What has an emperor, a centennial tradition and wine and cheese have in common? Discover Osmiza

Osmiza is a centennial tradition placed in the border between Italy and Slovenia, on the former austro hungaric empire, specifically in the area known as “Carso”, which is a short strip of hills across the coast of the Adriatic sea.
This area is crowded with small towns like Monrupio, Sgonico, Prepotto, Contovello, really hard to access with anything but a car.
A rule from the emperor allowed the peasants to sell their wine and cold cuts without taxes for only eight days on their premises. In 2012, the tradition adapts and endures.
Osmiza is a wonderful tradition with a very special background not only because of the richness of its tradition, but also by the important social role that it represents in the area. I strongly believe that together with the “sagra” its one of the main social events in the region that keeps the social tissue together. It bring together both italians and slovenians, rich and poor, old and young in the same space and allows them to share an activity. It’s actually a great social thermometer of the region.
I’d like to thank specially to Federica, Matteo and Irene, who helped me a lot in the production of the video, and of course to all the owners and workers of the osmiza, which kindly opened their places to us to film and interview them, with special thanks to Ivan Gabrovec and family and Boris Mihalic for their attention.
The music was composed by me originally. The final song is an original recording of members of two bands playing on a birthday, called Domaci Zvoki and Krasi Musikanti.

Osmiza from Pablo Apiolazza on Vimeo.

The video was shot handheld with a Sony A35 and a set of lenses DT 1.8/50 SAM, 3.5-5.6/18-55 SAM and 4.5-5.6/75-300.
A great resource to find the open osmize is www.osmize.com that has a great map with the currently open osmize, how to get there and a small description of each place.
This is a short version of an upcoming longer documentary, the short version was made for the latin american magazine Anfibia. Here you can find the original article
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