Picl | The New Gospel
'The fight for dingity is a contemporary fight', one of the activists yells during a demonstration. 'But we all know what happened to troublemaker Jesus.' This activist comes from a community of exploited, humiliated, mostly coloured workers that are crammed into slums without water connection or electricity. These undocumented seasonal workers have to pick tomatoes and oranges for a pittance, for the 'regular' Italians. This film does not depict Jesus as a historical and religious foreman, but as the (black) leader standing up for humane working conditions and taking on a social battle.
Milo Rau makes documentary theatre and injects his pieces and films with a shot of reality, creating extraordinary work that connects individual stories to larger social problems and themes.