Florence November 27th - December 4th 2015

International documentary film festival


3:00 pm - – Free entrance - Ali in the City- Contemporary migration patterns: drifts and destinations

by Omar Ba, Malik Nejmi

France, 2015, 55’

On the shore of Tangier, Malik meets Omar, a young man from Senegal who is in Morocco to get ready for a “self-organized journey across the sea” towards Europe. Together with other young men, they shoot an “illegal film at the border”. Shot with ordinary smartphones, this experiment shows how migrants organize themselves and the hidden strategies which no one else has ever unveiled.

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A cooperation with Global Governance Program/EUI
Introduction: Vittorio Iervese (UniMORE/Festival dei Popoli)
Moderation: Anna Triandafyllidou (GGP/EUI)
With contributions by:
Beatrice Ferrara (CSPG/Università “L’Orientale”)
Fabrizio Gatti (journalist, “L’Espresso”)
Nicola Mai (sociologist and filmmaker, Kingston University London)
Malik Nejmi (artist)
Ali says, “The point is, you cannot see migration. What you see is the consequences. You notice strange people walking in the streets of your town and think, ‘Ah, these immigrants!’ Or someone draws your attention to a group of ragged people trying to board on a train, and say, ‘How tragic!’ But what do you know of the difference between hope and despair? What do you know of a gasp provoked by fear or a sigh of relief? What do you know of all this, if your eyes can’t see, your ears can’t listen, your words can’t tell?” This meeting is an attempt to answer Ali’s questions, search- ing for new ways to describe contemporary migrations and share stories that involve all of us. This seminar is a space for discussion, trying to construct other ‘places,’ possibly less ‘common’ than those we are used to.

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by Nicola Mai

France, 2014, 28’
Nicola Mai tells the story of Samira, who not only emigrated from Algeria to Fran- ce but also crossed sexual boundaries twice. The first time, when he took female hormones to grow his breast and obtain political asylum in France as transsexual person. The second time, twenty years later, when his father fell seriously ill and he had his breasts surgically removed to be able to go back to Algeria as a ‘real man.’

7:30 pm - Ali in the City- Contemporary migration patterns: drifts and destinations

by Tami Liberman

Germany, 2014, 30’

Mr. X is an asylum seeker from West Africa who went to live in Berlin without a work permit. Since its exposure would put him at risk, Mr. X tells his story from behind the camera, without ever revealing his identity and face. From his point of view he tells us his stories in Berlin and the stories of people on the refugee camps in Italy, he tells us about his grandmother in Africa, and about drug traf- fickers in Görlitzer Park and his own relationship with his legal status and with the camera.

ore 7:30 pm – Sui Generis

by Christian Cerami
UK, 2015, 16'
Black Sheep is a lucid, precise and, at the same time, cinematographic overview on racism and Islamophobia in the youth culture of Northern England working class. A young man with a leather jacket is listening to a former inmate wearing a t-shirt in an empty and seedily lit living room. The topic of their discussion is Muslims in Great Britain and the protest that an organized group is going to display in most densely Islamic neighbourhood of the country.

by Fernando Dominguez
Argentina, 2014, 9'
During Nazi domination, a man visits the town of Salers in France where Mimi Pinson, a mad woman – who died in a mental asylum writing letters to World leaders – follows him. Around eighty years later, the man comes back in the same places, crossed by distant memories of a far-away past like moving shadows on a dirty wall.

9:00 pm – Panorama

di Manu Gerosa
Italia, Belgio, Qatar, 2015, 78'
Ornella and Teresa, two sisters who, after a lifetime spent looking after each other, in the film live their moment of separation, which is also when the secret of a whole existence is unveiled. The confrontation of two opposed characters, bound by a mutual love filled with too many responsibilities, is the setting of a tender and humorous tale by Manu Gerosa, film director and Ornella’s son.

10:30 pm – Sui Generis


by Diego Amando Moreno Garza
Messico, 2015, 62'
San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico, late Eighties. An esteemed professional woman kills a four-year-old little girl. Over the days after the crime, the police record the woman’s depositions, describing her disturbing point of view and the circumstances of the murder. The pictures remind us of the style of a few recent horror box-office hits.

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