Roots – The Film



A folk holiday of rural Italy, where ancient arboreal and pagan rituals achieve a symbiosis with the Catholic religion, symbolizes the link between earth and sky while evincing a sexual union through the joining together of two different types of trees, but also represents the progression of nature’s cycles.

Original music from the expedition of the anthropologist Ernesto de Martino in the same area in 1952, courtesy of Ethno-Musicological Archives S. Cecilia in Rome.

Italy, 2015