Mediterranean Rhapsody is a journey of discovery of an underground, invisible Italy, far from current narratives. The protagonists of this immersion are people who struggle, in their small local communities, for the survival of certain musical expressions of oral tradition, against the tide of an increasingly strong general cultural homologation. Young girls of Arbëreshë origin, elderly shepherds or fishermen, passionate researchers, are the faces and stories that make up the framework and sentiment of this rhapsodic and fragmented journey, grappling with the polyvocal songs of certain interstitial areas of our territory, but also with the construction of ancient instruments and the use of so-called ephemeral instruments, languages rooted deep in popular culture.

The documentary project Mediterranean Rhapsody fits perfectly into the line of great 'creation documentaries' that, through thematic investigation, showcase the originality of the narration and highlight the style and quality of direction, which transform the narration into 'visual poetry'. As the title states, the film is intended to be interpreted and developed precisely as a 'rhapsody' built on the essential 'five movements' of human existence since its appearance on Earth. Sound, before music, which is nothing more than the material governing sound, represents one of the first creative gestures of the human being along with drawing and before writing. The journey that the directors invite us to share is rooted in the ancestral roots of the history of our country, which is so rich in traditions, often forgotten and when rediscovered surprisingly fascinating, especially for the discovery of the women and men behind them.

Gianluca De Serio, Massimiliano De Serio
Gianluca De Serio, Massimiliano De Serio
Gianluca De Serio, Massimiliano De Serio
Director of photography
Piero Basso
Film Editor
Altri credits

Matteo Mari (Supervisione alla post-produzione); Andrea Lucietti (Coordinatore di produzione); 

Executive production
con il sostegno di Film Commission Torino Piemonte - Piemonte Doc Film Fund - sviluppo dicembre 2022
Assistente di produzione
Giacomo Melegari
Last update: 09 March 2023