Mikele Ferraro Director and Producer

Convivium is a network of professionals specialized in different area of expertise (education, medicine, engineering,
philosophy, music, filmmaking).
We want to lend our professional services to improve the potential of the human capital in countries that struggle to find a suitable place for
them in the society.
Following our first investigation (Jan 2011) we found Ethiopia and Addis Ababa a perfect site to start our experience.
The city has a vaste human potential (100.000 kids live in the streets): people that properly educated and addressed could contribute in the
future to the growth of their country and the the dialogue with foreing investors
The Proposal:
CONVIVIUM will start generating opportunities and collaborations in educational, social and cultural endeavors through the creation
of learning centers in the territory, then initiate a constructive dialog with NGOs in Ethiopia with the scope of providing viable human
resouce to the local business .
We will start with a 60 day Pilot Project that will test the feasibility of the project, its social and economic impact and future opportunities.
After this period we will produce a documentary that will show our findings and will serve to raise awareness toward a long term project.
CONVIVIUM in short:
1. Organization of a core multicultural and multidisciplinary team “ready to go”
2. Organization of the site “Church of S. Gabriel” in Addis Ababa to host successfully the pilot project.
3. Creation of work programs based on local resources (human and otherwise)
4. Development of a series of events aiming at creating awareness about our initiatives
5. Scouting for a physical location for a future long term presence in the territory


Directed by Mikele Ferra
Miranfilm Production

GCuba - Dance and Theater Performace
The first part of this video experiment PASUME takes place, influenced by the natural beauty of these sceneries - from an urban and human point of view- between the island of Cuba and the south of Columbia.
The spontaneous Cuban sexuality inspired my idea of the female and male fertility. In this respect it is the atmosphere that is fertile to me. In the Cuba video there is deliberately no trace of sex, as I wanted to leave the topic sexuality open, the same way you can become pregnant Cuba by a kind of ritual ?Santeriasud-Americana“, by simply mixing and connecting two elements such as soil and sperm.
The dance is considered as the pregnancy ritual, like a strong desire for pregnancy, which is however antagonised at a certain point by the understanding of the real world, by a justified fear of the chaotic, contaminated, dishonest presence. The only thing left is the waiting for the difficult birth of the unborn in black crape.


Directed by Milu Grutta
Miranfilm Production

Gong is one of the oldest spiritual tradition of this world. It is based on the idea of the existence of an universal energy field, called "qi" or "chi". It was developed as a series of practices with the goal of controlling the "qi" and store it in the body, so to achieve superb physical condition and general success in life. Wei Ling Yi, a master coming from China, founder and president of the International Qigong University, and one of the biggest authorities in the field, leads his group every year in a trip to different sacred places of the world. In these places the group performs, dances, sings, and practices Qigong in order to uplift the energy of the place and of the whole planet at the same time. In the year 2007, in occasion of the Lotus Fest that falls on the 20th of December, Wei Ling Yi will travel first to New York, where he and the group of about 70 people that are following him will perform Qigong in the W.T.C. construction site and in Central Park. Then the itinerary will touch Mexico City, Teotihuacan, Palenque, Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Tulum, where the celebration for the Lotus Fest will take place. Mikki Funk decides to join the group. Following her path of personal investigation, she will have informal "conversations" to understand the essence of QiGong, but also more general spiritual concerns (what is the sense of life, what are the energies that are felt during energetic work, what is science saying about it, how is energetic work affecting my everyday life, how to apply spiritual teachings to everyday life). Mikki's quest is not of the journalist kind, but is instead a personal research, a process that she undergoes, directly testing all the knowledge on her self, actually practicing energetic work. The film documents the 2006 trip of the Master Wey Ling Yi and a his international group of QiGong practitioners, ending in the celebration of the Lotus Fest, on the tropical beach of Tulum, just a few steps away from the archeological site.


Personal Power Plant 15 kw full.

Main Section :
The project derives from an accurate and detailed study of the electricity distribuition on our planet.
There are residential areas where there is no ‘trace of artificial sources of energy, and low population density areas can not convince large companies to invest in projects to distribute electricity through lines, pipelines and power plants.

With this visionary project Solartec, Epoca and Cetri in Brussels wish to show that ‘ with modern technologies, it is possible to bring electricity and other types of energy (biogas, small wind) to these regions of low population density, with lower costs and with benefits for all participants in the project, from the investors to the consumers through the reseller of the technology.
In the future this technology will be available to all and most importantly, it will in very large part be free, which means resources can be spent to make drinking water from the sea and to facilitate life in places where today it is not feasible.

The project includes the use of containers fully powered by renewable energy.

The containers will be a traveling fair set up in strategic places where the installation will be preceded by a careful study of the site. Since these are green-powered systems, the analysis characterizing every aspect of the environment for intervention is important. To name but a few, the climate, the exposure to prevailing winds, the study of solar radiation, and the materials found on location. This preliminary study will guide the distribution and assembly of the modules making up the installation. The modular container set-up will propose the integration of technologies that are both innovative and environmental compatible. In addition, the layout is inspired by the types of communities and social organizations from the nomadic communities of North Africa (the use of a tent placed as a cover and a connecting element between the modules). From a communication standpoint, village-fair set-up, capable of being 100% self sustaining in terms of energy, will serve as a template to create the first “distributed” energy systems, capable of being reproduced in the whole vast area of the Maghreb and in similar climatic regions.
The modules for the production of energy will adopt integrated technologies: photovoltaic, small wind and stand-alone biogas.
The system provided is of the island type (off-grid) simultaneously powered by the photovoltaic system and small wind.

Mikele Ferra Executive Director
Paolo Pavone Architect Designer
Giovanni Cerrone Research and Development Consultant
Studio Bissanti Technology Management
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Mari is a documentary film that deals with different aspects of the fishing world in Sicily (Italy) in the summer of 2008. Different fishing technics are documented, ancient and modern, along with an investigation into the problems of the fishermen and a reconstruction of old myths related to the fishing world. The Swedish scientist Jan-Eric Gustafson introduces the film affirming that “the Universe is a quantic system that works in an holographic way”, in which all parts are connected and related to each other, suggesting a new administrative approach to regional governments. The myth of Leucotea, protector and guide to the fishermen since time immemorial was restaged, in a deserted and surreal landscape at the top of the Etna Volcano. A group of young fishermen restaged a fiery fight for a fish-net in the natural paradise of the Scorcio Sant'Elia. Three tourists arrive on the Sicilian island, exploring with us different locations related to the fishermen' life in West Sicily. The documentation section of the work deals with three different fishing technics: Palangaro (midwater trawling), Paranza (deep water trawling) and Cianciolo (surface trawling). Michel, the Crivello brothers and Lacciotta explain the different technics and their history, touching also on general and more specific problems that every method involves. Next stop on the route was Aspra, where an establishment conserves Sardines in salt, with a method that is still unchanged since hundreds of years, trough the work of many expert women. A further historic reconstruction sees a dancer restaging an old propitiatory ritual, a slow procession towards a crate full of fishes. The crew then moved to the costal zone of West Sicily, documenting the scenario of the port of Mazara, while a musician comments with the notes of his doublebass. Giacchitedda introduces us into the Pesca-Turismo, a new possibility for the fishermen that can guest on their own boats numbers of tourists, showing them the fishing technics and later cooking for them on board, offering them a lovely afternoon on the sea. Directly connected to the Pesca-Turismo is the Itti-Turismo, a further possibility of income for the families of the fishermen. This was the center of the Trapani episode, where the Amoroso family runs one of such activities. The whole family of the fishermen offer to the tourists traditionally cooked meals, in a relaxed and informal environment. The fish that is served is of course that just fished by the Amoroso's fishing boat. Favignana, a small island just in front of Trapani, was the ideal set for a dancing performance. Four dancers and three musicians interact freely in the surreal setting of an ancient open air cave. The film closes on five interviews. Inside the main administrative building, experts and operators explain the legislative side of the process, analyzing the different problems and offering administrative solutions.

Regione Sicilia Assessorato Cooperazione Commercio Artigianato e Pesca Dipartimento Pesca
Miranfilm produzioni “MARI” video session Michel Ferra sicily 2008 video documentary


Michel Ferraro Regia/Fotografia Antonio Macaluso Produzione Esecutiva/Aiuto regia Domenico Veneziano Fotografia Kerstin Pommerenke Operatore di ripresa Manja Erbert Fonico di presa diretta Giuseppe Sinatra Fotografie di scena Lorenzo Bertuglia Assistente ala regia/produzione Krista Karttunen Costumista Laura Napoli Costumista Salvo Scire` Montaggio Giovanni Verga Marco Scire´ Klass Wendiling Gaspare Palazzolo Musiche Riccardo Ferraro Fabrizio Carmina e Alberto Di Martino Musiche (sound di coda) Giovanni Verga direzione musicale Artisti Silvia Giuffre` Coreografa/danzatrice Patrizia Lo Sciuto Coreografa/danzatrice Klaas Wendling Contrabbassista/attore Valentina Di Miceli Angelo Giovanni Verga Musicista Gaspare Palazzolo Sax Marco Scire` Chitarra Andrea Scuderi Danzatore Simone .......... Danzatore


- holistic place in Polizzi Generosa_


We believe that at this moment in history there is a growing need for Humanity to change the paradigm. We need to look at life with different eyes, and believe that happiness and a conscious living in respect and symbiosis with nature is not only possible, but necessary.

The center represents a small blueprint of how life could be, with all the advantages and disadvantages of the case. We try, and we are very open to receive and incorporate in our philosophy what our guests think.

We choose Sicily for different reasons: It has a remarkably various and breathtaking landscape, some of us were born here and we like to be close to our loving families, there is an history of civilization going back to the Greeks, it is a land of poets and scientists. We love it!

We have a non conventional approach to some fundamental aspect of life and community: How we manage energy, how we use water, how we eat, how we look into each-other’s eyes.

We are a family of friends and relatives that has been researching for many years into the fields of “new ways of life”, possible alternate realities that need only a small group of people to become “real” worlds.


Mikele Ferraro Director and Producer

In the deserts of the middle orient there are marvellous constructions, which were built in these distant regions and then left by our European ancestors a long time ago. The unification of these two cultures entails inevitably a creative chaos. That is what happens to the unborn, which is born and grows up in a politically and geographically complex region.
He is entrusted with the task to recognise art which is understood as the knowledge of life. It is no coincidence that he is born in a theatre and in this very place he makes it first steps and is taught to walk.
He will discover the desert and its dangers, its looming, the dances of the death, he will discover trust, the passion to find, the complicity and the killing.
He will have to decide, whether he identifies art or whether he will receive art as a natural component of human life.
The chaos of a non-identity will tempt him to do obscene acts; he will step in and out of reality which will confront him on its path. His people and earth will demand a codex of a chosen pure and possibly simple life. His bride will take his hand and will lead him into the crowd which will accept him unconditionally as they recognise in him the power to recognise himself, without shame not to have found the absolute power that they expected from him but a simple and content way of life.

in Kooperation mit
Teatro Garibaldi
Teatro d’Ction Havanna Kuba
Universita¨t Beirut (Fine-arts), 2.Sektion
Kulturverein Green Hours Bukarest Calea Victory 151


Directed by Milu Grutta
Miranfilm Production
The region of South Mexico called Chiapas is still one of the few places where a real revolution is taking place. Mikki Funk travels across this magic land to investigate the situation of the population, interviewing many different characters, ranging from the very poor to the very rich and including military, shamans, professors, Mayan prophecy experts, Zapatistas, politicians, students and tourists, in her quest to understand the world we live in. The trip starts in San Cristo´bal de las Casas, located in the Highlands of Chiapas at an elevation of approximately 2100 m (6890 ft) above sea level. For thousands of years, Maya peoples, ancestral to the present-day Tzotzil and Tzeltal peoples, have lived in settlements corresponding to the modern city of San Cristo´bal. It is one of the four cities that the Zapatista Army of National Liberation took in its uprising in January 1994. The unusual temperature excursion (0° during the night, 26° during the day), the extreme poverty of the street sellers and the opulence of a very small part of the population are just a few of the striking contrasts this city has to offer. Don Lauro, a healer and shaman, lets our crew film (for the very first time) a very ancient ritual, a shamanistic healing dance: hundred people in costumes dance and sing for three hours. He will also answer Mikki’s questions, explaining his philosophy and methods. An ancient curandero (healer), performs some healing rituals inside the Maya Museum. A seller talks about his situation in a rundown neighborhood of the city. The Buddhist meditation center. A woman living in a shack. A rich businessman. A Rainbow family. Young European tourists. Middle aged Mexican tourists. Policemen and a policewoman. An expert in Mayan calendar and prophecies. A therapist woman. The Zapatista movement is very present in the city. We decided to explore further and visit the New Year Gathering of the Zapatista women. Held in a remote mountain region, accessible only after many hours of dirt roads, it attracts hundreds of people from all over the world, supporting one of the few really revolutionary movements in the present world. The Zapatista hold many territories as independent from the Mexican government, with independent hospitals and schools, where the old local languages are taught. They don’t have car plates and don’t pay taxes to the central government. Their territories are protected by guards that are masked and armed. The journey goes ahead to the highlands of Chiapas, reaching an old Maya archeological site: Palenque. Inside the jungle is a camping site that guests tourists as well as locals. Chiapas has also an ocean side: we visited Boca del Ciel (heaven’s mouth), a paradise still untouched by globalization. A fishermen community tries to survive, also aided by the rare tourists enjoying the ocean waves and the fresh fish. Back in San Cristo´bal de las Casas, we explored the largely extended area of the markets. Just before leaving we had the chance to witness Don Lauro’s peace ritual, held parallel in many places in the world. A multinational crowd sat in silence and prayer for two hours, to bring peace and happiness to our world situation.


Director: Mikele Ferra


Director: Mikele Ferra


Director: Mikele Ferra


Director: Mikele Ferra


Director: Mikele Ferra


Director: Mikele Ferra


Director: Mikele Ferra


Director: Mikele Ferra