“Missus” will be premiered in Friuli on Friday, the 1st of December at Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine during Suns Europe, the festival of minority languages
Regional premier of “Missus” at Suns Europe
UDINE – The story of a neglected right, of a “battle” that a group of Friulian priests have been fighting for decades against the Church of Rome. In the docufilm “Missus”, Massimo Garlatti-Costa aims to give voice to the last living priests of the so-called Glesie Furlane (Friulian Church), who, 40 years later, still claim their right to use their own language, both in liturgy and daily life. “Missus” (produced by Raja Film e Belka Media) will be premiered in Friuli on Friday, the 1st of December at 09.00 pm at Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine (free entry, while seats are available), during the Festival of Minority Languages Suns Europe (Udine, 30th November-2nd December). A regional premier, for a docufilm that has already been screened to other minority communities around Italy.
«We tell the story of the priests of Glesie Furlane – says director Massimo Garlatti Costa – and their struggle to see their right recognized: to celebrate Mass in Friulian. They claimed this right in 1974 and they have been claiming it since, with great determination. I think these last existing priests could teach a lot to younger generations: when you strongly believe in something and you know you are right, you just fight for it. What Glesie Furlane is asking, is nothing other than what all Friulian people should claim, no matter their religious beliefs.
Missus tells the story of a 40 year-long struggle to obtain a real and tangible affirmation of dignity and rights: the language as a vehicle for freedom and self-expression, especially for those minority communities for which the language represents a real surviving tool.
A ‘struggle’ that starts on the 28th of August 1974, during a religious celebration on the mountains of Friuli, where ten priests ask their archbishops to perform mass in their own language: Friulian. Their request was denied and this prompts the priests to leave a document of “requests” on the altar of the church in protest. This event causes an ideological fracture with the Church of Rome and sets forth the birth of “Glesie Furlane”, the Friulian Church.
Their struggle is twofold: not only against the prejudices of a civilized society that refuses to use its minority language in everyday life, but also against the restrictions of the clergy of Rome, that even prohibits the Friulian priests to translate the Missal in Friulian.
The protagonists of ‘Missus’ are like XXI century druids who, swinging between heroism and invincible obduracy, carry on the very same battle of another 40 million Europeans – Basques, Sardinians, Bretons, Cimbrians, Occitans, Welsh, Ladins and many others – symbol of the cultural pluralism and the incredible historic heritage of the Old Continent.
Glesie Furlane expressed great contentedness and gratitude for finally having been given a voice. «In his work, Massimo Garlatti-Costa made our association and the entire region of Friuli known around Italy” commented the secretary Christian Romanini, adding that: «Now it’s up to Friuli. Those times where being Friulian was a natural fact are over: the documentary Missus confirms that it’s now time for the Friulian people to choose whether to have a future or not». The documentary, funded by the Regional Agency for Friulian language e FVG Audiovisual Fund, is subtitled both in Italian and in English to encourage its diffusion both nationally and internationally.
Suns Europe is a project of Cooperativa Informazione Friulana (publisher of Radio Onde Furlane) and Cooperativa Puntozero, with the sponsorship of Arlef (Agjenzie Regjonâl pe Lenghe Furlane – Regional Agency for Friulian language), Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia and Fondazione Friuli, in collaboration with the Municipality of Udine, Fondazione Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine, Babel Film Festival and under the auspices of the Council of Europe.