Yesterday, FIAF offered a program in honor of 150th Anniversary of the Principality of Monaco. The exhibition of photographs by Gabrielle Basilico, commissioned by the principality, concentrated on the urbanization of Monaco. This rocky outcropping has turned into a place as dense as midtown New York.
I took my niece, Lola, who is in the US for a summer work experience with the Vermont Conservation Corp, to the exhibition and film. Afterwards, we went out to dinner and I asked Lola what she thought of the film. "It seemed a bit like propaganda. I liked the docudrama part. I thought it was clever to have the recreations in color and the vintage footage in black and white. The narrator made one remark that struck me. In the beginning of the film, the narrator recounts that "Monaco was just lemon and olive trees." That's NOT nothing. I had to agree, what I wouldn't give for a few lemon and olive trees in my backyard.