UN PAESE DI CALABRIA
by Shu Aiello, Catherine Catella
France, Switzerland, Italy, 2016, 90'
Word premiere at Visions du Réel 2016 in the Helvétiques section
Film of humanist dimension focusing on stories developing values that confer meaning to the future of mankind
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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 statis- tical 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.
Special screenings in the presence of the filmmaker Shu Aiello
21 September 2016 19:00 Geneva – Cinémas du Grütli
22 September 2016 18:00 Neuchâtel – Cinéma Apollo
23 September 2016 18:30 Morges – Cinéma Odéon
24 September 2016 18:15 La Chaux-de-Fonds – Cinéma ABC
25 September 2016 11:00 Ste-Croix – Cinéma Royal
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Deadline to play: 23.09.2016 16:00