Adriana Monti Scuola Senza FineDates: Saturday 5 September, 7pm
‘Scuola Senza Fine’ (1983) will be available from 7pm Saturday 5 September until Friday 11 September.
‘Scuola Senza Fine’ (1983) is a film directed by Adriana Monti in collaboration with female students from the ‘150 Hour’ adult education course. The course was a pedagogical experiment implemented in Italy by a number of unions at the beginning of 1974. It allowed workers paid leave to attend 150 hours of secondary or university classes per year. Initially, it was only available to farmers and factory workers, but after a couple of years it was also extended to women working in the home. The courses were not intended to improve one’s productivity, but rather to allow for personal and collective growth. Once the group of women had completed their secondary school diploma, they did not want to stop exchanging ideas with one another. With the assistance of their teacher they formed a study group and continued to meet and reflect on issues they felt important. Through the women’s personal reflections, articulated against the backdrop of atmospheric landscapes and interiors, the film reveals how the course gave the women a sense of confidence in their own intellectual abilities and creativity. Additionally, it provided them with an alternative to the monotony of domestic work and connected them with a community of like-minded women.