Doc RTS Deux | Un paese di Calabria

Utopia of a haven for refugees: UN PAESE DI CALABRIA, Prize Buyens-Chagoll VdR2016. On television on Sunday 24 September, RTS Deux.

The Doc Visions du Réel on RTS Deux offers to (re)discover films unveiled during previous editions of the Festival. This month, watch UN PAESE DI CALABRIA, screened as a world premiere and winner of the Prize Buyens-Chagoll at Visions du Réel 2016.


Shu Aiello, Catherine Catella
90' | France, Switzerland, Italy | 2016

Sunday 24 September 2017 at 22:05 on RTS Deux (schedule is subject to change)

Riace is a small village in Calabria. Once there were warriors roaming the land. Today it is a safe haven for refugees. A small community and its idea of utopia in the heart of a growing segregationist Europa. The mayor decided long ago to give the empty flats and houses to the people in dire need of a roof over their head regardless of their origins or skin colour. Thus, the community of Riace became one of the very first to receive refugees adequately and shelter them as human beings and not just as statistical numbers of a global catastrophe. Election time looms again though in Riace. The opposition wants to get rid of the leftist mayor. Now it is up to the population to stand up for the results achieved by the community. While carefully observing how people of different backgrounds work together to create new surroundings and values, the filmmakers provide an irrefutable answer to those politicians who preach hatred, racism and segregation. As in a neorealist tale by Vittorio De Sica, the village and the people of Riace become the beacon of hope for a better future.