The word ‘landscape’ is made of two parts: ‘land’, from the Old English lond, land, meaning “ground, soil” + -skap, related to the word ‘shape’ from the Old English scieppan, meaning “to create, to form” (Ingold 2011).
This short film is a multispecies ethnographic collaboration between humans and donkeys, in the permacultural site of Centre Thar dö Ling, in the Valley of Sagana (Sicily, Italy), where the land is being regenerated, and regenerative, through more-than-human ecological interactions. Land is shaped as land shapes.
XXVII OpenEyes Film Fest (Marburg Germany) wrote about Land/Scape:
Since the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University has brought new attention and aesthetic impetus to research film through acclaimed productions, this film genre has flourished once again. Land/Scape is about the confrontation between the soil, the earth, the land and its formation, development and creation, realised in a cross-species ecology of perception.
Michal Krawczyk and Giulia LeporiWriter
Michal Krawczyk and Giulia LeporiProducer
Project Type:Documentary, Experimental, Short, Student, Other
Runtime:7 minutes 10 seconds
Completion Date:February 27, 2020
Country of Origin:Italy
Country of Filming:Italy
Student Project:Yes - Griffith University
Pantalla Rota Art ExhibitionBuenos Aires
December 4, 2020
Regard Bleu Ethnographic Film FestivalZurig
October 16, 2020
Festival de Cine FENACIRSan Luis de Potosi
October 30, 2020
Kinesthesia Film Festival
July 16, 2021
XXVII OpenEyes Film Fest Marburg
July 21, 2021
October 1, 2021
Michal Krawczyk is a PhD candidate at Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia) within the field of Environmental Humanities, combining ethnography with cinema.
His first film ‘Yuyos’ (2018) co-directed with Giulia Lepori (Griffith University), is an ethnographic inquiry into the ethnobotanical knowledge of one peasant family in Paraguay, was screened at film festivals and conferences worldwide through 2018-2019.
Their cinematic project ‘Land/Scape’, an experimental multispecies collaboration between humans and donkeys in the Mediterranean island of Sicily is currently being screened at film festivals.
'How does a bark feel like' (2020), slow ecomediation merging moving images with words, will be screened in 2021 at Vienna Biennale for Change dedicated to Climate Care: Reimagining Shared Planetary Futures.
Dondolo and Giorgiana are two donkeys that live and work the land in the permacultural site of Centre for Development of Consciousness – Thar dö Ling, in Italy.