TVM series that bring the past to life – Deheb il-Karta

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TVM series that bring the past to life - Deheb il-Karta

Minister for Education and Employment Evarist Bartolo and Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici attend the launch of the new season of ‘Deheb il-Karta’- National Library, Valletta

Deheb il-Karta – is a television series which will bring to life some of the memories stored in the National Library, including long forgotten tales of murder and embezzlement.

Minister for Education and Employment Evarist Bartolo said at the launch of the second series that, “by shedding a light on some of the items within the library’s collections, this television series builds a bridge between education, culture and entertainment, providing culturally significant storytelling to contemporary media audiences.”

The stories shown might seem like the stuff of fiction, with tales of murder, robbery, revenge, forgiveness and triumph which took place around 400 years ago, but they are all based on real events documented in the manuscripts housed at the National Library.

The National Library, is situated in the heart of Valletta, and with its high bookshelves and ancient manuscripts, the stories often lie forgotten, read only by the researchers who visit the library.

“This series will make the stories, and the rich insights into the past that they provide, accessible to a much wider audience by turning them into docudramas broadcast on national television,” said Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici.

Now in its second season, Deheb il-Karta is a series of 13 short 15-minute docudramas. Scripted by Lino Farrugia and adapted for television by Frederick Testa, the new season will start airing on TVM in October.

TVM explained that the stories in the series are related in such a way that the narrator is himself a character in the stories, allowing viewers to be drawn further into the narrative.

Costumes and costume research were provided by Teatru Manoel, while original music was composed by Elton Zarb.

Photograph: DOI/Kevin Abela

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