Dea Squillante is among the protagonists of the festival of censored arts, for freedom of expression and against anti-blasphemy laws. Art exhibitions, group shows, live performances, talks, screenings, stand-up comedies, on the theme of censorship for religious reasons and blasphemy.
Director of the Sarno Film Festival, a cultural event organized by the Cultural Association Il Cantiere dell’Alternativa – Cinema and Culture Rights which for ten years has been carrying out a cultural project that combines constitutional rights and Cinema. Each year, the staff of the Sarno Film Festival chooses an article from the Italian Constitution, which becomes the leitmotif of the event as a whole, and in particular of the section dedicated to the short film competition. Last year the Festival was dedicated to freedom of expression. Strengthened by this experience, Dea Squillante, together with the director Giuseppe Sciarra and the journalist Rosaria Carifano, is the curator of three events dedicated to cinema, which include screenings, interviews and debates.
Anti-blasphemy laws in Italy and around the world are used to suppress political opponents and dissidents, to censor artists, journalists and free thinking.
The application of a law that should protect an unidentified “religious sentiment” is highly subjective, completely arbitrary. There are countries where even a woman’s song can be considered blasphemous. A reality that moves large sums of money and votes but which cannot be satirized or criticized, becomes untouchable: an unnameable god becomes truly omnipotent even on the political and social level. This is why Ceci n’est pas un blasphème , the festival of censored arts, was born .
The festival enjoys the moral patronage of the Department of Culture of Naples, but to maintain independence and thus guarantee the quality of the curatorship we do not have access to public funds: we are professionals but we work on it as a team of volunteers, we believe in it a lot, if you share the message give us a hand to make it happen: together we can do something great, for art, for poetry, for freedom of expression, against any form of religious abuse!