For centuries, every summer on September 8th, swarms of winged ants travel to the “Mount of Ants” in Italy, where they mate in flight: the impregnated females create new colonies while the male ants die on the ground, at the foot of the sanctuary built on the top of this mountain and dedicated to “Our Lady of The Ants”. Tourists, curious and faithful, come here to witness this event. This singular phenomenon is the starting-point of the film’s reflection about the nature of ant and man, who can see himself mirrored in the little insects.
• Annecy Cinema Italien 2017: Competition • Locarno Festival 2017: Concorso Cineasti del Presente
The second season of Italia DOC is an exciting collaboration between UCL SELCS's Department of Italian and FilmItalia/IstitutoLuce, bringing to London an important series of free screenings of award-winning, contemporary Italian documentaries. All the films will be followed by Q&A sessions with the films' directors.