The «Revolt of Dignity»

MIGRANTS: Returning to the origins of the gospel and staging it as a passion play for the rights of migrants.

(Translated from English by Google Gtranslate)

Milo Rau is, of course, not the first director to turn the Passion Play into a film. Nor is he the first to do it in the southern Italian city of Matera. Pier Paolo Pasolini and Mel Gibson both made their films about the trial and crucifixion of Jesus there, and it’s a legacy the Swiss theater director, known for provocative political action, wishes to transform into more meaningful community engagement and impact. The New Gospel is both a recording of the Play, and its costumed pageant procession, and a look behind the scenes of its preparation, in which migrant labour activism struggles to inform its ever-evolving real-world implications.

Rau is the artistic director of Belgium’s NTGent theater, where he adheres to a manifesto of social change and empowerment beyond mere representation. He was invited to do a project in Matera as part of its 2019’ European Capital of Culture selection. Upon his initial visit, he soon became aware of the inhumane conditions in refugee camps located in the city’s surroundings, and the exploitation of labourers linked to mafia

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Carmen Gray
Freelance film critic and regular contributor to Modern Times Review.
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