Island People – Filicudi – Monica Blasi

As for Filicudi, about 200 live there, the perfect example of an island that empties out from October onwards. I went once there at the beginning of June, just one day, from Palermo, with my mom. Some freediving around that surreal rock in the middle of the sea they called “La Canna” (the barrel) and away we go. Amazing beauty.

A girl from Rome lives in Filicudi, Monica Blasi. PhD in biophysics, driven by at least a couple of passions, one of which for the protection of the marine environment, she moved there in 2004. She founded and still manages the Filicudi Wildlife Conservation association. She does research, serious research, on cetaceans and turtles, funding herself with the summer research camps she organizes and some private donation. Among other things, she can – the only one in the world! – mediate between authorities and locals, especially fishermen, whose interests are always, but only apparently, opposite.

To me, she’s a myth. Hey myth, are we gonna have a chat at the end of April on your island?

Posted on: 13.Jan.2018   Leave a comment

Island People – Lipari – Sara Basile

Lipari is a large and busy sicilian island (see Nanni Moretti’s movie Caro Diario, a masterpiece…). Before “knowing” Sara, in my imagination it was maybe the least interesting among the Aeolian Islands. After Sara and her volcanic enthusiasm, it suddenly seems the most alive!

Sara is a “picciotta” (sicilian for young girl), with a great passion for cinema, literature and the politics “of doing”! She lives in Lipari even in winter and organizes loads of cultural activities, despite some difficulties.
“It’s hard to implement the bases of a Community!!”, says she.
Se has been a political activist since she was 14, and she realized 3 short films with a friend which participated to the Salina Doc Fest (a short film festival that will be addressed here soon…) and at the Centro Studi Eoliano. Among other things, she currently proposes a film forum (last year dedicated to Federico Fellini, this year on the theme of the exile in the islands – #SenzaLimitieConfini).
She never stops!

See you late-April in Lipari, Sara!

Posted on: 5.Jan.2018   Leave a comment