May 13 - 2pm | New York, NY
Portuguese director Goncalo Tocha's movie It's the Earth Not the Moon documentary film will be screening at Anthology Film Archives in New York, on May 13th at 2pm.
After the US premiere at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, Tocha's enlightening film about the island of Corvo in the Azores archipelago, has been touring film festivals and has been recognized with several awards.
This screeining is part of the Migrating Forms Media Festival.
A cameraman and a soundman arrive in Corvo in 2007, the smallest island in the archipelago of the Azores.
Right in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Corvo is a large rock, 6km high and 4km long, with the crater of a volcano and a single tiny village of 440 people. Gradually, this small filming crew is accepted by the island's population as its new inhabitants, two people to add to a civilization almost 500 years old, whose history is hardly discernible, such is the lack of records and written memories.
Shot at a vertiginous pace throughout a few years, self‐produced between arrivals, departures and coming‐backs, "It's the Earth not the Moon" (www.naterranaonalua.com) develops as the logbook of a ship, and turns out as a patchwork of discoveries and experiences, which follow the contemporary life of a civilization isolated in the middle of the sea.
A long atlantic film‐odissey, divided in 14 chapters, that combines anthropological records, literature, lost archives, mythological and autobiographical stories.
ISLAND OF CORVOIt's never easy to get to Corvo Island. It´s the most isolated point in Europe and the most inaccessible, located on the western extremity of the Azorean Islands – Portugal, in mid Atlantic Ocean.
Since the beginning of the human colonization in Corvo until the end of the 20th century, this island lived secluded and totally self-dependent. A closed agricultural community with ancestral rituals and codes but open to the sea. Historical are the stories about their relationships, economical and social, with the sailors and the pirates that sailed around the coast of the island. The state of Portugal was distant, the world for Corvo was the international sea trade and Corvo was in the center of that trade.
I got to Corvo in 2007, amidst a strong development of investment plans from the EU for peripheral areas.
Maybe there's no place anymore for a film that wants to portray a society with specific habits and rituals, preserved and left untouched by time. The fascination about Corvo now is to be able to present a strange portrayal, maybe through excess, of the western way of life integrated on an amazing natural landscape. More info about Corvo Island can be found in www.cm-corvo.pt.
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