'The Words of Ventotene' - English language première

Friday, May 22, 2020 - 08:00 to Sunday, May 24, 2020 - 23:45


On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Roger Casale, founder and Secretary General of New Europeans 

Ethnos, We Belong and New Europeans

present the English language première of


Directed by Marco Cavallarin, Marco Mensa and Elisa Mereghetti, and produced by Ethnos, Patma.doc and Fondazione Famiglia Sarzi

Watch the film here

"In the terrible period of the war, Ernesto Rossi and his companions had the courage to imagine a world in which civil rights are at the centre of our life as a community in Europe." 

 The idea that a strong and united Europe is the bedrock of our rights and freedoms in the modern age is central to the mission of New Europeans and We Belong. 

Both organisations have received the prestigious Schwarzkopf Award for their work in promoting Europe as a safe space for democracy and human rights. 

We are therefore delighted to have the opportunity to honour the work of Roger Casale on the occasion of his 60th birthday, and Yasmine Ouirhrane in the year of her Schwarzkopf Award.

Inspired by the work of those like Ernesto Rossi who went before them, Roger, Yasmine and many others like them are partisans for Europe and for freedom.

They too have learned in their time to fight for freedom and for Europe, for their generation and for the generations to come. Ernesto Rossi is an example for our times."

The film-makers

Ernesto Rossi was fond of puppets.

His favorite character was the traditional puppet Fagiolino, to whose words Ernesto Rossi entrusted the expression of his fierce criticism on fascism, war, racism, violence of the dictatorship.

Today the Sarzi family, with its precious mission of puppeters/educators, tours Italy and Europe, spreading knowledge about Ernesto Rossi and the vision of a united Europe. 

This message is more essential today than ever, and must be handed over to the younger generations.

Find out all about the film here


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About Ethnos

Ethnos is a TV production company specialized in documentaries, social campaigns  and cultural projects. Its productions were aired by Italian and foreign broadcasters, and received numerous national and international awards. Ethnos produced for RAI Italian Television, for many Non Governmental Organizations, and for UNDP – United Nations Development Programme, filming around the globe. Currently the company is focusing on the educational project ESTO,  which promotes knowledge of the Ventotene Manifesto and the birth of the European Union in schools throughout Europe. www.ethnosfilm.tv

About We Belong

Who belongs to Europe? The question is ancient, but the answer keeps changing. We Belong is a platform and a podcast that gives a voice to the New Daughters of Europe. Through our platform, we share personal experience, sparkle conversations and legitimise immigrant daughters' voices. Our podcast features a series of conversations with young women who are breaking stereotypes, navigating multiple identities, and challenging the conventional wisdom of what it means to belong. 

About New Europeans

New Europeans is an award-winning pan-European civil rights movement working for a Europe of citizens, a Europe of equality and social justice, anchored in human rights. Based in Brussels and London, New Europeans has led campaigns for the rights of the 5 million EU citizens in the UK and Britons in Europe, including the Green Card for Europe campaign, and is currently working with a network of NGOs across Europe to put civil rights and citizen participation at the heart of the proposed conference on the future of Europe. 



This event is part of a series of events linked together through the #EuropeFutureFringe network

About Europe Future Fringe

#EuropeFutureFringe is a free-standing series of events taking place across Europe in parallel with the Future of Europe Conference.Taking its inspiration from the Edinburgh Fringe, the Europe Future Fringe will be a series of freely organised events​ celebrating our European identity, allowing civil society to occupy the "spaces in-between" the formal conference consultations organised by the EU institutions. The Fringe will reach out to third country nationals as well as people resident outside the EU, including in the UK, Ukraine and the Balkans. It will give all who take part the opportunity to engage in a new conversation about Europe’s future.​​


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