Tribute to Italian director Gualtiero Jacopetti

Tribute to Italian director Gualtiero Jacopetti

On Saturday April 9, the Cinema Roma in Barga will pay homage to Gualtiero Jacopetti, who was born in the medieval town near Lucca in 1919.


Together with Franco Prosperi and Paolo Cavara, the journalist, writer and filmmaker Gualtiero Jacopetti directed the documentary film Mondo Cane, the forefather of “Mondo movies” or shockumentaries; works that in the 60s invaded Italian cinemas with their strong and shocking images. The documentary Around the World in 16 Years – the story of Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi will be screened on Saturday at 5 p.m., and director Federico Caddeo will introduce his work.


The tribute continues in the evening with the screening of Goodbye Uncle Tom, a social satire on American slavery produced by Jacopetti and Prosperi in 1971 that was pulled from circulation after its release because of the film’s raw content. The film will be shown uncut for the second time in Italy in the presence of Christine Jacopetti, Gualtiero’s daughter, Stefano Loparco, author of the only biography on Jacopetti, Federico Caddeo, who knew Jacopetti during the director’s last 5 years and of Franco Prosperi, partner in all of his adventures.


In addition to the complete retrospective of Jacopetti’s films, the Galleria Comunale and Galleria Bel Canto in Barga will host the exhibition Wild Gaze – The Mondo Movie World in Italy curated by Paolo Zelati (1 April – 1 May 2016).