Sunday, May 5, 2013

"The Peasant and the Priest" by Esther Podemski in NY New Filmmaker's Festival


"What can a 14th century fresco tell us about contemporary politics?
More than you think."
 
On April 17, Esther Podemski's documentary, The Peasant and the Priest, screened at Anthology Film Archives' Courthouse Theater as part of the New Filmmakers Festival in New York City. 

The Peasant and the Priest is the story of two Italian men in their eighties whose ways of life have survived from medieval Italy to the present. One is a sharecropper, and one is a priest. Each try to contribute to a world that moves relentlessly and carelessly forward. 

The point of departure for exploring the two parallel lives is a 14th century fresco, The Allegory of Good and Bad Government, by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, shown above.

To read more and see a clip of the film, click here

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