STIGMA

By Elisa Flaminia INNO

CAPETOWN FILM SRL - as PROD

Documentary - Development 2020


    • Year of production
    • 2020
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Art - Culture
    • Countries
    • ITALY, FRANCE
    • Languages
    • ITALIAN
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 70 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Elisa Flaminia INNO
    • Writer(s)
    • Elisa Flaminia INNO
    • Producer(s)
    • Camillo ESPOSITO (CAPETOWN FILM SRL)
    • Synopsis
    • Italy, June 1959. An anthropologist leaves for a mission in southern Italy in search of tarantism, the ancient evil sent by Saint Paul through the bite of a tarantula. The poison provokes obsessions and possessions to the victims; the only antidote is an ancient musical exorcism called pizzica pizzica and a miraculous pilgrimage to the Saint Paul church in Puglia. Annabella Rossi holds for thirty years cameras and sound recorder, telling through magic and occult rites a part of the old southern Italian society branded by a social Stigma and erased from history. Between 1959 and 1980 she filmed, photographed and interviewed many characters: Anna is one of the last victim of tarantism, with whom she had a deep epistolary relationship for 8 years; and Giuseppina, the holy founder of the cult of Glorious Albert, shot after her big popularity. Annabella tells her own story in the last days of her life, broken by a terrible sikness in 1984, during her last research. For thirty-five years her vast archive has been buried at the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions in Rome and will be unveiled in 2020