A brand new stamp celebrates the former tobacco factory located in Battipaglia on the centenary of its foundation: this is the starting point for a meditation on the opportunities offered by the audiovisual language in giving new life to memory places.
The historic tobacco factory represents, in fact, a great testimony of the spirit, the attitudes, and the heritage of an entire community: that of the territories of the fertile “Piana del Sele”, in the province of Salerno.
To this magical place – a “cathedral” supported by the stories of those who have celebrated work, freedom, and future there for decades – is dedicated the commemorative stamp that the Italian Ministry of Economic Development will issue on 2 September 2021, commissioned by the Hon. Nicola Acunzo and distributed by Poste Italiane, pertaining to the philatelic series “The excellences of the productive and economic system”.
The studies that led to this important honor soon made it clear that the topics covered – work, the relationship between agriculture and industry, female emancipation – actually had a universal symbolic value, outlining a fascinating story that is worthy of being known and handed down even outside the local area.
It is in the wake of these reflections the parliamentary intergroup “Cinema and Performing Arts” – chaired by Acunzo himself and composed of Italian deputies who share the commitment to promote cultural development through the “seventh art”, is guest at the Italian Pavilion in Venice to offer its contribution to a story that deserves to be told and to the debate on the future of this and other places in our country that are waiting to open up again to the world.
During the meeting, audiovisual material made available by Rai Teche, dating back to the late 1950s, will be screened: a testimony to the interest and social and cultural relevance of entities such as the former tobacco factory in Battipaglia. Poste Italiane will offer, for the occasion, a philatelic cancellation dedicated to the date.
The presentation is attended by: Francesco Manieri Martinotti, ANAC president, Roberto Stabile, ANICA international relations manager and ICE Audiovisual Desk coordinator, Carlo Gentile, film critic, and the Hon. Nicola Acunzo, promoter of the initiative and president of the parliamentary intergroup “Cinema and Performing Arts”.