Collective Tales – A Letter by Ermanno Olmi

Dear Friends,

This year, the food producers of Terra Madre will share a common link with Expo 2015, which will see them united by a commitment to rediscover respect for the fertility that feeds the planet.

Expo 2015 will be collecting stories of new experiences and knowledge relating to people’s relationship with the land as part of an international exhibition curated by filmmaker Ermanno Olmi and a group of agricultural experts.

Any of you who are farmers, herders or fishers are asked to produce short films (between 1 and 6 minutes long, in any language and format) that use dialog and everyday stories to recount your direct relationship with the land and knowledge about food linked to the traditions of your country, under the general theme “Everyday Bread and Water.”

The films that make useful contributions to the common heritage of knowledge will be shown to the public during the six months of the Universal Exposition in Milan (May 1 – October 31, 2015).

The exhibition, organized in collaboration with the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia and the Fondazione Cinema per Roma, aims to create a single “choral” film, which will live on in remembrance of a shared reflection on the value of food, a universal natural law for every citizen of the planet.

Click here to read the call for participants.


“You are lost if you forget that the fruits of the earth
belong to all and the earth to no one.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)