DIVE - Schools Project

The DIVE Project - Diversity in Visual-Essays

The project provides an opportunity for students of all levels (from kindergarten through secondary school) to reflect on and become aware of how cultural plurality is a component to be valued, not feared or standardized. To mature this awareness, students and pupils are engaged in a course that follows two main directions:

  • Theoretical audiovisual language literacy training;
    Documentary film technique and thematic playful-laboratory training on the key concepts of the project (empathy, dialogue, importance of words, community, active listening, etc.).

At the conclusion of the project, students from participating schools will have created an audiovisual product aimed at peers on the theme of "diversity as a community resource."

The "DIVE - Diversity in Visual-Essays" initiative, carried out by Festival dei Popoli - Italian Institute for Social Documentation Film, the independent film production company Echivisivi and the cultural association L'Aleph, is implemented as part of the National Cinema and Images for Schools Plan promoted by MiC - Ministry of Culture and MiM - Ministry of Education and Merit.

Participating students

Recipients of the project are kindergarten, primary and secondary school classes, in a scaffolding of knowledge and skills transmission in peer-to-peer mode.

After the first phase, dedicated to audiovisual literacy, common to all classes and declined according to the different age groups, the secondary school classes will receive specific technical training in which they will learn how to write and produce an audiovisual work, learning how to "translate into images" an idea.

They will then organize themselves into a small film crew to teach younger students (secondary and primary) how to make some short documentary films on the theme of diversity.

The final products will be presented at the spring edition of "Popoli for Kids and Teens" to be held on Monday, May 29, 2023 at La Compagnia cinema in Florence.

School complexes involved

Istituto Comprensivo "Montagnola Gramsci", Firenze
Istituto Comprensivo “Libero Andreotti”, Pescia (PT)
Liceo Statale “G. Pascoli”, Firenze
I.S.I.S “Sismondi - Pacinotti”, Pescia (PT)

Involvement of teachers

The project is implemented at every stage by the "DIVE" project workers with the active involvement of teachers. A selection of preschool teachers follow the audiovisual training classes to use the acquired skills in the classroom.

Project Phases

Encounter with documentary cinema
Edited by: Festival dei Popoli
Organisers: Michele Crocchiola, Vittorio Iervese, Irene Lucchesi, Claudia Maci
Date of implementation: 9 November 2022

The project activities began with the students' participation in an initiative dedicated to them in the programme of the 63rd Festival dei Popoli - International Documentary Film Festival (Florence, 5-13 November 2022). This event envisaged the participation of pupils and students from all the classes and schools involved together with their contact teachers. On the occasion of the meeting took place

    • the official presentation of the DIVE project in all its phases;
    • the presentation of those involved;
    • the intervention of teachers from the participating schools;
    • the viewing of a documentary from the archive of the Festival dei Popoli followed by the active involvement of the students with an analysis of the cinematographic language of the work viewed;
    • a workshop held by L'Aleph


Training in audiovisual language - From idea to staging
Literacy and technical training in audiovisual language
Edited by: Echivisivi
Trainers: Lorenzo Bagnatori, Giuseppe Cassaro, Samuele Rossi
Running period: November 2022 - February 2023

Literacy and technical training on audiovisual language, i.e. learning to "read" audiovisual works and to "write" audiovisual compositions.

  • "Learning to "read" - Elements of audiovisual literacy
    This phase provides the basic tools for learning to consciously read the audiovisual product, starting from its grammar. Using teaching tools and methodologies calibrated to the different age groups, a synthetic outline of what makes up an audiovisual work is provided
  • "Learning to write" - Technical elements of audiovisual writing and staging
    In this phase, the technical knowledge to realise an audiovisual work is imparted, starting from the idea and elaborating it in the form of a story through images. Technical writing (elaboration of the subject/treatment and script) is also central in documentary cinema.


Diversity survey
Edited by: L'Aleph
Trainers: Daniela Burgio, Elena Francescon, Irene Lucchesi, Francesca Lurci
Running period: November 2022 - February 2023

In this phase of the project, the students, divided into their respective groups, undertake an awareness-raising and in-depth study of the project's themes through critical, creative and caring thinking workshops to reflect on the theme of diversity as a value, with the help of specialised operators.

Each class group, transformed into a research community using the Philosophy for Children methodology, is offered a space for thought in which participants feel free to bring out their own imagination, ideas, prejudices and doubts about diversity.

The workshops are an opportunity to stand critically against models and stereotypes that turn into reinforced social attitudes towards what is different from what we know and what is familiar to us (critical thinking), to embrace new perspectives of care and communication towards the other (caring thinking) and to build together a new narrative of diversity in its forms - language, skills, cultures, gender - as opposed to the one uncritically disseminated by multimedia channels.


Audiovisual content creation workshop for secondary school and primary school students
In this workshop the active involvement of primary and secondary school students is envisaged. The latter will assist, through the peer tutoring methodology, the younger students in the development of short documentaries on the theme of diversity. During the activity, the students will have the opportunity to put into practice what they have learnt in the "learning to write" module.

  • In this workshop, the students will tackle, on a small scale, the stages of producing an audiovisual work:
  • Project conception and development (writing the subjects and working out the language to be used)
    Pre-production (setting up and preparation for filming)
  • Processing (set)
  • Post-production (editing, work on sound and colour)

At all stages the students are supervised by professionals.

Audiovisual content creation workshop for pre-school pupils
In this workshop, designed together with pre-school teachers and tailored to the specific needs of their pupils, we plan to teach the rudiments of image education through playful activities. Using the learning by doing methodology, the children will build and learn how a magic lantern works and will be accompanied on a path to understanding diversity through targeted photographic exercises.



Popoli for Kids and Teens - Spring edition
curated by: Festival dei Popoli
Date of event: 29 May 2023

"Popoli for Kids and Teens - Spring Edition" will be held on 29 May 2023 at La Compagnia cinema in Florence. The meeting is the final outcome of the project DIVE - Diversity in Visual-Essays - realised by Festival dei Popoli - Italian Institute for Social Documentation Film of Florence that, starting from November 2022 has involved the Istituto Comprensivo "Montagnola Gramsci" of Florence, the Istituto Comprensivo "Libero Andreotti" of Pescia (PT), the Liceo Statale "G. Pascoli" of Florence and the I.S.I.S "Sismondi - Pacinotti", Pescia (PT). During the event, reserved for the teachers and students involved in the project, the short films conceived, scripted and realised by the young filmmakers during the workshops that constituted the most stimulating and interactive part of this image education project realised within the framework of the National Plan Cinema and Images for Schools promoted by MiC and MiM will be shown on the big screen.

Students and students, assisted by the team of trainers from the production company Echivisivi and L'Aleph - Libera Associazione Ludica Educativa Philosofica - a partner in the project, are the actual authors of these works, in which they have poured their opinions, feelings and reflections around the proposed theme, that of 'diversity as a value'.

Introducing the concept of 'diversity' (in its broadest and freest sense) into the dialogue between students of all levels has provided them with an opportunity to express themselves and relate to one another starting from the 'normal/diverse' dualism, which takes on a relevant meaning at such a delicate time for growth and education and is one of the most effective tools for countering the risk of marginalisation and subjection to homologating stereotypes.

The six short films are the results of this long learning process on how to translate thoughts and opinions - intimate, delicate, very personal - into a cinematic narrative.

The films will be presented to the public at the 64th edition of the Festival dei Popoli - International Documentary Film Festival - to be held in Florence from 4 to 12 November 2023.



Initiative implemented as part of the National Cinema and Images for Schools Plan promoted by MiC and MiM.

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