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GE NESSA

FRANCESCO DE MELIS

Italy / 2003 / 22'

The film "Gè nèssa" (literally ‘Come, little one’) is one of the results of a research project carried out by the Paneveggio/Pale di San Martino Park to make the "Ethnographic Path". This is a museum route of about 13 kilometres that climbs from Caoria (817 m), in the Commune of Canal San Bovo, to Malga Miesnotta (1870 m), linking manmade features of the landscape.
The protagonist Franco Sperandio, nicknamed Còt, is one of the last inhabitants of the valley who spends most of the year with his animals in the pradi (the mid-altitude grazing lands distributed at different heights and exposures) and only lives in Caoria in winter. This particular kind of life, shared by many families in the area, used to mean being constantly on the move, going from one mountain dairy to another, depending on the growth of the grass.
With the death of Franco Còt a few months after this film was made, silence has descended on all the pradi of Caoria.

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FRANCESCO DE MELIS

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