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Prendere la parola (Taking the Word) produced in 2019 by Berenice Film, is a film-documentary work that offers an intimate and respectful look at foreign women learning Italian during their classes, without hiding their mistakes or linguistic challenges. The author, Perla, steps in as a discreet observer during these learning sessions, respecting the women’s process of self-determination in presenting themselves as they wish. The film aims to emphasize the importance of dialogue and communication as tools for empowerment and identity construction

 

The artist’s creative process is often intrinsically influenced by the reading and listening experiences that capture his attention. These interactions with the outside world serve as a trigger for her creative process as she reflects on how she can translate these experiences into visual narratives. In particular, her work “Taking the Word” was shaped by a quote from a review of the film “Black Diamond” by Pietro Bianchi, which provoked reflection on issues related to the power of words and their representation in people’s stories. A distinctive feature of Perla’s work is its immediacy in creative action. Often, she does not wait long before starting to film or edit, capturing the essence of her inspirations in real time. This dynamic and direct approach allows her to maintain the freshness and authenticity of her works.

 

The title of his work is a deliberate choice that reveals deep shades of meaning. This common expression is reinvented here to emphasize a gesture of considerable importance: the act of claiming speech. Contrary to the traditional idea that speech is already available and requires no effort, the title suggests that communication requires a deliberate act of self-assertion. This title not only emphasizes the need for individual action, but also highlights the centrality of language in the process of personal empowerment and community building. Perla’s sensitivity is a key element that underscores her commitment to trying to address social and gender issues, using a variety of artistic forms to give voice to those who are often on the margins of society. Her work highlights the power of speech and communication as tools for mutual understanding and building a more inclusive community.

 

Taking the Word was received at various film festivals and was awarded best film in the “PROSPETTIVE” section at the FILMMAKER FESTIVAL in 2019.

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Perla Sardella

Perla Sardella (Jesi, *1991) is a filmmaker and artist, with an MFA in Multimedia Arts and Cinema from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. Her works have been exhibited in Italian and international galleries, including MACTE, Burel Museum, smART Foundation (IT) and Biennale Mulhouse (FR). Besides being a filmmaker, she has also been a teacher, tutor and assistant in film workshops and has worked in audiovisual productions, video editing and art production. She is part of a transfeminist collective, COLLA, which acts in and around Jesi. She lives and works in Genoa.

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