domenica 11 marzo 2012


Since March 2011, after the outbreak of the Libyan War, many African migrants and refugees escaped from the country. While a part of this flow has found shelter in refugee camps at the border with Tunisia, others managed to reach Italian coasts by boat. Many of them had been previously pushed back by Italy as a result of an agreement signed by Berlusconi and Gaddafi in 2008. Since the signature of this deal, all migrants intercepted at sea by the Italian navy were forcibly returned to Libya, where they were exposed to any kind of abuses by local police.
Our documentary aims to tell what actually happened to African refugees on the Italian ships during these “push back operations” and in Libyan prisons after their deportation. We met our witnesses in Shousha refugee camp, at the border between Libya and Tunisia, and in two reception camps for asylum seekers (C.A.R.A.) in southern Italy. Their interviews constitute the main part of the documentary, along with a session of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, where one of our witnesses sued Italy. The Court has recently condemned Italy for violation of the European Convention on Human Rights.


- 22° Edition Festival Cinema Africano, Asia e America Latina - ACCRA and "Il razzismo è una brutta storia" Awards
- Bif&st 2012 | Bari International Film Festival - De Seta Award
- 69th Venice Film Festival - Special Screening - Maiori Film Festival - Rossellini Award
- Libero Bizzarri Award - Best documentary
- "Globo d'Oro", International Press Association Award for Best Documentary
- Bellaria Film Festival - Morando Morandini Award
- Ischia Film Fest - Special Mention
- Bolzano Film Festival 2012 - FiCE and Stiftung Südtiroler Sparkasse Awards
- Maratea Film Festival - Agamar Award
- Molise Cinema 2012 - Premio Giuseppe Folchi
- Lo Sguardo di Omero - Best Documentary


Language: Amharic, Tigrinya, Somali (English subtitles)
Director: Stefano Liberti, Andrea Segre
Production: ZaLab
DoP: Matteo Calore, Simone Falso, Andrea Segre
Editing: Sara Zavarise
With: Ermias Berhane, Omer Ibrahim, Roman Amore, Jemal Mohammed Omer, Bekit Saleh Okud, Shishay Tesfay, Tedros Ojbay, Gedey Bahlbi, Nathael Tedros, Yoel Tedros, Abdirahman,  Abdikadir, Foowis, Abu Kurke, Semere Kahsay, Tsige Kahsay, Nahere Kahsay
Sound: Riccardo Spagnol
Distribution: ZaLab
Original Music: Piccola Bottega Baltazar
Graphics: Marco Lovisatti and Sara Zavarise
Distribution: ZaLab
Supported by: Open Society Foundations
In collaboration with: JoleFilm and Parthenos
With the patronage of: The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
Amnesty International - Italian Section


Giulia Moretti and Mario Cirillo
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