A People’s journey
(Religious documentary, 40 minutes – 2012)
It is a journey that has long begun that of the Gitanes. Forced to set out from the first centuries after Christ, these peoples have crossed rivers without bridges, from India to Pakistan, from Persia to Armenia,
throughout the Byzantine Empire, and after more than twenty centuries are still traveling. Many of them, from fine artisans, horse breeders, artists and musicians have meanwhile entered the societies of the various European countries, crossed far and wide. Many others, even today continue the adventure of their long journey, with the exception of a small annual detour: the Pilgrimage of Saintes Maries de la Mer. Almost as many centuries ago, in this small seaside village in the Camargue, landed by east Marie Jacobè, Marie Salome (one of the Madonna’s cousins is wanted) together with their servant Sara. They baptized and spread the doctrine of Christ first in these places. Sara will become the Patroness and Protectress of the nomadic peoples. And so every year, in May, the Relics of the Three Saints shine on the centuries-old ritual of these wonderful people, for their baptisms and their marriages, with such evocative ceremonials to attract to Saintes Maries de la Mer thousands and thousands of spectators from all of Europe.
1st Prize Best Documentary at VII International Festival of Imperia.