"Today, we of the West, because of our education, but also because of our presumptions and chauvinism,do not know the Muslim world at all. We do not know how much it has counted for our own culture; we do not know how fundamental it has been for the development of our science and technology of which we are so proud. Anything at all may happen. But in order not to hate or destroy each other and to work together, we must know each other well.The history of the Muslim world is unusual, at least for its variety and extension: it succeeded in fusing very diverse cultures. This phenomenon is reflected in its composition: Arabs, Persians, Syrians, Greeks, Indians, Indonesians, et al. From the fusion and concord of diverse ethnic groups and their cultures emerged an immense development of its philosophy (as well as its poetry). The acumen and harmony of its thought produced the extraordinary evolution of mathematics, algebra, trigonometry, that gave rationality to the phenomena of nature and the universe.Along the routes of reason and coherency, the Muslim world contributed to all fields of knowledge: from agriculture to medicine, from the invention of windmills to paper, from mechanics to the natural sciences. Without Arabic numbers, we would not understand anything today. In fact, there is no science without method.But there is more. We still cannot identify ourselves as men; but to move toward understanding of ourselves, a first step was necessary, the most difficult step, that of situating our planet earth in its place in the universe. All of that came to us from the Muslim world.The world should know that medicine, astrology, pharmacology, optics, mechanics were all developed in Jundishapar and Baghdad, which were great centres of convergence and refuge for all the world’s sciences. Where would philosophy and history be today without Cairo, Isphahan, Algiers, Alexandria, Cordova, Granada, and without Al Khawarizin, Al Biruni, Omar Kayyam. Avicenne, Averroes, et al?The western world, by nature racist, would do well to remember that the cradle of civilization and human progress were Africa and Asia. Without the Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Phoenician and Indian civilizations where would be today?"
Presentato il 31/08 alla 69esima Mostra del Cinema di Venezia il documentario “La guerra dei vulcani” di Francesco Patierno. Il film si può vedere in streaming su MyMoviesLIVE ogni sera fino al 14/09 alle 21.30
Martin Scorsese su come Roberto Rossellini abbia contribuito a cambiare la storia cinema grazie alla sua audacia nel prendere rischi in nome delle sue idee e del suo progetto artistico e intellettuale.