“Choir” is an ethnographic short film that explores amateurism and chorality. Focusing on a choir of amateur singers in northern Italy, the film researches collective practices based on a shared pursuit of enjoyment as grounds for building strong and diverse communities, detached from the capitalist dynamics of productivity and success. Individuals’ narratives are juxtaposed to an observational representation of the group dimension.
Vittoria Paglino is an Italian filmmaker and ethnographer based in London. Graduated from a Masters Degree in Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths University, she was awarded the Paul Watson Prize for the best audio visual project with her film “Choir”. In 2016 she self-produced a series of short documentaries about a reception center for underage migrants in Southern Italy, where she became interested in researching communities. Along her activity as an independent filmmaker, she currently works as a freelance video ethnographer and editor for qualitative research projects and documentary and factual based content production companies.