INTER-RIVES sea and travel stories

Where
Italy
When
2016
Who
RAI-Radiotelevisione Italiana. Ministry of Economical Grown
Key objectives of the measure:

Inter-Rives, now in its fifth edition, is a co-production of TV project opened to public television stations associated to COPEAM and ASBU (Arab States Broadcasting Union). Has as objective the production of series of short documentaries (13 minutes) on cultural and social issues of common interest in the Mediterranean region.

The "Inter-Rivers" project would express experiences connected with several themes, for example the journey as an instrument of freedom and opportunities: the sea would be narrowed as a space of exchange and hope, where the people as migrants or refugees, are bearers of positive values and stories of life.

The personal and human stories of Inter-Rives  link the past and the present, Europe and Africa. The documentaries tell, for example, about the Tunisians of Mazara del Vallo, in Sicily, and the Italians of La Goulette in Tunis; the courageous choice of the only doctor working in the small island of Mljet, in Croatia; the new life of the Senegalese Mamadou in Madrid; the shipwreck of Saint Paul in Malta and the maps of the Arab traveller Al-Idrisi done in Palermo; the launch of the vessel Amerigo Vespucci after the restoration and the slow death of the Costa Concordia.

Scope of the measure:
International
Nature of the measure:
institutional
Main feature of the measure:

Through the formula of the "basket", each participant makes a television episode and receives in exchange for free distribution the entire series rights.
The director’s work is supervised by a coordination team – composed by an executive producer and two experts, one from the south shore and one from the north shore of the Mediterranean. They are responsible of accompanying the various stages of production, including two co-production workshops: the first (Tunis) is dedicated to the sharing method, the editorial lines and the choice of subjects of documentaries; the second (Rome), to viewing of the pre-assembled images, for the necessary adjustment of the final products.

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

Production of short documentaries series (13 minutes) about social issues of common interest in the Mediterranean region aim at the dissemination of human and cultural values, as following noted:

- Topics III series (2012-13): "The spring of the new generations" (6 documentaries). TV coproduction: RAI / Italy, Télévision Tunisienne / Tunisia, EPTV / Algeria, SNRT / Morocco, TVE / Spain, ERTU / Egypt.
- Topics IV series (2014-15): "Sports Without Borders" (11 documentaries). TV coproduction: RAI / Italy, Télévision Tunisienne / Tunisia, EPTV / Algeria, PBS Malta, PBC / Palestine, RTSI / Switzerland, SNRT / Morocco, RTVSH / Albania, RTVSLO / Slovenia, TVE / Spain, ERTU / Egypt.

- Thematic series V (2015-16): "Travel Tales and seas" (14 documentaries). TV coproduction: RAI / Italy, Télévision Tunisienne / Tunisia, EPTV / Algeria, ERTU / Egypt, HRT / Croatia, RTSI / Switzerland, RTVE / Spain, RTVSLO / Slovenia, RTV Vojvodina / Serbia, PBC / Palestine, PBS / Malta, San Marino RTV, SNRT / Morocco, TRT / Turkey.

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

yes

Main conclusions of the evaluation of the measure:

The second and final Inter-Rives workshop was organised in Rome (31 May–1 June 2016) by COPEAM and ASBU and gathered the 14 televisions involved in the new series of the international TV coproduction Inter-Rives "Stories of travels and seas".

The participating film directors – from EPTV/Algeria, HRT/Croatia, ERTU/Egypt, RAI/Italy, PBS/Malta, SNRT/Morocco, PBC/Palestine, San Marino RTV, Radio Television Vojvodina, RTVSlo/Slovenia, RTVE/Spain, RSI/Swiss, Télévision Tunisienne, TRT/Turkey – together with the Executive Director, Sampiero Sanguinetti, the experts Markus Nikel and Mostapha Mellouk, and the COPEAM/ASBU coordination team, screened all the documentaries produced around the chosen topic, composing a portray of the Mediterranean sea as a space of opportunities, research, exchanges and not only as a place of tragedies and pain.

The personal and human stories of Inter-Rives 5 link the past and the present, Europe and Africa. The documentaries tell, for example, about the Tunisians of Mazara del Vallo, in Sicily, and the Italians of La Goulette in Tunis; the courageous choice of the only doctor working in the small island of Mljet, in Croatia; the new life of the Senegalese Mamadou in Madrid; the shipwreck of Saint Paul in Malta and the maps of the Arab traveller Al-Idrisi done in Palermo; the launch of the vessel Amerigo Vespucci after the restoration and the slow death of the Costa Concordia.

Inter-Rives coproduction is an example of varied and constructive information about topical issues that uses the documentary language as a tool for mutual knowledge in the Mediterranean region.

Indicators used to determine impact:
Number of documentaries
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Media Arts
Cultural Value Chain
Creation
Production
Distribution
Participation