Archipelago
Ch. 3: The Mountain 

The Mountain enters a persecuted spiritual community in the Piedmont region of Italy, Damanhur. Founded by Falco Tarassaco (Oberto Airaudi) in 1975, the community is centred on his spiritual and esoteric knowledges and teachings that he could remember from previous reincarnations, being Falco considered an avatar from 600 years in the future and sent back in human’s history timeline to create a different future. The community has its own constitution, medicines, spiritual technologies and a majestic underground cathedral that is the Temples of Humankind, built inside a mountain reaching 72 metres of depth, which is the spiritual hub of Damanhur. In a genuine difficulty to unapologetically depict the concept of spirituality and to discern what could be for Damanhurians the outcome of imagination or a real fact I tried to blend fiction and documentary. I borrowed a cinematic aesthetics and involved my subjects in constructed scenes that might defy the viewer. Damanhurians in their views agreed with such type of representation, as for them an objective reality cannot exist but just the subjective experience.


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