Profezia – L’Africa di Pasolini (Prophecy – Pasolini’s Africa)

Pier Paolo Pasolini tries to find in Africa the authenticity of peasant life and revolutionary force. A documentary directed by Gianni Borgna.

Profezia – L’Africa di Pasolini (Prophecy – Pasolini’s Africa) is another documentary that will be sought after the cinephiles this year and will premiere today at 70th Venice Film Festival. The film was prepared by Gianni Borgna and with the artistic supervision of Enrico Menduni.  After his first feature film, Accattone (1961), Pier Paolo Pasolini tries to find in Africa the authenticity of peasant life and revolutionary force he had sought in vain in his native Friuli and in the villages around Rome. During that search we have poetry and films like: La Rabbia (1963), Edipo Re (1967) and Appunti per un’Orestiade Africana (1969) that are set in these areas and testify the love of Pasolini for Africa.

Pasolini on Accattone set

Pasolini on Accattone set

The documentary explores Pasolini’s hope for something new and his delusion when he finds out that Africa was a repository of irremediable contradictions that would erupt into degradation, into dictatorships, into the massacres of yesterday and today. Pasolini’s prophecy lives on till today. Thirty years before he predicted the inevitable African Exodus, where millions of people are forced to hunt for a better future. Today Africa “conquers” slowly Italy and his heroes’ Roman neighborhoods now host African Accattones.

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