UBALDO tells the story of a religious cultural festival that traces its roots back 850 years. The celebration, known as the "La Festa Dei Ceri," occurs in only two places in the world: the unlikely sister cities of Gubbio, in Umbria, Italy, and Jessup, a coal-mining town in northeast Pennsylvania. Shot entirely on location, UBALDO captures the intensity of key moments from both festivals — from the raising of the statues onto the platforms, to the sprinting of the platform teams to the strategizing of the team captains. The film also details the expressive language and precise protocols of La Festa Dei Ceri, including colorful community activities leading up to the race, and the traditional uniforms worn by the platform bearers.
Length: 57 minutes