Florence October 10th – 17th, 2017

International documentary film festival


Thursday, October 12th, Spazio Alfieri, 3:00pm

by Sofia Salvatierra
Italy, 2017, 27’

Scuola Civica Luchino Visconti Milano
“To be young and not revolutionary is a contradiction even in biological terms.” The director of this film, her debut, uses the words of Salvador Allende to begin her story. On April 10, 2016, people vote in Peru to elect their new president: many, including the Milan community of Peruvians, are afraid that the daughter of dictator Alberto Fujimori is elected. The filmmaker approaches her community in order to observe this historic moment for her country.

Thursday, October 12th, Spazio Alfieri, 3:00pm

by Léa Delbès, Federico Frefel, Greta Nani, Michele Silva
Italy, 2017, 31’

Summer. An excerpt from the TV report of the UEFA Euro 2016 Italy-Sweden game takes us at the poolside of a public swimming pool in the outskirts of Milan. We spend a day at the bathing complex Franco Scarioni, along with those who found in that place – built in the fifties – an island of peace in a city that seems borderless.

Thursday, October 12th, Spazio Alfieri, 4:45pm

Theatre 1
by Kazuhiro Soda
Japan, USA, 2012, 172’

Observational Film #3 - What is the essence of theatre? Theatre 1 is a feature length documentary which closely depicts the world of Oriza Hirata, Japan’s leading playwright and director, and his theatrical company, Seinendan. By depicting them, the film leads the audience to revisit fundamental but timely questions: What is Theatre? Why do human beings love acting?

Thursday, October 12th, Spazio Alfieri, 8:30pm

Tempting Promises
by Chiara Campara, Lorenzo Faggi
Italy, 2017, 74’

Esino Lario is a small village in the Alps at the border of Italy and Switzerland. It is a quiet, isolated site; the only foreigners are a group of refugees sheltered in an old hotel, waiting for political asylum. In 2016, the village hosted an international event about the World Wide Web and digital culture, i.e. the annual gathering of Wikipedia volunteers. The film follows the preparations over the months prior to the event. While some get involved, others show indifference or open hostility, revealing a society that is split between modernity and tradition, openness and narrowmindedness.

Thursday, October 12th, Spazio Alfieri, 9:45pm

by Tali Shemesh, Asaf Sudri<
Israel, 2016, 52’

On October 18, 2015, a terrorist armed with a gun and a knife entered Beersheba’s bus terminal. Within 18 minutes, a soldier was killed and an Eritrean asylum seeker was lynched after being mistaken for the terrorist. This film presents a tense, minute-by-minute, Rashomon-style account of that tragic day. It tells the story of people caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Their testimonies are incorporated into security camera footage to present a surprising and complex picture that challenges on people’s ability to judge what is happening in times of collective panic.

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