Festival dei Popoli il progetto


Since its beginning, the Festival dei Popoli has taken on the connotation of an international event, receiving regard from authors and production houses around the world.

The large variety of films collected in the Festival dei Popoli Archives reflects the evolution of documentary cinema over the last 60 years. The Archives cover a broad spectrum of itineraries of human experience: Anthropology and Sociology, historical and political processes, Current Affairs, Way of Life, Society, Information, Art, reflection on the media and the impact of new technologies, Ecology and the Environment, public and private memory, and many others.

Festival dei Popoli 21esima edizione

In 2019, a project aimed at integrating the audiovisual Archives of Festival dei Popoli within that of Mediateca Toscana was launched, as part of the Agreement for the enhancement of the Archival and Bibliographic Heritage, the coordination of interventions and protection in the field of Archives and Libraries between the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities, the Archival and Bibliographic Superintendence of Tuscany and the Tuscan Region. The project foresees the progressive arrangement, digitisation and cataloguing of over 15,000 documentary titles selected from Festival dei Popoli Archives within the Mediateca Toscana Digital Platform.

The possibility of carrying out studies, research and in-depth studies through the consultation of an international audiovisual heritage (more than 92 countries are represented) available in a single archive, through an online catalogue with bilingual Italian-English files, indexed with keywords, amplifies the international scope of the archives, especially for the presence, alongside the works of recognised masters of the genre, of many thousands of films of international origin which have not enjoyed widespread distribution and which remain, to date, waiting to be studied and enhanced. The very nature of the documentary, i.e. the visual documentation of facts and events, is of great interest not only to those who carry out historical and critical studies on cinema, but also to many other disciplines, both humanistic and technical-scientific, which have found in audiovisuals a profitable area of investigation.

News Archive Festival dei Popoli

Throughout the year, the Institute organizes and promotes events for the enhancement of the archives, in the form of festivals, cycles of meetings and screenings, and thematic insights. These events, aimed both at the general public and at professionals and students, can also be carried out in collaboration with other partners with a view to synergy.

Masterclass in the presence of Radu Jude

6 June 2021

The free masterclass held by Radu Jude, this year’s winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. On June 17 at 6:00 pm at the Cinema La Compagnia.

MAI presents “El Etnografo”

22 December 2020

The series of documentaries on Più Compagnia – the last appointment is online starting December 28 – is an integral part of the MAI side program.

The Mai Arrives in the “Land of the Devil”

17 December 2020

The series of documentaries that we offer on Più Compagnia – the second appointment is online from 21 December (free access) – is an integral part of the MAI collateral program.

MAI – the programme goes online

2 December 2020

The series of documentaries that we propose on Più Compagnia starting from December 14th is an integral part of the MAI side program.

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