The journey that brings immigrants back to the country of their childhood is an odd odyssey. It’s a closed session inside a car where we are held in custody by our memory, for a unique and exhausting day exploring the labyrinth of absence. A voyage full of questions about the relationship that binds us to the country of our childhood. This road-movie is a trip that runs against the current times where immigrants are permanently fleeing from misery and war.
The son of Portuguese immigrants, José Vieira has lived in France since 1965. He devoted himself very early to the cinema, through which he has dedicated himself mainly to the subject of immigration.
Consumers love – and live on – their smartphones, tablets and laptops. A cascade of new devices pours endlessly into the market, promising ever better communication, non-stop entertainment and instant information. The numbers are staggering. By 2020, four billion people will have a personal computer. Five billion will own a mobile phone. But this revolution has a dark side, hidden from most consumers. In an investigation that spans the globe, filmmaker Sue Williams investigates the underbelly of the electronics industry and reveals how even the smallest devices have deadly environmental and health costs. From the intensely secretive factories in china, to a ravaged New York community and the high tech corridors of Silicon Valley, Death by Design tells a story of environmental degradation, of health tragedies, and the fast approaching tipping point between consumerism and sustainability.
Formed Ambrica Productions to produce documentaries of international scope and interest. Contemporary China, which features prominently in Death by Design, has always been a special focus for her. She wrote, produced and directed the six-hour china trilogy – China in Revolution, the Mao Years, and Born under the Red Flag – which explored the turbulent social and political history of 20th Century China. All aired as national specials on PBS to great critical acclaim and have been broadcast in over 25 countries. Sue also directed two highly praised biographies - Eleanor Roosevelt and Mary Pickford -- for the PBS series, American Experience. Her films have appeared in festivals around the world and won numerous awards, including the Cine Golden Eagle, International Film & Video festival awards, Chris Awards, and two Edgar Dale awards for best screenwriting.
One day, almost everything turned into a pile of rubble and garbage. There remained ghosts wandering through the fields, the ruins and the fog. But some of these ghosts are alive. There are those who stayed, those who came back, and those who roam through the difficult memories of this once most cursed neighborhood in the city. Only this Tarrafal, a slow death camp like those of Salazar's dictatorship, is not in Cape Verde but in Portugal.
was born in Leiria in 1977. He has been a documentary filmmaker and freelance journalist since 1999. He studied in Porto, where he completed a postgraduate and a master's degree in Culture and Communication, documentary variant, with a dissertation about documentarism in the years of the April Revolution. In 2007 he attended a documentary course at the International School of Cinema and Television in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. In 2008 he founded the Red Desert Films production company. He won nine awards with the films he directed. They were shown on RTP, Plus France channel, Plus Afrique channel and TVcine and entered the competition in more than 40 national and international festivals such as Clermont-Ferrand, Guadalajara, Doclisboa, Documenta Madrid, Curtas Vila do Conde, São Paulo Short Film Festival, Porto Post Doc, Thessaloniki Festival, and CPH: dox, among others. Of his filmography, the most notable are the documentaries "A Olhar o Mar" (89', 2007), "En la Barberia" (6', 2007), "Os Esquecidos" (63', 2009) "Água Fria" (14', 2011), "A Raposa da Deserta" (85', 2014) and "Hospedaria (20', 2014). In 2014 he completed the documentary "Acima das Nossas Possibilidades" (43'), integrated in Project Troika and, with Boaventura Sousa Santos, made the short film "Conversas do Mundo". In 2015 he produced and directed the film "Bairrismos" (61'). Already in 2016 he made the short documentary "A Praia" and the long "Tarrafal".
In July 1939, a family separated in Lourenço Marques: the parents and the daughter Maria das Dores Afonso dos Santos, aged 7, depart for Timor, where the father will assume the position of judge; The sons, João and José Afonso dos Santos (the singer Zeca Afonso), aged 11 and almost 10, leave for Portugal, to their father's brothers' home in Coimbra and Belmonte, since there were no conditions in Timor to continue with their official studies. Less than two months after the separation, on September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland and, two days later Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand declared war on Germany and the 2nd World War began. In December 1941, Japan entered the war and, on February 20, 1942, invaded and occupied Timor.
The family will only be reunited six years later, in Lisbon, in February 1946. The parents and Maria das Dores, traumatised by the terrible life in a concentration camp for 3 years, the children João and José, asphyxiated by Catholicism and the increasing Germanism of the New State and shaken by a long period of comiserative orphanhood: after the Japanese invasion of Timor, the abrupt and absolute lack of news from the parents and sister was taken as "bad news".
Maria das Dores and João Afonso dos Santos, in their 80s, continue to vividly and emotionally recall this period of their young lives, as well as to movingly evoke the company of their brother deceased in 1987. Interlacing their memories and those of their brother José in a dialogue to which age, memory, poetic evocation and lasting feelings confer a unique drama and depth, we will weave the narrative of the family adventure of the three and portray a dismal time of our collective life.
Was born in Lisbon in 1947. He graduated in Law from the University of Lisbon. He visited the theater as an actor, playwright and assistant director. In 1975 he made a few short films for television and in 1976 directed the feature film "Barronhos – quem teve medo do poder popular", a documentary that reconstructs a crime in a shanty town during the hot summer of 1975. Soon afterwards he made the film "A Fuga", with the participation of Luís Alberto, the director signing the screenplay in co-authorship with Arnaldo Aboim. In 1979, he filmed "Cerromaior", based on the emblematic work of Manuel da Fonseca, which starred actor Carlos Paulo. In 1983/84, he performed "Sinais de Vida", a film about the life and work of Jorge de Sena, with Luís Miguel Cintra, Costa Ferreira and Clara Joana in the main roles. In 1990 he made "Amor e Dedinhos de Pé", an adaptation of the work of the Macanese writer Henrique da Senna Fernandes, with Joaquim de Almeida and the Spanish actress Ana Torrent in the main roles. In 1994 he filmed "Sinais de Fogo" (based on the namesake book by Jorge de Sena), with Diogo Infante as protagonist. The screenplays of the two films are shared with the Brazilian Izaías Almada. "Adeus, Pai", of 1996, with the actors José Afonso Pimentel and João Lagarto was his work with a greater impact to the public. "Camarate", a film dating back to 2000, features Maria João Luís. In 2002 he filmed "A Passagem da Noite", with Leonor Seixas, one of the most awarded Portuguese films in international festivals. "The Other Side" of 2007, with Filipe Duarte, Maria d'Aires and Tomás Almeida, is his latest work to have had a remarkable journey in festivals around the world.
Sabri, Saliha’s son, abruptly left for Syria one day to make the Jihad. He was 19. Three months later, Saliha, her husband and her children just as abruptly learnt of his death. Sabri left behind an empty room and devastated relatives. Saliha, in the face of this difficult mourning, decides to take action and mingles with other parents, other mothers whose children left for Syria. Some of them are dead, some others still alive and somehow manage to stay in contact with their families. Together they try to understand where this sudden radicalization comes from and how their children could be enlisted by the jihadist networks so rapidly. Today, the death of a youth who dies in Syria, as is the case for Sabri, is not legally recorded, the child is presumed absent, presumed dead. How can you mourn in such conditions? From the Belgian Parliament to the youths whom she meets in schools, Saliha endeavours to make things happen by witnessing the phenomenon of radicalization, the action of the recruiters and the fragilities on which it is founded. Jasna Krajinovic filmed this story within the intimacy of the families as well as their public action. With plenty of sensibility, she offers us her viewpoint and gives us the key to grasp the extent of this phenomenon which is crushing us nowadays. In Saliha’s home, we follow this family that is rebuilding itself in the mourning of a vanished son. In the public sphere, we perceive what is afflicting these families and the potential answers. It’s this double movement which contributes to the force of the film.
1999 : Film Direction Degree at Institut Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle (Insas) in Brussels.
1992-1994: Studies at Film and Theatre Academy in Ljubljana (Slovenia)
1993: Master's degree in Literature and French and English languages at Faculty of Letters in Ljubljana (Slovenia)
1986: Secondary School diploma in Languages and Social Studies in Celje, Slovenia.
From July to December 2015, Bernard-Henri Lévy and a team of cameramen travelled the 1000 kilometres of the frontline that separates Iraqi Kurdistan from Daesh's troupes. From this journey, comes a logbook in images that offers a privileged view of a war that is unfinished but whose stakes are of global importance. In close quarters with the Peshmergas, these Kurdish fighters who show unfailing determination in their fight against obscurantism and Jihadi fundamentalism, the film takes us from the heights of Mosul to the heart of the Sinjar Mountains passing on the way via the last Christian monasteries threatened with destruction. Many remarkable characters make their mark on this account, men and women of an ilk one rarely encounters.
Is a French philosopher and one of the most esteemed and bestselling writers in Europe. He is the author of over 30 books, including works of philosophy, fiction, and biography. American Vertigo: traveling America in the footsteps of Tocqueville was a New York Times bestseller (2006). Subsequent books in English are left in dark times: a stand against the new barbarism (2008) and, with Michel Houellebecq, public enemies: dueling writers take on each other and the world (2011). His play, "Hotel Europe," which premiers in Sarajevo on June 27, 2014, and in Paris on September 9, is a cry of alarm about the crisis facing the European project and the dream behind it. Lévy gained renown for his documentary film about the Bosnian conflict, Bosna! (1994). After starting his career as a war reporter for combat - the legendary newspaper founded by Albert Camus during the nazi occupation of France - for which he covered the war between Pakistan and India over Bangladesh, Lévy was instrumental in the founding of the New Philosophers Group. His 1977 book Barbarism with a Human Face launched an unprecedented controversy over the European left's complicity with totalitarianism.
In the turmoil of the political chaos in Egypt, a young director comes back home to Cairo for the first time since the beginning of the revolution.
Was born in Cairo in 1991, of Swiss and Egyptian nationalities. In 2009, he finishes his studies in an American high school in Cairo and then follows a brief filmmaking formation in the United States. He then enters the Film Department of the Ecal School (Renens, Switzerland) in 2010. In July 2014, he obtains his bachelor with highest honors. “Discipline”, his student short film, was selected in a lot of festivals and won many awards.
The Second Night is the final part of a trilogy that began with a letter from a filmmaker to his daughter, which was followed by dreaming films. The making of this “Cabin Trilogy” is the fruit of fifteen years of work and reflection.
Born in Antwerp in 1953, is a graduate in Scenography from the National Institute of Performing Arts, Insas, in Brussels and holds a doctorate in cinematography from the Sorbonne under the tuition of Jean Rouch. He is a teacher, writer and a filmmaker.
Two brothers, an exuberant father and an invisible mother. A family of farmers from an alpine valley where life is rude, as well as manners.
Was born in 1989 in Trento (Italy). In 2012 she graduated in Art, Music and Drama, at the University of Padua and wrote her degree thesis on Federico Fellini, entitled “Il Dolce Mezzo”. In particular, it is based on the films “La Dolce Vita” and “81/2”. It was published by the Foundation Federico Fellini located in Rimini. She is currently doing a master’s degree in Drama, Film and New Media at the University of Padua where, from 2011 to 2013, she worked as a camera operator for some local companies and the private network TV200. In the same period she produced two short institutional videos in collaboration with the municipality of Padua and worked as a cinematographer on a documentary about John Strasberg and his training method for actors. Since 2013 she has been working on “Hard Rock Mountain”, a project for a documentary about young mountain rock bands in northern Italy. In January 2014 she enrolled at Zelig, a Documentary, Television and New Media School in Bolzano, where she was expecting to graduate in 2016. Over this period of time she also did an internship in the directing department of the film “Mountain” by Amir Naderi.
Forty years after the Khmer Rouge regime: Kim Hak, a young Cambodian photographer looks for a new imaginary of his country. Nhem Ein, a photographer enrolled in the regime, took more than 14.000 mugshots of victims. Which image represents our country?
Is an independent photographer and filmmaker, based between Palermo and Phnom Pehn. A graduate in "Archeaological Heritage", he began taking photographs in the world of underwater archaeology, dealing with underwater photogrammetry and museum documentation. In 2009 he dedicated himself to editorial photography in collaboration with the photojournalistic agency AGF focusing on politics and economic issues. For two years he has lived in Phonm Pehn to continue his photograph research. Interested on the relationship between man’s identity and the influence of mass culture, he started to study film directing.
Since Kyrgyzstan gained its independence in 1991, there has been a revival of the ancient practice of Ala-Kachuu, which translates roughly as “grab and run”. More than half of Kyrgyz women are married after being kidnapped by the men who become their husbands. Some escaped after violent ordeals, but most are persuaded to stay by tradition and fear of scandal. Although the practice is said to have its roots in nomadic customs, the tradition remains at odds with modern Kyrgyzstan. Ala-Kachuu was outlawed during the soviet era and remains illegal under the Kyrgyz criminal code, but the law has rarely been enforced to protect women from this violent practice.
(Barcelona, 1978) Is an independent documentary filmmaker and video journalist, currently based in Berlin. Roser began her career as a video-journalist for the Catalan tv3 channel, but her interest on human stories behind global issues moved her to start self-producing and developing a personal vision within the documentary field. Her work has been shown worldwide, winning numerous awards such as the Poyi – Picture of the Year International - in USA, and Canal+ France award at Women’s Film Festival of Créteil. She currently combines her personal work with collaborations as a video journalist for various international media. Her fascination for documentary genre, which testifies to the medium’s inherent tensions and paradoxes, has led her around the world in search of stories to tell. Not only to witness but to challenge and raise critical questions about contemporary societies.
A Syrian activist group is threatened in south-eastern Turkey for their anti-Isis comedy videos and relocates to Istanbul to set up a TV show. However, once there even more barriers arise. Daya al-Aaesh is an anti-Isis satirical web series created by a group of Syrian videoactivists. They produce the episodes from their base in Gaziantep, Turkey. After receiving threats from IS supporters they leave to Istanbul with the aim to broadcast an improved topical-comedy show for Syrian TV. But obstacles keep arising in an already unstable situation, pressuring the group’s work and friendships. They are forced to make decisions about the future of their activism and the possibility of stable life in Istanbul, or elsewhere. This film is a refreshing take on the refugee crisis, the encroachment of IS and the fateful choices left to Syria’s youth.
Was born in Germany in 1982. While completing her first studies in education with the focus on intercultural communication in 2008, she worked in the social area with deprived youngsters, women and refugees. She got into documentary filmmaking through an educational media project. In 2010 she began studying documentary cinema. “The Art of Moving” is her graduation documentary project for a German Film School.
During Franco’s dictatorship and until the late 1990s, babies were taken away from their unknowing parents after their birth, to be sold. Doctors, nuns, priests, social carers and nurses were involved. Many thousands of spaniards have found themselves in this scenario in recent years. They are called “ninos robados” – “stolen children”.
Was born near Frankfurt/main in Germany. After various visits to foreign countries, Inga started drama school in Cologne, but moved on to join the filmacademy in Baden-Wuerttemberg to become a director in 2004. For her film “Goodbye Kutti” Inga got nominated for the German Human Rights Film Award in 2010. When she returned from a year abroad at the International Film Academy EICTV in Cuba, Inga started shooting the award-winning film “Perfect Girls” funded by MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg. Inga is one of four founders of the film production company Soilfilms. Together with her partners she produces and directs documentaries, commercials and fiction films.
In 1992, the construction of the Lindoso dam (Portugal) forever flooded the villages of Aceredo and Buscalque (Ourense, Galicia). Its inhabitants could do nothing to save their land and their homes. Knowing that everything was about to be lost, several neighbors took their personal cameras and started to record. Their footage, recorded since the mid-60s, compose valuable historical and ethnographic evidence, colored by their subjectivity and their experiences. The footage is, at the same time, a demonstration of faith in the possibilities how home movies can register the time in which we have to live. Beyond the intimacy, it is revealed a portrait of the mechanisms how power is acting. The tension between the existential and the political, between past times and present reality, determine a story that projects in multiple ways beyond itself.
(1975) Holds a degree in journalism from the University of Santiago de Compostela. In 1998 begins to work in TV Galicia, covering information for the various news programs of the chain. Since 2006, specializes in conducting in-depth report on various aspects of current political and social Galician, Spanish and International, first in the program Rec House and later in Reporters. "The Drowned Days” represent his first foray into the documentary genre.
Graduted in direction and film editing at the CECC Center of Cinematographic Studies of Catalonia. Director of TV shows such as "Criaturas" and "Casado” Tvg, both leaders in their respective audience slices. Director of the short film "A Subela" (2003), chosen by the Galician Government to disseminate Galician audiovisual abroad and presented in more than a hundred festivals. Director of the film "Retorna" (Vaca Films, 2010), presented at festivals in Montreal, Valladoilid, São Paulo and Leon and winner of two awards of the Galician audiovisual (Mestre Mateo). Nominated as best director at the Galician audiovisual awards and shortlisted for the Goya award for Best New Director. Director, cameraman and editor of documentaries, music videos and various institutional and industrial jobs.
In what language will we tell the stories told to us? In what language do you write a declaration of love? Historic center of Lisbon, Bairro das Colónias, third floor. Fatumata and Aissato, the mother and first born of a large family from Guinea-Bissau, discuss love and happiness. By seven o'clock in the afternoon, from the third to my fifth floor, there was a regular sound across the building, always the same, like the beating of the heart. The sound rises up stairs and landings, through the walls, doors and corridors, it inhabits the houses, the kitchens and the interior balconies.
Was born in Bari (Italy) and has been working in Lisbon since 1991. After studying French and Portuguese Languages and Literature, she was initially an independent film programmer in Italy and Portugal, collaborating mainly with Cinemateca Portuguesa in the 1990s. In 1998 she made her first film documentary. Since then, while diversifying forms and strategies of creation, she’s made several documentaries and developed a body of work that often migrates from the cinematographic room to the exhibition space. She has worked intensely on the reconfiguration of the film object and its mise-en-espace, in a renewed dialectic between cinema and the arts. In 2004, she created a series of film portraits, gathered in the project "The Time of a Portrait", and presented her installations and films in Portugal, France, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Italy, Uruguay, Mexico, United States and Canada. Her last documentary, "In Medias Res", a dialogue with the thoughts and works of the architect Manuel Tainha, received an honorable mention of the Temps d'Images Film on Art Award 2014 and the national award for best film at the Architectures Film Festival of Lisbon. The debut of the film Third Floor happened at Doclisboa'16, in an official selection within the Portuguese competition.
Penumbria, the dystopian, was founded two hundred years ago at an extreme of difficult access. Of arid soils, rough seas and violent climate, its name was due to the almost permanent shadow caused by a mountain to the south. Until one day, its inhabitants decided to surrender it to time. This is the story of an uninhabitable place.
(1977) Holds a master's degree in Artistic, Museological and Curatorial Studies from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto, with the thesis Claro Obscuro - around the representations of the museum in cinema. He is a member of the Art and Intermedia Nucleus of i2ads at FBAUP. He was the Coordinator of Reimagining Guimarães, a photographic archive project during Guimarães 2012. Author of the photography series "Terras Últimas" (CCVF, 2010), "Uma Variação Veneziana" (Pianola, 2014), text for "As Orcadianas" (Grisu, 2014), and the videos Antropia (2009), Linha (2012), Terras Interiores (2013, with Joana Gama, from the music of Carlos Marecos), Volta e as Simultâneas (with Rita Faustino, 2013 and 2015). He wrote the screenplay for the films O Facínora (Paulo Abreu, 2012) and A Glória de Fazer Cinema em Portugal (Manuel Mozos, 2015).
This story reveals the irrevocable gregarious condition of the human being, showing through an artistic testimony, a fraternal feeling that doesn’t understand geographical, social or borders contexts.
He moved to Barcelona after high school to study film directing at ECIF (2010). He specialized in cinematography and graduated in 2013. During those years he worked with different companies traveling and shooting skateboard videos while he also collaborated on his school’s short films. In 2014 he decides to return to the Canaries and spends nearly two months traveling around the islands and documenting the whole experience. Almost a year later, this will become his first film, Maresía, with theIndependent Collective Project Islas Canarias. In 2016 he starts a trip through Senegal and Gambia where he makes his first documentary short film: El Viaje del Libro.
Rui, just released from prison, lives with his aged mother Maria, who struggles to remember him.
Was born in Joane, Portugal in 1989. He completed the European Film College in Denmark and has a degree in Sound and Image at Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Porto. In 2011 he premiered his documentary short "Tio Rui" at Doclisboa, followed by a number of screenings at other festivals. He has featured in various productions from music videos to commercials and worked as an assistant to Andrew Sugerman at Pantheon Entertainment, Hollywood. Mário also works as a photographer, having had his work exhibited in diferente showcases and festivals around the world. He currently divides his time between Denmark, Croatia and Portugal.
The Life of Martita (65), who has worked for a family since she was very young, is discovered in this documentary fiction. Her life, her stories, her achievements, her jobs, her loves, her dreams are narrated through her own vision.
Is a film director, graduated from the University of Cinema of of Buenos Aires. She was born in the city of Rosario (Santa Fé - Argentina) in 1990. Throughout his studies, she directed short films in diverse formats fulfilling different roles. As director of art in the short films "Gracias" (2012) by Dafne Dervissoglou and "Teatro" (2013) by Juana Varela, the latter being selected by the original narrative Festival in Dubai. In her short film "Martita" (2015), currently in the distribution stage, she worked as director, scriptwriter and editor.
It is the little girl's Communion Day.
I work freelance in an active search for new projects. My professional field focuses mainly on audiovisual distribution, production and cultural management.
Down the lower-ground floor, as the seasons go by, an Albanian worker and an upper-class young man renovate a flat. High on the rooftop, as nightfalls go by, the young man and his friends reflect on their existence.
Was born in 1985 in Athens. Both Greek and French, he attended the École des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, Famu in Prague, and le Fresnoy in Lille. His short films screened in several international film festivals, while his last short Manodopera premiered at the Locarno Film Festival 2016 in the International Competition Pardi di Domani. Based on his short film Manodopera, he's currently preparing his first feature film No Gods, No Masters (Torino Film Lab, Karlovy Vary's works in progress, Rome's new cinema network), a twisted, class-related melodrama of endless demolition and renovation work in an Athens flat.
Julia Vuorinen is a 16-year-old whose smartphone is an important part of her daily routine, from waking up in the morning till going to bed at night. This documentary follows Julia’s day online and off.
Is a 26-year-old film student based in Helsinki, Finland. Blessings is her debut documentary film, which includes her curiosity towards diferente phenomena and the world surrounding her. In addition to films, Lisa has also experience in marketing and communications.
One day, Frederico learns in school that people have a head, torso and limbs, and that if the heart stops people die. That night he did not sleep. He woke his mother several times in the middle of the night and told her that his chest ached.
Was born in Portugal where he graduated in Law. His first film “Jumate/Jumate” was selected in several international film festivals and was awarded Best Film in the DocumentaMadrid08 / Spain, Golden Boll Film Festival / Turkey, and Reykjavik IFF. In 2009, Diogo participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus and directed his second documentary film “In January, Perhaps” which was also selected in many festivals and won the Jury Prize at the DocumentaMadrid09 and a Special Mention of the Jury in the Salinadocfest 09 / Italy. “The White Roses”, Diogo’s prethesis film, had its world premiere at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival in the Official Shorts Competition and was awarded in the Festival Européen du Film Court de Brest. Currently Diogo finished as a Fulbright scholar his master of Fine Arts at the New York University / Tisch School of the Arts and was funded to develop his first feature script, “Migrar pelas Sombras”.
Imagine an island. Within this island there is another island. And within this other island there is a city: a city with two different names. Inside this city with two names, flows a river. This is its autobiography.
Is the story of a river able to reveal a sense of life imprisoned by history? Despite the end of the conflict, in Northern Ireland there is still a city with two different names: Derry, for Catholics, Londonderry for Protestants. In the middle of the city, flows the river Foyle, which separates them as their liquid border: from 1969, when the most recent Northern Irish conflict started, most of the Protestants residents moved out of the area in fear of intimidation and sectarian violence. A dreamlike and surreal reverie on the concept of separation, border, (geographical and mental), narrated from the point of view of the river, who becomes the narrator and the protagonist, where dreams and reality are interlaces in a sort of magical autobiography of the river itself. Through dreamlike sequences and archive material made by ordinary Irish people in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s in Derry and – through the voice of the river, tides questions our perception of past and recent events: what could it tell us? What does it know about us? Visually moving between past and present times, the river foyle invites us to reflect on issues that are going beyond its own edges - what is a border? Are the dreams of those who lived before the conflict different from those dreamed today? And above all, what happened to our dreams?
Multi award winning Italian film director and poet. Born in Turin, he defines himself as a film director by mistake. He spent much of the late 1990s traveling Europe writing and in 2001 he moved to Ireland. His work deals with social exclusion and resistance and combines documentaries, fiction and poetry. Before becoming a film director he worked as a school janitor, a salesman for an unknown circus, an illegal museum guide and deliveryman of yellow pages. His previous film Paradiso, commissioned by the BBC, has won 18 international awards in festivals around the world and has been selected in more than 50 film festivals. His new film ‘Tides’ has received 6 international awards since its release last june.