On the road to Mongolia!
For the first time since the launch of Cinema du Desert we ventured out of Africa and took our solar mobile cinema across Siberia until Outer Mongolia.
We wrote the project "Parallele 49" in partnership with the french association Lézards Migrateurs.
After a month spent converting a 40 year old fire truck into a mobile cinema and home, we set off from HQ on 26 March 2015.
Our route - loosely following the ancient Silk Road - crossed 12 Countries during 8 months and brought untold joy, fun and educational movies to those we met. We met a lot of children, associations, schools and youth centres that awaited our arrival between Italy and Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia).
Over 40 film screenings organized and 2 documentaries were shot during these months.
This expedition was funded 1/4 by Association Lézards Migrateurs, 1/4 by NGO Bambini Nel Deserto and the other half through 2 crowd-founding campaign, the first one on the Italian platform "Produzioni dal Basso", the 2nd is the Indiegogo crowd-founding campaign (still working on inDemand option:
Check it out!).
Follow our expedition: click here.
Picture diary of the journey: click here
Truck 4 Africa: Cinema du Desert
One self-build Expedition Truck, seven volunteers and three dogs: 15.000 kms. over another six months (2014) from Bologna (Italy) to Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). Bringing cinema to the most remote villages, getting in touch with the locals through the screening of eco-awareness documentaries and cartoons for the younger audience.
The team met nomadic tribes of the Sahara and the Sahel and raised public awareness regarding FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) through the screening of videos about the subject; gave workshops about personal hygiene in several schools; and were hosted at an orphanage built and supported by the italian NGO Bambini nel Deserto.
In Maninkoura (on the Mali-Guinean border), an isolated area without electricity or roads and a population of 30.000, we built (together with the local NGO Kaira-So), a solar powered community-run FM Radio Station - which took the name of huge river that provides them their vital water source: the Sangarani River. The station is today a tool for self-sufficient information sharing.
Furthermore, we brought safety working gear to the blacksmith of our "Ferro e Fuoco" project. With our truck we also delivered all the tools for another groundbreaking project called "Garage Italia" run by BnD in collaboration with Motul Corazon Foundation. Helping street kids from impoverish backgrounds to learn a new trade and change their lifestyle.
It was not always easy but we did it!
The expedition was entirely founded by the italian "Otto per mille della Chiesa Valdese".
Official Partners: Marangoni Pneumatici, officina TecnoDiesel.
Documentaries and cartoons were screened for more then 12.000 people in Morocco, Mauritania, Mali and Burkina Faso.
Diary of the expedition click here .
Photo-gallery of the expedition click here.
The "Truck 4 Afrika” expedition started from an accidental blend of wishes and the availability to turn them into reality. The Photographer Roberto Gabriele and the InGaeta Company had an ongoing project to create the biggest non-governmental solar power plant to pump water at an oasis in the village of Tata, Morocco and… we loved the idea (!). For that matter we drove an half ton stainless steel structure down there and won a Global Energy Award for it which we are really proud of!! See more here.
But why stop there?
It turned out to be a 6 month expedition thanks to 7 motivated volunteers that drove 16.000 km between Bologna and the Burkina Faso (and back!)
- In Diema (Mali) we met Pam Young who runs Village Ventures and together we re-built a maternity ward for a local hospital, built a soccer field and organised a 2 day long football tournament for local kids to play at, and, almost as a performance, we started to clean up the extremely dirty central market square of the town, so to try and trigger a dialogue about alternatives ways of garbage disposal...
AFREAKS - Mission is possible
Where everything started ...
Bologna: nine people gathered around the same expedition. The goal was to depart on three trucks for the fulfillment of a long awaited dream. To go where most don't: Africa.
After many months preparing the convoy this heterogenous group of activists and artists was finally packed and ready to go!
A six month long trip, over 15.000 km by land.
The goal of the journey was to bring medical equipment and school supplies where they were truly needed (given to us by the Bambini nel Deserto NGO). We saw true poverty with our own eyes but we were confronted with real beauty and friendship as well. A different kind of freedom, a different kind of happiness, a completely different way of life. The thrill of discovery of a far away culture. Realizing what we all have in common, our humanity. Sharing is the human language!
Equipped with an audio & video mobile studio and with all it was necessary to set up an open air cinema under the stars... AFREAKS was a great adventure and a success that changed our lives forever! This is how we started.
This expedition was entirely self-funded by the team.
"What strikes me is the fact that in our society, art has become something which is only related to objects, and not to individuals, or to life"
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