Raffaela Mariniello, ZioRiz (still), 2022.

Raffaela Mariniello. ZioRiz

First public screening in Naples

Raffaela Mariniello‘s film ‘ZioRiz’ will be screened for the first time in Naples on the occasion of the opening of ‘Spettri: palinsesti della memoria, on 5 October 2022 at 6 p.m.

The President of the Fondazione Donnaregina per le arti contemporanee Angela Tecce, the Artistic Director of the museo Madre Kathryn Weir, the journalist and President of the Campania Region Film Commission Titta Fiore, and the film’s producer Angelo Curti will present the screening along with the artist.

The film ‘ZioRiz’ follows the course of the Volturno, the longest river in southern Italy, from its source to where it reaches the Mediterranean, traversing diverse landscapes. ‘ZioRiz’ is the name of the Canadian canoe on which a man paddles down the waters of the Volturno river, starting from its source in Rocchetta al Volturno, an unspoilt natural reserve. This figure of the boatman Charon slowly takes us from that protected oasis further down the river to its mouth at the densely populated town of Castel Volturno. The passing of the seasons is suggested by the rain, the melting snow, the continuous flow of water until the soil dries out, lashed by the midday sun.

The tale, articulated by the meanders of the river, unfolds in three chapters that portray the gradual transformations of the landscape and its environmental stories: Terra fertile, Terra di lavoro, Terra dei fuochi. The longest river in southern Italy becomes a means to narrate a contradictory territory, where enchantment, industriousness and anthropic devastation alternate. The water flowing through the land is like a palimpsest that rewrites the shape of the soil, carrying within itself an archive of traces of experience.

‘ZioRiz’ is produced by Teatri Uniti with Casa del Contemporaneo with the contribution of Regione Campania and Film Commission Regione Campania, in collaboration with Museo Madre, Studio Trisorio and Zona Rosa.