Programmed by Daniela Persico
By moving between historiography and science, the film narrates an important event in the history of Sardinia: the anti-malaria campaign organised from 1946 to 1951 by the Rockefeller Foundation and known as the ‘Sardinian Project’. By focusing on the images of propaganda that helped fight this endemic disease in many regions of the island, the film offers an insight into the ‘language’ chosen to speak of malaria.
“Sulle arie, sulle acque, sui luoghi” is a visual symphony, composed of natural elements from the land it was born in, in which the prevailing presence of water offers fluid temporality, forming a hybrid narrative area between historiography and science. The island’s disinfection was, however, but the first layer of a stratified trail through the history of humans in their relationship with the landscape. Vittoria Soddu composes a multifaceted visual and sound score, building a journey through different periods, registers and points of view: propaganda images and symbols of war (through which the disease is dealt with in war’s wake) are perceived by visionary filmmakers who, by confronting the literary voice of texts, pave new avenues towards meaning.
Programmer and critic