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Worldwide release of 'The New Gospel' by Milo Rau

By Press release March 26, 2021
THE NEW GOSPEL THE NEW GOSPEL Photo byl Fruitmarket Langfilm IIPM Armin Smailovic

April 1 to 4, 2021: worldwide release (online) of 'The New Gospel', tickets (8 euros) at www.ntgent.be, subtitles in Dutch, French, Italian and English.

After the premiere at Venice Film Festival, the successful release in Germany, the upcoming release in Switzerland on the 1st of April, numerous nominations like the Swiss Film award for Documentary of the Year, IIPM is proud to announce the worldwide release of "The New Gospel" by Milo Rau.

The film was shot in Matera in 2019 as part of the Matera European Capital of Culture 2019 project "Topoi. Teatro e Nuovi Miti" (Theater and New Myths)  and made in collaboration with, among others, the Consorzio Teatri Uniti di Basilicata and the Matera Basilicata 2019 Foundation.

What would Jesus preach in the 21st century? Who would his apostles be? With 'The New Gospel', Milo Rau and his team return to the origins of the gospel.

The protagonist is the Cameroonian activist Yvan Sagnet, the first black Jesus in European film history. He himself works on a tomato farm in 2011 when he decides to revolt against the exploitation of rural workers in southern Italy. For the film, he revisits the largest refugee camp near Matera, the city in southern Italy where Pier Paolo Pasolini and Mel Gibson previously filmed the life of Jesus. Sagnet finds his apostles there, and together with them sets up the "Rivolta della Dignità", the Revolt of Dignity.

 Numerous refugees, activists and citizens of Matera, the 2019 European Capital of Culture, collaborated on "The New Gospel," as did Marcello Fonte (European Film Award for Best Actor 2018), Enrique Irazoqui (Jesus in Pasolini's "Il Vangelo secondo Matteo"), and Maia Morgenstern (Mary in Mel Gibson's "The Passion of Christ"). Narrated by and with the songs of Vinicio Capossela.

"What makes me most happy about this film is that it has had a real effect," says director Milo Rau. "As a result of our rebellion, around Matera the first houses have been founded where protagonists who were homeless now live in dignity. And all with the support of the Catholic Church!"

The Revolt of Dignity created an international ongoing political campaign and network supporting the initiatives involved in the film via a fundraising and marketing campaign promoting fair-trade products and a sustainable relationship to local activists.

One of these projects is the House of Dignity, which aims to enable autonomous working and living structures for around 30 migrant workers in Southern Italy, partially sponsored by GEA/Waldviertler. The products from the partner associations can be bought in supermarkets all over Europe now, another effect of the campaign. You can support the projects via: https://nocap.oeko-und-fair.de/

Join us for a special event on 4th of April at 22:00, CET, in a collaboration with the Segal Theatre Center, New York: an international panel discussion the US release of Rau's film The New Gospel. With Milo Rau, Yvan Sagnet, moderated by Lily Climenhaga and Frank Hentschker.

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