The Pact of the Mountain: a Biellese history

11/10/2019 - Updates

On the occasion of the XXI edition of Arte al Centro of a responsible social transformation – which will take place on Sunday 13 October 2019 at 20.30 at Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto (Biella, via Serralunga 27) – the film The Pact of the Mountain by Manuele Cecconello and Maurizio Pellegrini will be screened  in the presence of the directors and with the participation of the producer Elda Ferri, of Francesca Conti and Lorenzo Canova of the production team and Gianni Rosas, General Director of ILO Italy (for info see: art-to-center-2019).

In this context, a message of support was sent for the candidacy of Biella Creative City: “On behalf of the production team of the film” The Pact of the Mountain “(Maurizio Pellegrini, Francesca Conti, Elda Ferri, Lorenzo Canova) – declares the director Manuele Cecconello I am happy to support Biella’s candidacy for UNESCO Creative City. Creativity is the first link in a virtuous chain whose purpose is the creation of an active and conscious citizenship. Our film tells of the extraordinary primacy of the Biella area to root the quality of the textile product in the quality of the productive relationships. A history of rights, work ethic, relations between citizens even before that between “employers” and “employees” who placed the equal pay between men and women and the preservation of a product of excellence in difficult times at the center of their vision like the Second World War. Let us therefore take on the spirit of this candidacy intended as a propulsion to interpret the present with the experience of the noble Biellese industrial and trade union past as a pioneering democratic laboratory to found a future where this productive vocation unleashes all its innovative power to infect society towards change“.

The Pact of the Mountain, signed in Biella in 1944 to establish the equal pay for men and women, is the first act of this kind in Europe.

During the Second World War, in Biella, the oldest textile district in Italy, when entrepreneurs, workers and partisans met secretly to sign an agreement that in fact anticipated many achievements that became law in the late 1960s.

From the catwalks of high fashion in Milan a young designer goes to Biella to understand why the exceptional quality of the fabrics he uses in his collections. Meet the places, the products and the protagonists, like Nino Cerruti and Argante. The first is the famous fashion designer and entrepreneur in the world, the son of those who then signed the pact; the second is the partisan commander witnessing what happened.

The finest fabrics in the world are still produced in Biella. All international designers buy fabrics in Biella, where brands such as Cerruti, Ermenegildo Zegna, Loro Piana, Barbera and many others were born.

The meaning of the film is that the quality of products is rooted in the immaterial quality of relationships between people, something that cannot be easily relocated. A metaphor for today that, in quite another crisis, must rediscover the meaning of the future and of the social pact.