Who is Dante Aligheri?
Help us bring to life the story of the founder of the Italian language and one of the most influential authors who ever lived. Born in Florence, Italy, Dante Aligheri, is the author of the most widely-translated book after the Bible, The Divine Comedy. He made history when he wrote it, which includes Dante's Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso. In 2021, 700 years after his death, the words from his 14th-century best-selling poem still impact young and old alike.
What are we doing?
Director, Producer and Scriptwriter, Melissa Butz Corsi, and Cameragirl, Editor and Creative Director, Irina Oborina, joined up as a two-person team to showcase a fresh and modern Dante, like never seen before.
We live in Florence, Italy, a wonderful city where the world's most famous geniuses were born, lived and worked. When we started shooting our documentary, we had no idea what adventures awaited us. Doors of all the museums and churches were suddenly opened to us, we were told stories, shown the work and shared the secrets of those who linked their lives to Dante. We think that all of Florence is filled with wonder and magic, and is simply waiting for the opportunity to reveal all its beauty to those who wish to see it. We want to share this story with you, showing you the creation process, in which we felt supported and surprised by Dante. You will learn about the life of the great writer through the stories of contemporary people, an approach which makes Dante's personality even more versatile and profound.
Join us on a tour of Dante's Florence, as we show you where he was born, baptized, married and exiled. Every street corner turns a new page of The Divine Comedy, revealing more than could ever be discovered in books. We take you there!
The tour is accompanied by the stories of people from Spain to Belarus, India to Lithuania, who have made him the protagonist in their lives and are eager to share their discoveries with you!
For the first time ever, learn the secret calling that led Dante to write the Divine Comedy in terza rima. See rare footage of Dante's wife, Gemma Donati's house, and what remains of medieval towers that existed in Dante's time. Step foot in Dante's house, and write your own letter to his unrequited love, Beatrice Portinari, in the church where her tomb lies. Uncover the mystery surrounding his death and see what lies inside his tomb in the church of Santa Croce.
Why do we need money?
Melissa Butz Corsi, a foreign correspondent and freelance journalist, and Irina Oborina, a video maker and graphic designer, have taken on this project themselves, with the goal to sell the documentary to the BBC or PBS. They carried out interviews with the directors of Florence's Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Vecchio, Bargello Museum, and others, and with our documentary's main characters who reveal who Dante is to them.
Irina and Melissa have poured their hearts and hours into this project. They paid for their own equipment, including renting additional tools, like stabilizers, larger lights, microphones, extra help and more. But, they don't have enough funds to keep going. In order to continue, they need some financial support to pay for these items and other expenses from their filming in Florence.
As they are in the post-production process, both also need to pay for computers that are able to do the editing and graphic work and for the programs with which to do so.
They both were blessed when a friend of Irina's, who also shares the same name, offered to make original music for the documentary. She has paid for the 500 euro-program herself, and we want to reimburse her for both the program and the countless hours it took her to make it.
What will you get?
Each person who donates will have their name mentioned in our documentary, as our special way to give thanks!
We will also offer prizes to those who donate 500 or 1,000.
Those who give 500 will be able to participate in a Zoom call with the main characters, the people who made our documentary possible. You will be able to ask questions, explore why Dante is important to them and learn from the many lessons they share with us in our documentary.
Those giving 1,000 and up will be given a virtual guided tour of Dante's Florence, which goes into greater depth and uncovers each of the areas he lived in the city.
Thanks in advance for all your support!!
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