MAMMA FORESTA E I BAMBINI DI STRADA
Italy / 1996 / 25'
Many years ago Anita Studer, a Swiss biologist, moved to Brazil to study the bird population in the north-east. But once she arrived she was shocked by the socio-economic conditions that she found there. Anita postponed her research into the birds for a period in order to devote herself to the environment, but when she sought the support of the local peoples, she was shocked once again by the miserable conditions where they lived. Anita threw herself into working to help the people, collecting funds to build schools and social centres. But she also continued to select the seeds of tropical plants in order to reforest the Atlantic strip.
Anthropologist, journalist and correspondent for geographic magazine Airone, Duccio Canestrini has directed five documentaries on the relationship between humans and the environment for the television series A New World. He has also written a number of books on travel and tourism and has held seminars and conferences on the “spirit of place” at the IULM in Milan, Campus in Lucca, Monte Verità in Ascona, and CTS in Rome. He has also lectured at the Trentino School of Management, Trento.