Mathema, the new film by Maurizio Giordano dedicated to the CPIA

“The last two years, which have just passed, with the breakthrough of traditional teaching and learning methods due to the pandemic emergency, could be the right opportunity to rediscover the fundamental social and ‘regenerative’ role of the school. Two years that also highlights how differentiated access to technological devices has determined the possibility and quality of learning. task, to which it is named and for which the knowledge is followed by competencies of the active nationality, from the potential of each individual.of what kind and origin it is, of which s craft tools necessary for easy between the Moving events of life and blossoming innate potential, develop what one sees as very personal and unique Life project is, but the school, today as never before, has another purpose, which is of salvation and social reintegration. , as happens in adult recovery and school programs. The teachers and operators of the CPIA of Naples 2, in indifference and invisibility, take over every day personal and human events that go beyond the only formative expectation.

To remind us is the documentary “Mathema”of Maurizio Giordano (Director and screenwriter) with Vincenzo Giugliano (Screenplay and Scenes), Francesco Giordano (Photography and Editing), Gianni Scirocco (Photography and Aerial), Silvestro Marino (Executive Production and Direct Sound), Federica Spiteri (Still Photography). In the cast the students and teachers of the Cpia Naples Città 2 and with the director: Rosa Angela Luiso. The work tears up the veil of ignorance that surrounds a reality, the CPIA (in this case, that of Naples 2), whose deserving role in literacy in the intellectual and cultural recovery of adult students, Italian and foreign, including Prison population ruled. of the Poggioreale Prison, who interrupted his studies on duty for various reasons.
It is the story of adult literacy conducted through a visual and sound research conducted by the City of Naples, with interviews with teachers and students of the CPIA, which intertwines with the imaginary story of a teacher attending an evening school for the first time confronted.

Maurizio Giordano breaks down the wall of prejudice and clichés surrounding the CPIA, in line with his artistic and documentary vision that has been implemented in his works. (Provincial Adult Education Centers)which condemns him for the invisibility and misrepresentation of his fundamental mission, because besides those who simply ignore their existence, there are some who do not recognize him the status of the “school”, even because, as the director of CPIA 2 of Naples reported to be a “widespread” institution in terms of relevance, many finding it difficult to identify it in a physical, concrete, real building.

Giordano leads the viewer by hand to introduce him to the CPIA 2 remote galaxy in Naples; even in his role as interviewer, he never actually takes the stage, but gives it to the true protagonists of his documentary, the students and teachers and professionals who work at CPIA 2 in Naples and in the prison of Poggioreale; the latter are told without filters, in keeping with the “writing” of a documentary, which does not turn into the sweet reality, but brings out the difficulties they encounter every day in their work, from the psychological of those who after a day under the overwhelming and suffocating hood of a total institution like prison, he experiences the return to external reality as liberation, a return to take a deep breath, until the examination of the methodological approach seen on every student everyone with an experience behind them is different: of those who, having found themselves overnight unemployed due to the fallout from the emergency in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic, bravely decided to go back to the books for a future for themselves to build themselves and their families to foreigners who correctly identify in school and master the language of the host country the only tools that facilitate social inclusion at any age, such as is by a Cing Student Alese at age 63.

The cinema is by definition a “story through images”, the documentary is on the contrary a succession of “images that tell each other, that speak in place of the author”: this is made clear by Maurizio Giordano’s stylistic choice of interspersing the narrative Fabric of his documentary with some sequences from two films dedicated to the state of prisoners, the excellent “Le Stanze Aperto”, by Maurizio and Francesco Giordano, and “Reclusi”, in which the characteristics of the prisoners were interviewed. are circumscribed in a rectangle also like to make plastic that they as prisoners speak only through the slit in the door of their cell. But the title is also worth mentioning, “Mathema”, “Mathematics” in ancient Greek, whose etymology is the Greek verb “manthano”, meaning “to learn, to learn” as if to emphasize this school, of every order and degree . , it is not only a place where the few learn a lot, but also and above all an ecosystem where everyone, teachers and students, learns and learns in continuous osmosis. All the more so when students are exposed to a high risk of social marginalization and, above all, foreigners whose full integration, with the consequent liberation from the stigma of the “others”, cannot be separated from an adequate cultural education. We are well aware of how the dynamics of inclusion and socialization have obvious implications for the identity problem. In fact, as the Russian psychologist Vygotsky argued, “We go through others.”


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