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Enchikunye (Returning Home)

A film by Sandro Bozzolo (Italy/2015/39:17)

A young Maasai girl reached an Italian shepherd in the Italian Alps. Two women, Leah and Silvia, are from different worlds, in terms of skin, age, and language. They lived together during a season of pastoralism, sharing their job and their stories. The mountain around them seems to be a green desert where it is possible to meet separate lives, held together by an ancestral time. Far away from borders, communication becomes a natural issue. Enchikunye in Maa language means “coming back home.” In Maasai communities, traditionally the role of the woman was a passive one, submitted to the authority of the man. Through her example and her story, Leah reflects on some aspects of Maasai culture. This project aims to give a positive example to other girls in her position.

 

About Sandro Bozzolo

Sandro Bozzolo is a PhD candidate in Migrations and Intercultural Processes at University of Genoa. He holds a Masters in Social Communication and Urban Documentary in Italy, Lithuania and Colombia. His film “Amazonia 2.0” (2012), produced by Meibi, was selected by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Culture for the project “CNCine” and was recognized at EtnoFilm Festival of Monselice 2012, Italy. Enchikunye (2015) was produced by Geronimo Carbonò and Meibi. 


He is the author of the books Ilmurràn – Maasai in the Alps, published by ScrittoDritto (2015: Italy) and Un sindaco fuori del comune – La democrazia partecipativa esiste. Storia di Antanas Mockus, Supercittadino di Bogotà, published by EMI (2012: Bologna, Italy). He is currently conducting journalistic research for Agritools (www.agritools.org), funded by the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation and by the European Journalism Center. His reports have appeared in Italian and international newsrooms.

 

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