Florence November 27th - December 4th 2015

International documentary film festival


3:00 pm - Sui generis

by Els Dietvorst
Belgium, Ireland, 2015, 53'
The film-maker moves from Belgium to a village in the remotest rural part of Ireland. She falls in love with the harsh daily life of the shepherds and farmers who live in this land, therefore she decides to produce a web documentary about them. From a section of this first film, she developed The Rabbit and The Teasel.

4:00 pm - Images of the verb To Love: the documentaries of Mary Jiménez

Bénédicte Liénard Editing: Mary Jiménez
Belgium, 2013, 58'
The green bench is always there, in the wood inherited by Bénédicte’s family from an old ancestor injured in his work 150 years ago. When her father got sick, Bénédicte decided to ‘play’ with the super-8 films of her family, releasing them from the pain of ‘being no longer.’ Memories are things of the present. They can combine with it as the firmness of a walnut does with the tenderness of its kernel.

5:30 pm - Ali in the City- Contemporary migration patterns: drifts and destinations

Death of the Serpent God

by Damien Froidevaux

France, 2014, 91’

Following a scuffle that ended badly, twenty-year-old Koumba is expelled and sent back to Senegal. She had arrived in France at two years of age. Once eight- een, she had disregarded the application for French citizenship. Therefore the troubled Parisian girl, in a matter of 48 hours, found herself in a remote village of the Senegalese countryside, far from her family and her life in Paris. This is the story of a five-year exile, from the news to the tragic epic.

7:15 pm - The Trades of Cinema: Homage to Wojciech Staroń

Argentinian Lesson

by Wojciech Staroń
Poland, 2011, 56'
Janek is 8 years old when he moves from Poland to North Argentina with his family: his mother, a teacher of Polish, his little sister, and his father with the camera. In his daily struggle for integration in such a distant world, Janek meets Marcia, 11, the daughter of Polish emigrates. With a vivid, dynamic pace, Staroń’s lens follows cleverly this friendship in an intimate and moving journey of maturation.

9:00 pm – Panorama

On Opposing Fields

di Andrea Fenoglio, Matteo Tortone
ItalY, 2015, 63'
Martedì 1 dicembre, Spazio Alfieri, ore 21:00
"A man without land is just a man in the hands of increasingly hostile events", say directors Matteo Tortone and Andrea Fenoglio, in charge of the two tales told in the film. Respectively, Il campo, created on the observation of the bodies and movements of Sub-Saharian migrants looking for a job and who are hosted in a reception campo in Northern Italy; Il recinto, focused on the life, thoughts and words of a local farmer whose land was taken away from him.

10:30 pm – Special Events


di|by Çayan Demirel, Ertuğrul Mavioğlu

Turkey, 2015, 92’

The film follows the lives of the guerilla of the PKK in three different camps on the Kurdish region that lies within Turkish borders. Bakur introduces us to men and women who have chosen to join the armed resistance in order to create a new future. The documentary challenges the audience to develop a different point of view as it sheds light on this mysterious world. It was the first time that a profes- sional camera got ever access to the camps. The film has been censored in Tur- key, where the Istanbul Film Festival was forced to remove it from its program.

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