Felipe at Mostra Audiovisual de Cambuquira, Minas Gerais
Cambuquira is a small town in Minas Gerais, Brazil, with a population of around 13,000 people. The city is part of the circuit of the waters of Minas Gerais and has several water sources with medicinal properties. As a result, the city had its heyday a few decades ago, when celebrities from around the world came for its miraculous waters.
The cambuquirenses (name of the local population) are great storytellers, so they like to mix fact and fiction in their stories. Unsurprisingly, the city is surrounded by legends and myths.
Nowadays, the city hosts MOSCA, a film festival that will hold its 10th edition in August 2015.
As part of the activities leading up to the festival, we were invited to present the film ‘Light-Year’ in a premiere session. For me as a director, to show a film for the first time is always the hardest part of the whole process. But I already participated in the MOSCA before so my anxiety was soon replaced by a feeling of “home”.
During the debate after the screening the reception was very good and Ananda, organizer of the festival, even joked: I hope that Light-Year will have a lot of success.
Next stop: Rio de Janeiro.
Pati, Museu de Astronomia de Rio de Janeiro (MAST)
Every since 2002, the Museum Week in Brazil is a celebration that takes place every year in May. It is a week full of attractions to both expert and other museum visitors, ranging from exhibitions to talks, debates and workshops.
With GalileoMobile’s BraBo ‘Light-Year’ documentary ready to be launched, why not take the opportunity to celebrate the movie premiere within a Museum during the Museum Week. Especially since Brazil is one of the countries where the BraBo project took place. The screening would only get better if we could combine it with the activity we like to do the most: observe the sky! That’s exactly what happened on May, 20th, 2015 at the Museum of Astronomy and Related Sciences in Rio de Janeiro.
MAST is the largest architectonic astronomy-related complex in Latin America and an excellence research institution dedicated to, among others, the study of science education in non-formal setting. Therefore, the audience of the ‘Light-Year’ screening was a demanding one: astronomers, science educators and communicators!
After his passage through Minas Gerais, Felipe Carrelli, the director flew to Rio de Janeiro to meet the GalileoMobile team members, Patrícia and Sandra. The launch of the movie at MAST and promoted a rich debate full of ideas about GalileoMobile’s future projects and inquiries about the film’s conception. The event was followed by a night-sky observation through a 21 inch centenary refractor that is part of the museological collection of MAST. In the meantime Jupiter was gracefully eclipsed by Callisto and exhibiting its other three moons floating on the space.
Sandra – Centro Cultural Casa Nuvem, Rio de Janeiro
Two days after the exhibition at the Museum, we organised another screening in Rio de Janeiro. It took place in a social centre, Casa Nuvem, that hosts a great deal of cultural events. Thanks to the promotion efforts of our hostess Monica Nahia, we managed to gather around 60 people to watch ‘Light-Year’! On this occasion Fernanda Ligabue, the documentary’s photography director was also with us. It was very special to see how the people reacted to the documentary, how they smiled, how they listened mindfully to the interviews, some of them approvingly nodding, how they became part of GalileoMobile even if it was only for a moment and their eyes full of wonder. A brief discussion about the project arose afterwards and we were very happy to hear comments about the “open-mind” spirit of the documentary, which shows not only the scientist visions but also the opinions and beliefs of those we visited. Afterwards everybody was invited to stay for our wave-duality party, which was a lot of fun!