Since ancient times man has had to build bonds to survive the adversities of nature and to be able to evolve. Over the centuries, human coalitions have thus become the main tool for progress in evolution and for creating a broader body. Mutual support, sharing and collaboration were therefore essential means necessary for the society that wanted to reach a goal. In concomitance with all this, the mistrust of those who are not part of their group or social context has been established in man. This mistrust has always been exploited to support the invasions and the territorial conquests and of entire populations. With the Roman conquest policy, once conquered a territory, the ultimate goal was to "convert" the inhabitants to the lifestyle of the conquerors, to begin to be part of the social life of that people and not become slaves or rejected.
Today, this diffidence towards the different has now become an integral part of society and collaboration and mutual support are increasingly neglected. Living in an era in which the IO is the most important part of an individual's life, man is increasingly inclined to rely only on himself, distrusting more and more from contact with others and especially with others. With the arrival of technology and the web, more and more isolation from reality and intermediation between human relationships is developing, making man an individual who, although connected with everyone, is losing his sense of community and the ability to trust others. This leads to a greater difficulty of mutual sustenance within the Western community, which to this day increasingly develops mistrust and intolerance.
'Sinti - A Family Portrait' tells the reality of a bubble detached from time and the space that surrounds it, bringing back the intimate portrait of a culture that - despite being often ignored and unknown - is still alive and strongly present in the territory. A tribe carrying a rhythm of life that allows it to live strongly the sense of community and making sharing an integral part of the collective life: the Sinti tribe.
The Sinti are a nomadic ethnicity until the middle of the last century coming from the north of India and settled throughout Italy and in the rest of Europe. It is a people that has always been discriminated against, and since ancient times it has suffered all kinds of persecution. Just think of the incredible treatment reserved for them during the Nazi period, where the Sinti were deported to concentration camps or massacred in the host countries.
Today the different Sinti communities are now an integral part of the European territory where there is the search for a real integration with the local culture, despite a sudden increase in intolerance and fear towards the different. Italy is the European country where intolerance towards Roma and Sinti is more widespread, in fact, it is the only country in Europe where the camps exist, created to solve the housing emergency of Roma and Sinti citizens.
In the last year I have visited several camps within Emilia-Romagna, the region with the highest density of Sinti inhabitants nationwide, getting in touch with some families and being able to tell this tribe and its great ability to make community , their constant sharing of spaces, personal assets and the strong sense of mutual support that characterizes and sustains life within the field. A people that lives proudly preserving what is an ancient and precious culture, composed of a strong sense of community and family.