Contadini di montagna

Valle di Cembra, Trentino. In one of the most evocative terraced landscapes of the entire Alpine ridge, two generations of peasants tell their stories. While the gestures of man among the vineyards appear almost unchanged, the new generation seems to pose more questions concerning the contradictions of mountainside agriculture, attributing meaning to the themes of environmental sustainability, crop diversification and environmental protection. Rare archive footage coupled with present-day imagery narrate the work of man and the rhythm of the seasons against the backdrop of a harsh and complex territory.

Contadini di montagna
by Michele Trentini
Italy, 2015


Michele Trentini was born in Rovereto in 1974. He graduated in sociology from the University of Dresden with an ethnographic thesis on environmental communitarianism in East Germany. He carries out research in the field of visual anthropology at the Museo degli Usi e Costumi della Gente Trentina (Museum of the Customs and Traditions of Trentino People) and he has put his name to documentaries such as ‘Furriadroxus’, ‘Cheyenne, trent’anni’, ‘Il canto scaltro’, ‘Carnival King of Europe’ and ‘Piccola terra’ (previously shown at Corto e Fieno).

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