"CAFFE' SOSPESO " AT XV VALSUSA FILFEST


The “ Caff´¿½ Sospeso”, an old Neapolitan custom where cafeteria customers would pay for an extra cup of coffee to be set aside for anyone unable to pay for his/her own,  is the inspiration behind the “Caff´¿½ Sospeso” Network, which was presented at the recent edition of the Valsusa Filmfest, Valle di Susa (Piedmont).

The network is concerned with initiatives that help inmates of Italian prisons maintain contacts with the outside world and was represented at the Filmfest by members of two cooperatives who  help groups of prisoners  - the Lazzarelle Cooperative of Naples which produces coffee under the trademark Lazzarelle with inmates of the women’s prison at Pozzuoli  and the Pausa Caf´¿½ Cooperative of Turin producing coffee, cocao and beer at the prisons of Turin and Saluzzo. An additional guest was Davide Dutto, author of the book “Il Gambero Nero, ricette in carcere” (“The Black Shrimp, recipes in prison” ´¿½ with reference to the Italian Michelin guide equivalent, known as the “Gambero Rosso” or “Red Shrimp”).

The Valsusa Filmfest is also part of a wider network of Italian festivals, exhibitions and mutual help cultural associations, in the spirit of the “caff´¿½ sospeso” offered to a stranger in need. The network comprises the Festival of Cinema of Human Rights (Naples), Lampedusainfestival, the island of Lampedusa (Sicily), the Film Festival sul Paesaggio (Landscape) at Polizzi Generosa (Sicily), the Marine Caff´¿½ Noir ´¿½ Festival di Letteratura Applicate (Applied Literature), Cagliari (Sardinia), Riaceinfestival at Riace (Calabria) and the S/paesati (loosely translated as “Lost”, “out of touch”) at Trieste (Friuli Venezia Giulia).

The Valsusa Filmfest is an annual competition of films, shorts, music videoclips and documentaries, open to all and centred on the themes of environmental conservation and the preservation of local and folk memories.

For details of this year’s prizewinners:  www.valsusafilmfest.it

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