Made On The Road, between nights, during the two-month expedition in South America.
At the end of January 2020, the MotoForPeace team – a non-profit association made up of members of various Italian and international police forces with a passion for motorbikes – embarked on the “Anonimi della Fede 2020” humanitarian expedition. The goal was to bring concrete help in the form of medical supplies and donations to several missions in need, located in Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia and Peru.
The team consisted of nine motorbikes and two support vans, and one of these two four-wheelers served as our mobile office, the headquarters of DooGReporter for the two-month expedition – and the more than 13,000 kilometres travelled.
We started with the objective of documenting the mission – as we had done in Africa in 2018. True to our style, we went deep in search of the motivations that had driven a group of fourteen people to embark on a far from the comfortable journey along the South American routes. We shared with them every day for two months, every kilometre of those 13,000 journeys, the setbacks, the smiles, the encounters, the changes of course, the difficult decisions, the hugs, the commotion, the early termination of the mission due to the advancing COVID-19 pandemic.
We have become witnesses of how this group has grown and how its passage has brought a message of peace and concrete help to the people. We have collected all this in ENTIENDO, a documentary film in which we lay bare the innermost thoughts of these people. The title contrasts with the cliché of ‘no entiendo!’ used to cut short when one does not want to understand something. Stubbornly, we have tried to understand this to the end and ENTIENDO is the result of this journey.
“I tried to characterise the different parts of ENTIENDO using the right tools and creating a theme that was appropriate to the situation each time. For example, the pressing rhythm of the preparation in Valparaíso, given by the South American percussion, recalls that excitement of when you are about to start something you have wanted for a long time. In the middle part, it is a continuous encounter between piano and strings, between motorcyclists and the environment. The piano’s jumping motion is reminiscent of engine pistons, an almost mechanical movement that is softly nuanced. For the ambience, I chose a full orchestra of strings because of the impressive sound and because the orchestra is made up of many elements, just like nature and the environment we see. In the Religious Missions part, sweetness prevails, which is why I chose a light piano as an instrument, which tells without pushing too hard. As the images became more intense I picked up the pace, because I thought about the enormous amount of joy they could have brought inside these places. And movement, when harmonious, is always happiness.
The bows change roles in the final part when the team is trying to cross the border into Peru. The bows go up and the looks become more dramatic, and more thoughtful, just like them. I was particularly struck by the gaze of the motorcyclist still wearing his helmet and balaclava, whose eyes are only visible: he hardly blinks, and they are thoughtful eyes. Shortly afterwards a sharp plan enters, referring to the phone call, to the attempt not to throw in the towel. Events continue their course and the rhythm stops, the percussion stops and only the long-note strings remain, suspended. In the final part, there are still the fixed notes of those who no longer have a chance to move. But there is also an impressive final agreement, the sum of all the experiences the team has had on this mission.”