Tinku - Bolivia's Fight Club
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At the annual "Tinku" festival, Herman fights on the streets of Macha, Bolivia, in a ritual where the shedding of blood is believed to honour Mother Earth, "Pachamama", and to bring about a good harvest in the year to come.

His daughter, Mirta, is worried about her father and tries to stop him from fighting.

Close Up's first episode, Bolivia's Fight Club, follows Herman, a miner who lives in Colquechaca with his family, to present this ritual and explore the concepts of masculinity that underpin the practice.

"Even if you beat me, I’m going to fight back, I won’t say 'no' to a fight," says Herman.

Hundreds of individuals from indigenous communities take part in Tinku, a Bolivian Quechua tradition that dates back 600 years to the Incan empire.

The celebrations start with dancing, followed by street wars that break out spontaneously and likewise quickly wind down.

A film by: Jesper Klemedsson & Francesco Alesi
Produced by: Recapto

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Campania d'Africa
Castel Volturno is a city of 25,000 inhabitants 40kms north of Naples. It is a unique town: it has the highest percentage of Africans in Europe.

According to official statistics, 10 per cent of its population comes from Africa. But according to the Caritas Centre at least 10,000 (or even 15,000) Africans live in the city.

Mostly young, male, poor and paperless sub-Saharians, who live in the degraded suburbs of the town. They usually wake up at 4,30 am to get the first bus to the roundabouts of Naples where they might get a job for 25 euros a day.

For the Italian Government “they are just illegal to be repatriated”, while best-selling Italian writer Roberto Saviano defines them as “an asset for Italy.”

In 2008 the South African singer Miriam Makeba died in Castel Volturno after her last concert. “She died in Africa,” commented her relatives.
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Tinku is a work in progress film documentary about miners and farmers, Devil and God, blood and sweat, pollution and silver, digging and fighting.

Directed by Jesper Klemedsson and Francesco Alesi
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The Mark of Narek
Narek is a victim but he doesn’t see himself that way.

He is a strong and generous man with a face and body shaped by history like the mountains of the Caucasus.

Narek lives with his family along the ancient silk road in the forgotten village Zumzur: 72 inhabitants, 12 families, 2 cars and no shops.

The war between Armenia and Azerbaijan from 92-94 left destruction and death in Karabakh and a territory filled with mines.

Narek lost both his legs because of the war. What he isn’t able to do due to the amputation of his legs he is able to do thanks to his enthusiasm, his hands and his orange car.

Narke isn’t able to leave marks on the ground but he can do it in the lives of others, and in the life of his village.

He cares about the car he bought 38 years ago when he was a soldier and Nagorno-Karabakh was part of the Soviet Union.

Periodically he goes to Hadrut, a village with shops that is one hour away. The inhabitants of Hadrut have never seen Narek’s car dirty.

He always cleans it before leaving home. And before leaving for Hadrut, Narek goes around his village to ask the others if they need anything. In the end, he always has a long list of things to buy.

The Mark of Narek will be a documentary. I\'ve been twice in Karabakh to shoot it. Now, I just need time to edit it...hopefully before I retire!
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