Florence November 25th – December 2nd 2016

International documentary film festival


4:30 pm - With the collaboration of Publiacqua and Water Right Foundation - Looking for neverland

by Steph Ching, Ellen Martinez
USA, 101', 2016
After six years of conflict in Syria, there are millions of displaced persons. The largest refugee camp in Jordan, Zaatari, is managed by UNHCR and now counts a population of over 80,000 people. The film portrays the daily life at the camp and the communities who have settled down in it, with a special focus on the work done by humanitarian operators and the stories of some of the families who have run away from the horrors of war.

6:45 pm – In the battlefields: the cinema of Danielle Arbid

by Danielle Arbid
France, Lebanon, 2004, 29’
Beirut. In her mother’s living room, Danielle Arbid records three conversations among her friends through which she explores the Lebanon of those years. Made of three short films, Conversations de Salon I deals with the war, the exile in France, but also conjugal disappointment, and the burden of centuries-old traditions. A protected place like the living room allows these women to give vent to their emotions, offering glimpses of comfort and sheltering them from an uncertain future, while the camera becomes invisible.

by Danielle Arbid
France, 2008, 20’
One day, Danielle Arbid is asked to realize a radio show. The filmmaker meets and consults women and men whom she knows, in Lebanon, and records a vast collection of a generation’s intimate stories on the ideas, events, and experiences regarding sex. A little while after the broadcast, the same material is reused to realize a short film.

by Danielle Arbid
France, Lebanon, 2015, 23’
Beirut files past our eyes through the windows of a car. The voice of a woman speaks over the journey. It is Danielle Arbid’s mother talking on the phone with an interminable series of different interlocutors. Time goes by, the daylight gradually wanes and then disappears, and the woman’s voice gets more and more agitated, while the ride feels like a desperate race across a dead-end maze.

9:00 pm – Special events

by Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg

Usa, 2016, 100’

A close-up on Anthony Weiner, North-American politician whose name is now indissolubly tied to the sex-related scandals that saw him as a major player and brought about a crisis with his wife Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s closest advisor. The film follows Weiner’s campaign for New York City mayor in 2013, when his unexpected recovery crumbles as new sexting episodes come to the surface.

10:45 pm – The trades of cinema: homage to Sergio Oksman

by Sergio Oksman
Spain, 2015, 68'
Two characters in a story: the film director and his father meet in Brazil after many years, having decided to watch the football world championship together. However, the sports event remains off screen, but it sets the pace and the form of a narrative, a story with an unforeseen ending where reality bursts in with all its might.

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