29 minutes, 2015
Réalisation : Umberto CAO (Italie) et Andrea MURA (Italie)
Production : Associazione Culturale Iscandula (Italie)
Dating back 3,000 years to the Nuragic civilization, the launeddas is a woodwind instrument played in Sardinia.
Interest in launeddas fell away in the 1960’s and 70’s, but has grown recently with the internet giving the instrument a new lease of life.
The documentary “Nodas. Launeddas al tempo della crisi” shows five of the new generation’s best launeddas players and, through them looks at the differences between folklore and ethnicity, tradition and experimentation, local identity and globalization. We also discover the living conditions of a whole generation of Sardinians as they learn to cope with the socio-economic crisis.
Umberto CAO is an anthropologist. With a master’s in medical anthropology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, he became interested in the social inequalities experienced by indigenous peoples in many parts of the world, particularly Greenland and Quebec.
During the last three years he has been co-ordinating international co-operation for disabled people at the University of Bologna. He currently works in visual anthropology, particularly street art and documentary films.
Andrea MURA is a film-maker. After studying philosophy, he began to teach himself about documentary film, working at the University of Cagliari (Sardinia) and taking part in several workshops run by directors such as David MacDougall and Giuseppe Ferrara. In 2012 he obtained a degree in cinema documentary and docu-drama at Palermo’s Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. Since then he has been working as a director, cameraman and editor.