “MigrArti – Cinema” prize at the initiative of the Ministry of Cultural Property and Activities and Tourism.
After all the emotions we felt and all the energy we spent, it seems difficult for us to write a report which can accurately transcribe the joy of the moments we experienced. But we will try to make you live the adventure of “Cinema ambulante” by first telling the story of its beginning. We were sure that we could not win the MiBACT prize because in Italy it is often rumored that the institutions are all corrupt and that you must be recommended, especially when you are confronted with the public domain.
But facts showed us the opposite: The Ministry validated the content of our proposal and the presentation of the association. We immediately got to work to build something even bigger than was expected of us.
With the funds made available to us, we organized a new #ScuolaGuarimba (Guarimba School), based on integration and participatory democracy, in Calabria, a region which has had many difficulties in terms of opportunities. We gave the opportunity to 19 young people from 10 different countries: Italians, foreigners and some political refugees, to learn how to make a documentary and to meet, discuss, like human beings and equals. This methodology was designed and facilitated by Thomas Sheridan.