A journey to the roots of Italian folk music through the images and the words of its greatest interpreter, Caterina Bueno.
Caterina is a portrait of the main researcher and interpreter of traditional folk and peasant singing in Italy. Indeed, it was thanks to Caterina Bueno’s work (Fiesole, 1943 – Florence, 2007) that a wide repertoire of songs, orally transmitted up to the 20th century, was recovered and saved from oblivion. Since the earliest ‘60s, a life devoted to music and research took Caterina on national and international stages, making her a key figure in the cultural world of the time. Her path crossed those of Italy‘s major contemporary intellectuals, such as Dario Fo, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Umberto Eco, including artists such as Giovanna Marini, Fausto Amodei and Francesco De Gregori. Caterina represents an interesting journey through the social and cultural change occurring in Italy in the years of the economic boom and, more generally, reflects on the relationship of a country and a community with their own cultural and historical memory.
Directed by Francesco Corsi
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Produced by Kiné
In collaboration with Istituto Ernesto De Martino,
AESS – Archivio di Etnografia e Storia Sociale Regione Lombardia,
Associazione Culturale Bueno,
Home Movies – Archivio Nazionale del Film di Famiglia