A feature length documentary film about Southern Italian culture told through its indigenous folk music. The film focuses on how these traditions are dealing with the rapid changes in local economy and the homogenizing effect globalization has on local culture. Filmed by an Italian-American rediscovering his family's roots, the film takes the viewer on an odyssey through remote regions in Sicily, Calabria, Campania and Molise introducing the people who carry on these ancient traditions that most Italian Americans are completely unaware of. The Zampogna - the Italian bagpipe is the physical manifestation of this culture, its music representing the spirit and vitality of the Southern Italy.
For those interested in more about the history of the zampogna, click this link... Who knew the history goes back as far as the Babylonians, Greeks and Romans?
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UPDATE: December 3, 2015 - I came upon the following video which I thought would add to the history of the zampogna. The rustic charm of this old zampognaro in his humble home is like looking back in time.... Enjoy.
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