Programmed by Claudia Maci
CERN – a citadel that looks like a social and human experiment in itself, where the collaboration and integration model has to be tested and reaffirmed day after day. Particle physicists are now heading toward the wide open and unmapped field of the “unknown unknowns”. No “wowing effect”, maybe for generations. The documentary observes the daily life of a community as an organism where the life of each individual is interwoven with the development of science, harsh and cruel judgement of the community of peers, ever-changing political framework, constant struggle against the attempts of private interests, misunderstanding of media and economic constraints. A compact world trying to resist the assaults of the ruthless show-biz world we created ourselves.
Like visiting the Sistine Chapel or Notre Dame de Paris, there’s something sacred about a tour of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research in that the place symbolises a civilisation, contemporary society and its incredible achievements. As she makes her way through the tunnels of this temple where more than 10,000 people work every day, Anna de Manincor and the Zimmerfrei collective focus on the human dimension that permeates this place and becomes the driving force for countless scientific discoveries. In the cosy warmth of the cafeteria, the film’s beating heart, we grasp an idea of the human experience amongst those who work here, and we learn how the greatest discoveries have sometimes arisen over a simple cup of coffee…
Managing Director of Festival dei Popoli