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Negli anni '90 Duccio Canestrini ha diretto cinque filmati, della durata  di 25 minuti ciascuno, per la serie televisiva A New World  (Dreamtime Productions/Raitre). Uno di essi, "I semi della sopravvivenza", ha ottenuto il Prix Leonardo al Festival del documentario scientifico della Fondazione Medikinale di Parma,  per la migliore produzione italiana.
Dal 2004 Duccio Canestrini è docente a contratto di Cinema, fotografia e televisione presso il Campus universitario di Lucca.
Tra il 2009 e il 2010 ha curato la sceneggiatura e la regia di un documentario a tema il Genius loci, in Alto Adige.

La serie A New World è composta di tredici episodi  dedicati al rapporto uomo/ambiente, con particolare attenzione per le soluzioni ecologiche escogitate da culture tradizionali. I cinque documentari sono stati girati, tra il 1995 e il 1996, da Gianni Maitan. La versione originale è in inglese (e lingue indigene), doppiata poi in edizione italiana.

  • Bridge over troubled cultures - Una strana condotta (Amazonia, Brasil)
  • Seeds of survival - I semi della sopravvivenza (Ethiopia)
  • Mother forest and the street children - Mamma foresta e i bambini di strada (Mata Atlantica, Brasil)
  • The coral ranger - I coralli della discordia (Ambergris island, Belize)
  • Through the hearth of the forest - La foretsa del giaguaro (Belize)

La serie di tredici documentari A New World, distribuita da Beyond, è stata  venduta in Australia, in Francia (Arte Vidéo"), in Israele, in Irlanda, in Giappone, in Brasile e in Nuova Zelanda. La Discovery International ne ha poi acquistato i diritti di trasmissione satellitare per diversi Paesi dell'Asia, del Medio Oriente e del Sudamerica.

A New World series. Five episodes produced by Duccio Canestrini. From the Amazon basin, to Ethiopia highlands and  Ambergris island in Belize, people around the planet are trying to re-establish a balance with nature. Against this stimulating backdrop of local contrasts, cultural frameworks and timeless regional diversity, A New World spotlights the front-line battles of men and women who have dedicated their lives to finding a new way.

Sights, sounds and music become powerful components in describing our protagonist''s world, reaching back through time to rediscover ancient tribal wisdoms and our most elemental connections to the land. Beyond the impenetrable jungle wall, behind the urban confusion, the heroes of A New World have met and conquered life''s most mysterious forces. In the process each, in their particular way, reaffirms the timeless bond between Man and Nature evoked across the globe in fable, legend and lore.

Documentary series A New World in Beyond International television Catalogue

Premi assegnati

"Bridge over troubled waters - Una strana condotta" di Duccio Canestrini (25 minuti. Storia del medico "scalzo" Aldo Lo Curto in Amazzonia).
  • Segnalazione speciale del Presidente della Giuria al "Premio Internazionale di studi Etnoantropologici G. Pitrè-S. Salomone Marino" Città di Palermo, Edizione 1996
  • premio  Rotary  "Antonio Pascatti"
  • premio Solidarietà delle Casse Rurali operanti sulla città di Trento al 44° Filmfestival Internazionale della Montagna e dell'Esplorazione di Trento, Edizione 1996.

"Seeds of survival - I semi della sopravvivenza" di Duccio Canestrini (25 minuti. Manipolazione genetica del grano, in Etiopia).
  • Prix Leonardo per la migliore produzione italiana al Festival Internazionale di film e multimedia della Fondazione Medikinale di Parma nel 1997
  • premio Rotary  al 45° Filmfestival Internazionale della Montagna e dell'Esplorazione di Trento, Edizione 1997.
The Coral Ranger (Belize) | 01/10/2007 |
Italian title: I coralli della discordia

The barrier reef which lies off the coast of Belize, in the Caribbean Sea, is the second largest in the world; second in size only to Australia's Great barrier reef. It is easy to be fascinated by the magical beauty of its underwater landscapes.
Few people understand how important this natural protection from the onslaught of ocean waves really is. Over the last 20 years, the delicate balance which regulates the life of the world's barrier reefs has been seriously threatened. Ever increasing industrial waste, irresponsible fishing, construction-related exploitation and disrespectful tourism are all to blame.

The island of Ambergris, a stone's throw away from Mexico, is also protected by Belize's barrier reef. Ambergris was well-known to the ancient Maya people who, over a thousand years ago, farmed on its land and traded in its stocks of salt, fish and vegetables. Today however, few traces of the pre-hispanic civilization remain on the island.
The island's peace and tranquility have always made it a favorite nesting haven for pelicans, cormorans and other sea birds. Up until a few years ago, the town of San Pedro, capitol of Ambergris, was a sleepy fishing village. Life revolved around a traditional fishing industry, religion - and the movement of the tide.

Then tourism appeared, and drastic changes soon followed. The population increased and today the island has become the principal tourist attraction in Belize - a success which both the island's environment and its inhabitants are paying a high price for. In order to protect a part of the island from irresponsible fishermen, and from the side effects of tourism, the Hol Chan marine reserve was established in 1987. continua
Through the Hearth of the Forest (Belize) | 13/11/2008 |
Italian title: La foresta del giaguaro

Sandwiched between Mexico and Guatemala, and overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea, lies lusciously green Belize, once called British Honduras. Its extraordinary coral reef is the largest in the western hemisphere. Some of the most pristine forests are found in Belize. Jaguars, ocelots, deer and tapirs all roam the undergrowth, while up in the thick canopy lives the funny but majestic keel-billed toucan, who with its enormous multicolored bill has been elected natural symbol of the country.

This young nation has a multicultural population of 200,000 representing an ethnic mosaic made up of Maya, Creole, Spanish and English blood.
Centuries ago the Antilles were used as halfway houses along the slave trade route and deported African slaves mixing with the indigenous Arawak indians gave rise to the extrovert Garifuà±a people, the undisputed masters of percussion. Ancient Mayan ruins still survive, as do their direct descendants, who continue to inhabit those parts of central America that once constituted their empire.

This racial diversity has thrived in the shade of Belize's green giants. The history of Belize is tied closely to that of the first English buccaneers, the legendary Baymen, who invaded the Mayan territory in the 17th Century and contended with the Spanish Army an inestimable national treasure. The forest in Belize boasts 4,000 species of flowering plants and 700 species of trees, some used to dye the wool from millions of English sheep and as the crossbars of along the old continent's railway tracks.

After two centuries, too many trees had been cut down and the price of wood momentarily collapsed. Uncontrolled development projects in this magnificent Caribbeancountry are already threatening the interior as well as the coast and its islands. continua
Mother Forest and the Street Children (Brasil) | 13/11/2008 |
Italian title: Mamma foresta e i bambini di strada

A woman against deforestation. The state of Alagoas, in northeastern Brazil, was once entirely covered by the Atlantic forest, a dense green cover which stretched from the coast to the Amazon basin. The forest was also home to the Xucuru indios, whose descendants still worship a god of the forest, Riki Kulià . The Xucuru believe that after a temporary incarnation in human form, their spirit will once again return to live inside a tree.

In northeast Brazil, and in particular in the state of Alagoas, deforestation began in the 17th Century, promoted by two new economic realities. On the one hand, landowners needed ever-increasing grazing territories for theis livestock. While on the other hand, cash crop cultivation, in the form of sugar cane, was introduced along the length of the Brazilian Atlantic coast, where it prospered, thanks to slave labor. The consequences, all too visible today, range from the destruction of the area's biological resources, to recurring and devastating droughts, to socio-economic degradation.

The Northeast is the poorest region of Brazil. Four children out of five are undernourished, and the infant mortality rate is twice that of the country's average. To make matters worse, a survey has shown that in the Alagoas region, an areaonce known as a Paradise of Water, only two percent of the population is aware that all their precious water comes from a small forest called Pedra Talhada, or Sliced Rock.

Anita Studer, a Swiss ornithologist, first came to Brazil twenty years ago to study its birds. As a scientist she never imagined that she would be swept away by human and environmental commitments and that one day her dedication and grassroots passion would transform the economic and social landscape of northeastern Brazil. continua
Seeds of Survival (Ethiopia) | 13/11/2008 |
Italian title: I semi della sopravvivenza

E thiopia, a country of breathtaking beauty, landscapes that change from high plateaus to thick forests to broad rivers. From Tis Abay, home of "the smoking waters," springs the winding Blue Nile. Ethiopia is a goldmine of genetic variety. For thousands of years, primitive farmers planted, harvested, selected and refined the seed base that nourishes humanity. Wheat, sesame, barley, coffee, banana, onion; all have their roots in Ethiopia. In the genetic wealth of just one seed lies the knowledge, the culture, the lives of thousands of generations.
As with much of what is commonly known as the "third world," Ethiopia was not always a poor country. The impoverishment of the country can be traced to its deforestation. Westerly winds that dropped their rains across the forested highlands have, in the past few years, passed silently over the farmlands. Their are few trees to hold the little water that falls. The earth is parched and the people suffer. It is difficult to forget the famine of 1985: one million people died of hunger. In their desperation, Ethiopian farmers even ate the seeds they needed for planting. The indigenous cereals of the area risked extinction. continua
Bridge over troubled cultures (Amazonia, Brasil). | 08/03/2008 |
italian title: Una strana condotta

The Amazonian indios are neither primitives to be civilized, nor noble savages to be idealized. They have a balanced relationship with nature and with their own community, and have elaborated religions, aesthetics and culture.
For decades this land has been invaded by gold miners, ranchers, loggers, petrochemical concerns, merchants, missionaries of a hundred sects, tourists and callous adventurers. For the indigenous peoples, these contacts, 9 times out of 10, have resulted in death and disease. At the beginning of this century, there were 2 million Amazonian indios, today there are 200,000 of them left, maybe less. Some like the Asurinì of the Xingu river, first came in contact withe the white man as late as 1971 - others, rightly suspicious, refuse any contact and defend their independence with bows and arrows. The threat that the white man represents to the indios health is so severe that Brazil has decide to close off their villages to visitors. continua
Genius loci. Lo spirito del luogo in Alto Adige | 06/06/2010 |
Trasmesso da Rai3, sede regionale di Bolzano, domenica 6 giugno ore 9:40.

Documentario di Duccio Canestrini e Luciano Stoffella. Musiche originali di Stefano Bernardi. Produttore: Daniel Mahlknecht, Dapalmer Film. Produzione CAB Provincia di Bolzano. Durata: 27 minuti. Lingue: italiano, inglese.

Che cos’è lo spirito del luogo? Come si manifesta? Siamo noi a crearlo o è lui (o lei) che ci “fa”? Un’inchiesta originale nella forma e nei contenuti. Un’indagine al contempo antropologica e poetica, sulla misteriosa entità che rappresenta la quintessenza di un territorio. "Forse lo spirito del luogo è soltanto esperienza vissuta. Una miscela di energie, un principio atavico e dinamico al tempo stesso. Per riconoscerlo bisogna lasciarsi incantare dal luogo e dalle persone che lo abitano. Per comprenderlo occorre essere curiosi del territorio e delle abitudini locali. Rispettare l'aria, l'acqua, gli insetti. Sentire. Il genio non è un vecchio saggio seduto su un tronco. Assume forme diverse, è sempre uguale e sempre in mutamento. Una ragazza che ha voglia di vivere, un animale leggendario, un improvviso colpo di vento. Ma sta anche nel nell'entusiasmo di fare la musica "giusta", nell'accostamento di architetture diverse, nella violenza della tradizione e in quella dell'innovazione. Lui, o lei, se la ridono. Al genius piace cambiare sembianze, giocare con la modernità, travestirsi. Uscire dai boschi, passeggiare in città."
Detto tra noi, che cos'è l'identità? | 23/03/2011 |
audiodocumentario di Duccio Canestrini per la radio della Svizzera italiana, Rete 2

Se ne parla molto, ma forse non dovremmo darla per scontata. Rete2 RSI 23 marzo 2011 alle 9 e in replica alle 22:00 continua
Sito della Radio Svizzera - puntate di Laser in podcast
Delinquenti si nasce o si diventa? | 13/09/2011 |
Audiodocumentario di Duccio Canestrini per la radio della Svizzera italiana,

Rete Due della RSI, martedì 13 settembre 2011 per il programma radiofonico Laser, alle 9 e poi in replica alle 22. continua
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