Florence November 27th - December 4th 2015

International documentary film festival

FRI. DEC. 4TH - ODEON

10:00 am - International Competition

SPONDE. NEL SICURO SOLE DEL NORD
Shores. In the Safe Northern Sun

by Irene Dionisio

Italy, France, 2015, 60’
Vincenzo, a gravedigger in Lampedusa, buries the bodies of the migrants who died during shipwrecks, raising the protests of the religious community protesting for the use of crosses to bury non-Catholic people. In Zarzis, Tunisia, postman the postman Mohsen Lidhabi builds a museum with clothes of the dead bodies and the objects that the sea returned to the land. One day, Vincenzo and Mohsen begin to write letters to each other.

10:00 am - International Competition

PEDRO M, 1981
di|by Andreas Fontana

Switzerland, Spain, 2015, 27’

Childhood memories are, for many people, old amateur films with worn-out col- ours. For the unknown protagonist of this film, the mystery surrounding her father is related to fairly different images: the camera shots inside the Spanish Parliament in 1981, during the military coup attempt. Historical images shot by an unknown cameramen of Spanish National Television: Pedro M, the father she never met.



11:30 am - International Competition

SPOON
di|by Michka Saäl

Canada, 2015, 60’

Besides your daily life and a research for another film, you stumble in the poetry of Spoon Jackson, detained in a Los Angeles prison since 1977, when he committed murder at 19 years of age. You entertain an epistolary and telephonic relationship with him for eight years. Inscribed in the Mojave Desert, Spoon’s poetry is set free from the “shadow fighting with death.”



11:30 am - International Competition

POR LOS CAMINOS DEL SUR
Down Southern Roads

by Jorge Luis Linares Martínez

Mexico, 2015, 29’

When a path among dense woods, rivers to cross and mountains to climb be- comes a chance to expose one’s own feelings, it is a path that it is created while we walk. Mariana and Miguel, father and daughter, don’t know much of each other’s lives and learn - walking Southbound - the hard task of turning rancor into hope and reconnecting a broken relationship.

3:00 pm – Special Events

BAB SEBTA
Door of Ceuta

by Frederico Lobo, Pedro Pinho

Portugal, 2008, 110’

Pedro Pinho and Frederico Lobo invite us to cross “the door of Ceuta,” Bab Septa, and reach the throbbing heart of Africa, from which migrants set off for their jour- neys. Ours is a journey without rhetoric that exposes what goes behind the scenes of an ordeal of hope and despair, exploitation and violence, courage and desire to live. This story should be followed step by step, leaving commonplaces and your living room behind.
HOMAGE TO JOÃO MATOS, INTERNATIONAL JURY



5:30 pm – The Correspondent

O PARTO
di|by Elizabeth Rocha Salgado

Netherlands, 2013, 13’

Rio de Janeiro: Elizabeth Salgado is filming on her way to the hospital. She is pregnant and needs a check up. Elizabeth is convinced that her health insurance should provide a “natural birth” if she chooses so. But the doctors decide for a Caesarian. Between 80 and 90% of all women in Brazil have a Caesarian to give birth, one of the highest percentages in the world. According to the World Health Organization 15% is already too much. But in Brazil this seems the only way; espe- cially for poor women with no health insurance coverage.

5:30 pm – Special Events

SOLO – OUT OF A DREAM
by Jos de Putter

Netherlands, 2014, 90’

This film portrays the incredible story of Leonardo, a child from a Brazilian favela who became rich and famous as a football player thanks to a film which allowed him to distinguish himself. The director of that film goes back to Brazil with Leon- ardo to help him face up to his past. Together, they will find a way to get out of the dream and to face a story which resembles in many respects a tragedy.
HOMAGE TO JOS DE PUTTER, INTERNATIONAL JURY



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AWARD CEREMONY

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9:00 pm - Sui Generis

THE QUEEN OF SILENCE
Germany, Poland 2014 80'
by: Agnieszka Zwiefka
10 years old Denisa is an outcast in many ways. She is an illegal citizen of a gypsy camp in Poland, a woman in a patriarchal gypsy community and most of all – she doesn’t speak as no one has ever diagnosed her with severe hearing disabilities. She lives in a world of her own, full of rhythm and dance, imitating the glamorous women from the Bollywood DVDs she found in a nearby garbage. Dancing she can be anyone she wants, even a queen, and express what she can‘t say – joy, sadness and fear. In The Queen of Silence documentary turns into a compelling musical, with a fantastic soundtrack by CocoRosie.


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