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Tales from Piemonte
A series of snapshot films show the passion Italians feel for the place of their birth.
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2009 12:36 GMT

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Leonilda's Photographs

Umberto has been collecting Leonilda Prato's photographs since he discovered their stunning beauty.

Leonilda was the local photographer who earned her living by portraying the people of the village and the mountains around it.

Her art was the only visual memory that could be passed over to the generations, so much so that she became the official photographer of the resistance.

Her nephew Umberto has decided to find all her photographs and has asked the village of Pamparato to help him.

The King of Sweetness

The Leone factory is as sweet and as beautiful as the bon-bons it makes: an art-noveaux building which one doesn't forget easily.

Giovanni Monero, the owner, was born in the factory he inherited from his grandfather and is now obliged to leave it.

The pastiglie Leone are so famous and production has been rising so much that there is no alternative.

But Manero has some interesting ideas on the new factory, where he will be bringing the passion of more than 150 years of sweet-making.

Miacchia mon Amour

Andrea is competing with the local Mcdonalds by launching a traditional food called Miaccia (a waffle with melted cheese) in his store.

He also wants to export his formula to the rest of Italy and expand even beyond.

But he needs his grandparent's knowledge of the mountain traditions in order to propose some original side dishes. They help but don't really approve.

Amerigo's Voices

Amerigo is a 70-year-old explorer who has been discovering traditional songs for many years now.

He tours the region with his old recorder, taping the popular songs that the people once used to sing by heart.

Amerigo also leads a chorus which has become very popular, specially after the tour in Palestine and Israel.

But Amerigo hasn't changed and his main concern is to give people back what he has been taking from them in years.

Source:
Al Jazeera
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