Ivo Kara-Pešić

When you carefully listen to the environment that you live in, then seemingly accidental things often happen to you. Those are actually the moments when your thoughts are fully aligned with the things surrounding you. This year at the Kinookus Food Film Festival we have decided to deal with food sovereignty. The fourth edition happens to take place as Croatian has joined the European Union. We at Kinookus believe that the new context offers many new possibilities to small, traditional producers, and we ourselves have reached for such an opportunity and started, with Slow Food, the ESSEDRA project, which will be discussed a lot at the Festival. 

From 4th to 8th September in Ston through films, workshops, meetings, discussions and tasting we are going to talk about and listen about those new prospects of preserving the characteristics of our region, about the right and obligation to influence the agricultural policies, about the right to know what we eat and how our food is produced and distributed. We have prepared some surprises for you, and we are going to host very interesting lecturers, chefs-educators and fighters for the food sovereignty. Throughout August you will be able to follow announcements for the edition titled “Seedom” (Seed Freedom). The Festival, and there is yet another “coincidence”, will be opened this year by the film Slow Food Story, directed by Stefano Sardo, and produced by our Art Director Ines Vasiljević. For many years the idea for this long expected film was put aside. Ines and Stefano have, in the spirit of Kinookus, brought it into the light and into life as they made a documentary film which truly and greatly helps all of us who are daily asked: What is Slow Food?

Kinookus has found in the Slow Food ideas the inspiration for almost all its projects. Therefore, we have given to those ideas new interpretation following the particular characteristics of our region. There is a nice word in Croatian: podneblje (litteraly under sky). It expresses the deep connection between the man’s place of living and the celestial opportunities and predicaments, the stars and planets, it reminds us that we are at different places, under the sky in different ways. Not only does it appear to us from different points of view, but a number of things influence the diversities of the place where we thanks to it characteristics make it different from another, even a very close place. That is something that everyone who is into gardening knows far well: how different are, for example, the parts of a garden which are exposed to lots of sun and those parts in deep shade. You only need to poke around a bit and you will discover two different universes of living beings. 

Disagreement is the source of freedom. A superficial mind might see this as a paradox. Therefore, at Kinookus we constantly point out the importance of respecting, supporting and nurturing differences. When we were visiting Ston and the surrounding areas last time we saw that our Festival influenced the citizens and atmosphere of this little town. We have definitely planted some kind of seed in the town under Bartholomew. What is going to spring out from it in the years to come depends on the ideas of people from Ston and their friends. As where people think well, there people live well too