Nine thousand years ago man chose to make his first home here. Matera. Perhaps the mother of all cities. Country of rocks, caves and human traces. Axis between East and West. The European Capital of Culture 2019 has experienced all that makes Europe different, from art to epoch-making changes. Yet, perhaps more than in any other city, here history was made by ordinary men who left a trace of themselves in an extraordinary place.
ALESSANDRO SOETJE is a Milan-based director and cinematographer. His work on the international campaign Aware Migrants was awarded the Best Social Campaign prize at the 30th International Grand Prix for Advertising Strategies. His work includes the documentaries AFRICA AS SEEN BY AFRICANS (TV series), the award-winning AFRICA’S CHILDREN, A JOURNEY TO SCHOOL, OUR STONE, OLD WILD LORENZ, TOMORROW AND THE BUTTERFLY, and MATERA. MOTHER OF STONE.photo © Alpenway Media