Private Project

La Madonna del Mare - The Bride of the Sea

Anna Maria has been fishing since she was five years old. Today she is 83 years and the oldest Italian fisherwoman. Born and raised in a village along the Adriatic coast, her family was one of many fishing families in the village. Her father taught her the traditions, art and the knowledge of fishing, and this tradition still holds a strong bond within her.

Over the years, the village’s fishers moved on to other towns and harbors, but she continued to travel the same seas that have surrounded her a lifetime. Nowadays, she is known as “the bride of the sea” but she considers herself just a fisherwoman. The sea has changed, nevertheless her days are planned as always; in accordance to the fishing seasons and the flow of the tides. Her history is all in that tireless flow.

  • Valentina Lanci
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Student
  • Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 31, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 EUR
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  • Student Project:
  • Kratovo Ethnological Film Festival
    Kratovo, Macedonia
    Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
    September 29, 2019
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • UiT - University of Tromso
    Country: Norway
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Valentina Lanci

Valentina Lanci is an Italian photographer and journalist currently living in Norway. Since many years, she aim at combining her passion for visual languages with that for human culture, politics and activism.

She worked as journalist and web-reporter for various civic society' and activist organizations, engaged in human rights' advocacy and environmental protection.

La Madonna del Mare is her first documentary project realized within her Master program in Visual Anthropology at UiT- University of Tromso. The documentary explores the everyday life of the oldest fisherwoman still fishing on the Adriatic Coast (Italy). Filmed, edited and subtitled by herself.

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