Terre di mezzo

Favourite Sara’s homework for summer holidays is to grow and take care of a little tomato seedling. But her family lives in a flat, so she will plant it in a small abusive vegetable garden that her grandparents raised in an abandoned and hidden land between town and countryside. While her mum works precariously in a mushroom patch, Sara spends her time with her grandparents, trying to teach them Italian and learning from their traditional know- how. The little garden became a place of serenity and exchange for the whole family, even for Sara’s mum who has been fired. But some fellows see the crops and report it to the authority and their precarious situation seems to collapse.

Terre di mezzo
by Maria Conte
Italy, 2018


Maria Conte, born in 1986, lives near Treviso. Graduated in 2013 in Geographical and Anthropological Studies at the University of Florence, where she also cultivated the passion for photography, she attended “The Darkroom Academy”. A few years ago she returned to Venice for a master in Anthropology, Ethnology and Ethnolinguistics, keeping on training in the field of image and audiovisual: in 2015-2016 she attended the School of Documentary Film in Monselice and other workshops with international experts. Her purpose is to focus on social, anthropological and environmental issues through photography, documentary and cinema. With this intention she wrote and directed “Percorsi Umidi” (2016), “Terre di mezzo” (2018) and “Dove Nuotano i Caprioli” (doc, 3′, 2018).

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