Screening of the documentary: "Il Tropico Del Caos" + interview with the Director Angelo Loy


Franca Viganò got a bachelor’s degree in History, Anthropology and Religion and a MA in Ethno-Anthropological Disciplines from La Sapienza University. She also has an Advanced Master’s degree in Public Policy and Social Change from Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin. During this time, she completed an internship at the Fundamental Rights Laboratory (LDF). She now works as a researcher for the Medical Collaboration Committee (CCM). In July 2020 she got a Diploma in Project Planning for Development from the Training Centre for Human Development (VIS). Since early 2020 she collaborates with the CSA on the current project.


Lisa Canal Brunet (1998), is an International Sciences of development and cooperation student at the University of Turin. She has a long-standing experience in the world of volunteering. She is doing an internship at the Centre for African Studies of Turin (CSA) where she assists organization of the current event related to the project and she supports the staff and the Director of the Centre. She is engaged in topics such as international cooperation, solidarity, and development projects.


Angelo Loy is a director and photographer. He was involved in the production of many medium- and full-length documentaries (among others, Pinocchio Nero, Una Scuola Italiana, L’Infedele, Luoghi Comuni, Tropico del Caos) and he has been awarded of various international prizes. In 2000 he begun his collaboration with AMREF (African Medicine and Research Foundation). He was awarded of Premio Cinema del Reale (2006) and Premio Cinema per la Pace (2006). In 2011 he was appointed as Head of Studies at ESODOC (European Social Documentary) International, based in Nairobi. He currently holds seminars at European workshops at ESODOC and ZELIG-Scuola di Documentario, Televisione e Nuovi Media in Bolzano (Italy).

Tropico del Caos – A. Loy


This movie touches different topics related to the project on Lake Chad. The narration, made by different local personalities, related to the history of the area but also describing the economic, geographic and cultural development, gives a general yet accurate idea of the situation in the present time. The focus on health workers describing the issues related to the absence of health policies and the isolation of the area makes easier to understand some of the major effects of the desertification togheter with terrorism and the political crisis. Farmers, fishermen and other citizens of the Lake Chad area speak their truth from their point of view, making the viewer understand the context from the source, but also prospecting change and creation of new activities.