Introduction

A journey into the deep South of Italy’s Puglia, elected by the New York Times the most beautiful region on earth. 

This place is now menaced by an advancing groove killer disease, the Xylella Fastidiosa, ravaging the olives trees, inflicting painful wounds to the territory. A plague that only comes last in a long list of abuses made to the land, weakened and impoverished by the massive use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers to boost olive oil productivity. What is at risk is an entire rural world with its unique heritage of traditions, eaten up by modern efficiency. 

While investigating about the killer disease, we focused on the rural memory of Puglia, getting closer with people, peasants, and farmers who are struggling to survive through this ordeal, in what has been their life and their land for many centuries.

Jean-Marc Caimi and Valentina Piccinni, based in Rome, work together since 2013 for projects focused both on documentary and more personal, intimate photography.

Interview

a. What program was used to create the multimedia?

We used the simple but effective iMovie. 

b. How and why did you choose that sound/music?

We are a two-people productive unit and we take care of all the aspects connected to a photographic story, which of course includes designing and producing multimedias. We also create the music ourselves, since Jean-Marc had previous experiences as a musician. 

c. Tell us about the editing process when you think of a multimedia.

Editing a multimedia is a very challenging and fashinating process. It includes both selecting and sequencing still photography, optimising video footage and diving into the soundtrack, the musical amniotic liquid where all the elements are floating. With time we became more and more comfortable with this complex process where different media influence and teach each other becoming a whole. 

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