Giuseppe Sciarra 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.
He is the director of Venere is a short film guy who explores the world of crossdressing. The protagonist disguises himself and prostitutes himself. Many festivals, including LGBT, have rejected Venus is a boy, because it was considered inappropriate or offensive, for a scene, which however is not depicted in vulgar tones: the character of Emanuele, played by Davide Crispino, wears a crucifix while masturbating: he is at peace with that spiritual part that accepts his homosexual impulses. Venus is a boy is not a fictional story, it is the story of Tiziano Mariani.
Giuseppe’s presence at the festival is not limited to this. With Dea Squillante and Rosaria Carifano, he is 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!