A recording of Bruce springsteen record a passage from John steinbeckthe classic book of Grapes of Wrath is featured in a new Italian documentary titled Ants, on the plight of African and Asian migrants who try to travel to Europe to find a better life.
A segment of Springsteen’s soliloquy can be heard in a new trailer for the film which premiered exclusively on Variety.com.
In the clip, interspersed with scenes of various migrants in the midst of their travels, The Boss can be heard read: “Big business didn’t know that the line between hunger and anger is a thin line… On the highways, people get stuck. moved like ants and looked for work, food. And the anger started to ferment.
Ants producer Davide Azzolini recount Variety that he contacted Springsteen through his manager, David Landau, to see if Bruce would do the reading, which he said would give the film a “more universal” appeal.
Grapes of Wrath, of course, was written during the Great Depression and focuses on people who left their homes in the Dust Bowl area of the United States to travel to California in search of a better future. Springsteen’s song “The Ghost of Tom Joad” was inspired by the main character of the novel.
Azzolini says he didn’t expect Springsteen to accept the request, but a few weeks later he was told that Bruce would be “recording [the reading] in his studio.
A few days later, Azzolini says he received “two different takes of his recordings” via email.
Ants, which was directed by an Italian journalist and filmmaker Valerio Nicolosi, features footage shot on rescue ships, in overcrowded migrant camps on the Greek island of Lesvos and in the Balkans. The film is currently submitted to international film festivals.
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