Sabzian presents five films by the Italian filmmaker Cecilia Mangini (1927–2021) whose quietly confrontational documentaries of daily life in Italy were censored for many years.
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Covertly censored for many years by a specifically Italian system that forced documentary filmmakers to act, in Mangini’s words, “under the radar like drug dealers”, her films have only recently started to be restored and re-exhibited. This selection of films, made between 1960–1972, features textual and musical collaborators including Pier Paolo Pasolini and Egisto Macchi, as well as some of Mangini’s favoured subjects: rituals on the verge of extinction; the fate of the young and disenfranchised; and the proletariat. The form of some of these documentaries might now be labelled ‘hybrid’, given her methods of reconstruction and reenactment, following long periods of research. The result is often a stylised and exaggerated version of the object of study; Mangini hones in on the essence of these objects and turns to strategies of lyricisation and repetition in order that we do not forget.
La canta della marane, 1962, 11’
Brindisi ’65, 1966 ,15’
Essere donne, 1965 , 30'
La Briglia sul collo,1974, 15'
Stendalì: Suonano ancora, 1960, 11’
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