Alfea Cinematografica is a Cooperative society born in 1977.
Among its many activities (film production, video and multimedia production, vocational training, film distribution and cinema exhibitor) social documentary production and the use of audio-visual languages and instruments for training purposes are its most important ones.
We operate in the social sector since the 80s, when we took part in different projects concerning activities with prisoners and young people vocational training.
In 1995 we made a series of reports about sexual discrimination in the workplace and a documentary called Orario continuato [24hr Opening] produced by the Tuscan Commission of Equal Opportunities.
Our social commitment has been going on for many years, and it has concerned many local projects regarding racial intolerance, sexual discrimination, education, social integration etc.
In 2002, as the final result of a training course, we made a 10 episodes tv show about multicultural awareness called Macchie di Leopardo [Leopard spots] which was entirely carried out by youngsters form the Senegalese Community of Pisa and broadcasted on many Tuscan TV channels.
In 2010 we have been granted by the Ministry of Economic Development the status of multimedia and audio-visual material provider for digital terrestrial frequencies in the province of Pisa, Livorno and Lucca under the brand FareTV.
FareTV, available also online at www.faretv.net, is a community TV born to promote a new kind of television where social and cultural local associations and projects can find some space.
FareTV is a think-tank and a debate workshop where we give a voice to the voiceless.
At FareTV we collaborate with public entities and voluntary organisations in order to produce and broadcast reports and TV shows about health education, society and culture in general (stage shows, concerts, debates, meetings).
Since 2010 we have been making videos for many European Projects LIFE+, EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental action.
In 2011 we contributed to the making of a 70 minutes film called Casti Dei [Chaste Gods], by Enrico Grazioli, produced with the help of ASL6 Livorno and CESVOT. This film was the result of a project about mental disorders and how to help social integration and fight stigma through cinema, theatre, music and direct management of accommodation centres.
Also in 2011 we made the video Pisa, città di incorci [Pisa, a city of crossroads] produced within the transnational cooperation project C.U.L.T.U.R.E. (Cités Unesco Laboratoire de Territoires Urbains Équilibrés) and co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund that involves eight partners from Italy, Spain and Greece.
In 2012 we carried out an awareness-raising campaign against violence towards women promoted by the association against domestic violence Casa delle donne of Pisa, province of Pisa and Tuscany. The campaign was composed by a series of spots and short film about this subject.
Since 2013 Alfea Cinematografica takes part in European projects whose aim is to help migrants’ and disadvantaged people’s integration through theatre, music, videos and dancing.
In 2013/14 we were partners of the Opera Q project, financed with EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme support. This project’s goal was to develop an intercultural and intergenerational learning approach in order to give disadvantaged groups an alternative opportunity to access to education through the making of neighbourhood creative workshops.
Within the Opera Q project, we made a documentary called Attraverso i vostri occhi [Through your eyes] about the development of theatrical workshops in each of the three partner cities: Molenbeek (Belgium), Liverpool (UK) and Seravezza (Italy).
In 2016/17 we took part in the Nicer project, financed with EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme support. This project envisaged the development of a new inclusive approach for refugees through their participation to theatrical activities.
Within Nicer we made an Institutional Documentary about the project and a video, Three of Us by Mauro Maugeri, that was shown during the Festival dei Popoli of Florence in 2017 and during the N.I.F.F.- Noto International Film Festival of 2017.
In 2017/18 we took part in the EnFeM project, co-financed by the EU’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and included in the European action plan for the inclusion of migrant women. Within the EnFeM project we made a Video Workshop fot migrant women and a documentary about the whole project.
In 2018/19 we took part in two projects: Lab31 (whose aim is to provide children and youngsters from different countries the tools, the locations and the inspiration to make active playing a daily priority), co-financed by the EU’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF); and Image-In (an innovative approach providing for genuine interaction of young refugees at local level) a project financed by the UE’s Erasmus+ Project and leaded by us.
In December of 2018 the project I.COM was launched (co-financed by UE’s Migration and Home Affairs) and we are currently taking part in it as partner. Its goal is to promote young migrants’ integration through new communication tools.