Eyes on Music: ethnomusicological film festival

CFZ - Cultural Flow Zone
plus DEC, 01 2022

Eyes on Music: ethnomusicological film festival
Coordinated by Giovanni Giuriati, Marco Lutzu, and Simone Tarsitani


Seminar and premiere of films by the winners of the 2020 and 2021 Carpitella Scholarship
1 December 2022 | CFZ – Cultural Flow Zone
Zattere al Pontelungo, Dorsoduro 1392


The seminar and film screenings are part of a wider initiative titled Eyes on Music: Audiovisual Ethnomusicology Projects, launched in 2018 by the Intercultural Institute of Comparative Music Studies (IISMC) of Fondazione Giorgio Cini. The projects are focused on training, promotion, and production support activities in the field of audiovisual and multimedia ethnomusicology.


This year’s edition will feature the public premiere of films by the winners of the 2020 and 2021 Carpitella Scholarship, and a seminar on “Fiction and audiovisual ethnomusicology” with students of Ca’ Foscari University, anthropologists, ethnomusicologists, and the filmmakers.



Seminar programme
Fiction and audiovisual ethnomusicology

Seminar is addressed to Ca’ Foscari University students


With Giovanni Giuriati, IISMC Fondazione Giorgio Cini; Valentina Bonifacio, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice; Giovanni De Zorzi, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice; Marco Lutzu, Università degli Studi di Cagliari; Simone Tarsitani, Durham University; Silvia Paggi, Université Côte d’Azur; Raffaele Pinelli, Université Côte d’Azur.


Carpitella Scholarship Fellows: Petr Nuska, PhD, Durham University; Daniele Zappatore, dottorando, Università ‘La Sapienza’ di Roma; Shan Du, dottoranda, Università di Bologna.



Premiere of the films by Carpitella Fellows 2020 and 2021

Free entrance


Hopa lide, by Petr Nuska (2022) 90 mins (approx.)
with the filmmaker

Who are Romani musicians? Mysterious gatekeepers of carnival atmosphere endowed with musical blood and a special talent to make people sing and dance? Or is that just one big myth? The documentary Hopa lide tackles this question unorthodoxly. Each of its three chapters depicts a collaboration between a Czech anthropologist and Slovak Romani musicians on making music videos. The contact moving camera takes us through humorous scenes from both the stages and backstages of Romani performances but also intimate moments uncovering musicians’ everyday struggles and secret dreams. The film challenges many preconceptions about Romani music, musicianship and Roma in general.


CArang pring wuLUNG: The Journey of a Bamboo Gamelan Maestro, by Daniele Zappatore (2022) 63 mins
with the filmmaker

Carang pring wulung is an ethnomusicological documentary dealing with the gamelan calung, the bamboo xylophone ensembles of Banyumas Regency in Central Java. This tradition is represented through the perspective of Darno, an expert musician, composer and teacher at ISI Surakarta (one of the major Indonesian art academies), who is actively engaged in the promotion, dissemination and innovation of Calung music. Darno’s autobiographical narration is structured in 4 chapters that retrace his artistic and professional path, which is metaphorically associated with the life cycle of a plant; his personal story serves as a mean to investigate the main features of calung music, which are described through the use of innovative graphic animations and real-time transcriptions.