Winners 15. edition Sole Luna Doc Film Festival

INTERNATIONAL JURY'S AWARDS

Best film

La nostra strada, Pierfrancesco Li Donni

"La nostra strada" is a central, yet forgotten corner of Palermo, in a neighbourhood that condenses the problems of a whole city. At the same time, however, "La nostra strada" is also everyone's way and the glimpse of life that the film tells - through the experiences of a group of teenagers - actually belongs to many other corners of the world, more or less close to us.
The prize for the Best Documentary goes to Pierfrancesco Li Donni's "La nostra strada", for the strength of a story that is both individual and choral, for the simplicity and clarity of the language that the film experiences.


Special mention

Mrs. F., Chris van der Vorm

In the ever changing uncertainty of our present neo-global community the desire to honor exceptional people remains unchanged.  Mrs. F. through the antic art of theater and dance transforms willing participants into strong and courageous figures that  become capable of speaking up and fighting oppression inside their community.  With style, Chris van der Vorm, designs a film that is as strong as its leading character and as moving as the fragility of the young protagonists discovering their strength and beauty.


Best short doc

Aagaswadi, Ramesh Laxmanrao Holbole

Documentary Cinema and cunning cinematography used as a tool for awareness can be a remedy :  Identifying the problem, proposing solutions.

With visual grace, Aagwasadi documents aspects of our industrial economy driven present revealing them as a universal problem - and for those who are listening  the opportunity to explore solutions.


Best direction

Village of women, Tamara Stepanyan

In Armenia there is a village inhabited, for most of the year, by women only. Men live and work in Russia. The village waits for them like the relentless alternation of the seasons is awaited. Another woman joins those women: the director of the film, who follows the life of the village with its everyday and recurring gestures, for over a year.

The award for best direction goes to "The village of women" by Tamara Stephanyan for the complex game of looks (both inside and outside the story) that the film manages to build, returning it to its audience, as well as for the original contribution that this look provides for a new idea of documentary.


Best picture

Anbessa, Mo Scarpelli

A bright story - not surprisingly photographed by the director herself - which tells with imagination and intelligence a different way of looking at everyday life even in difficult situations, capable of finding a magic key to read the real in the innovation, in the environment and in the energy of a child. The mention for the best photography goes to Anbessa by Mo Scarpelli.


Best editing

Out Loud, Tamara Mamon

The story of Omar, Muhammad and Yazan and their singing teacher Ella, Arab children in an Israeli public school.
Uriya Hertz's editing contributes decisively, with a free and edgy approach and memorable moments to the training narrative in such a contradictory context.


Soundrivemotion Award | Best sound design

Campo, Tiago Hespanha

Campo is an ambitious project, where image, sound and music walk together intertwined, and they lead us between mythological and war situations, distant worlds and transcendence. Music connects all these worlds and becomes a co-star.


Best feature film | Student's jury

Mrs F., Chris van der Vorm

The members of the Special Jury, made up of students from the Scientific High School “Albert Einstein” and from the Teaching High School “Camillo Finocchiaro Aprile” of Palermo, award Mrs. F, by Chris van der Vorm (Holland, 2020) As the best feature documentary of the Sole Luna Doc Film Festival XV edition with the following motivations:
• For the clear and powerful proof of the complex and dramatic phenomenon of violence against women today.
• For the director's extraordinary ability to tell the story of the protagonists, their subjectivity, the social and political context.
• For the superlative screenplay and the incisive and linear editing capable of arousing a strong empathy in the audience, forcing them to wonder about their role as citizens of the world.
• For the power of the message on the risks, fears, hopes and human pain associated with the discriminatory phenomenon.
• For its sound and its photography which are able to arouse deep emotions.


Special mention | Student's jury

La nostra strada, Piero Li Donni

The members of the Special Jury, made up of students from the Scientific High School “Albert Einstein” and from the Teaching High School “Camillo Finocchiaro Aprile” of Palermo, award Mrs. F, by Chris van der Vorm (Holland, 2020)
As the best feature documentary of the Sole Luna Doc Film Festival XV edition
with the following motivations:
• For the clear and powerful proof of the complex and dramatic phenomenon of violence against women today.
• For the director's extraordinary ability to tell the story of the protagonists, their subjectivity, the social and political context.
• For the superlative screenplay and the incisive and linear editing capable of arousing a strong empathy in the audience, forcing them to wonder about their role as citizens of the world.
• For the power of the message on the risks, fears, hopes and human pain associated with the discriminatory phenomenon.
• For its sound and its photography which are able to arouse deep emotions.


Best short doc | "New Italians" Jury

Harmony for after war, Pablo Tosco, Migue Roth

The film “Harmony for after war” has been chosen as best short documentary of the “New Italians” Jury, based on its emotional messages and story that touched all of us. The film gave us a message of hope when seeing that despite the land that is destroyed, a war that has destroyed people’s life, and those two brothers that live in very difficult  conditions, the protagonists continued their love for music which has guided them and gave them the strength to go on. Their passion always remained. It reminds us to never give up, and that even when life seems difficult, we should face our difficulties, as they do in the film.
Furthermore, it is not only a film which shows hope, strength and passion, but it is also an inspirational message that encourages to help others when you have the possibility to do so.


"Sole Luna, un ponte tra le culture" award

Makun (no llores): Dibujos en un C.I.E., Emilio Martí


Tënk award

La buca, Dario Fedele

La patente, Giovanni Gaetano Lisei

Sparring partners, Danny Bianciardi

Audience award

Marceline. A woman. A century, Cordelia Dvorák

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Film in competition, streaming online, how to watch the films

All the competing films of the 15th edition of the Sole Luna Doc Film Festival will be visible online on our site, in free streaming, only from Italy and for a maximum of 500 spectators, according to the program of live screenings.

To see the films just go to the page of the film you are interested in (by accessing from here) and click on "Watch the film / Watch the film".

The film will be available only for the evening, starting from the scheduled time.

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30.04-18.06.2020 – 15DOC Sole Luna Doc Film Festival winners collection

15DOC Sole Luna Doc Film Festival winners collection

Online showcase of the Sole Luna Doc Film Festival winner films

This year Sole Luna Doc Film Festival will celebrate fifteen years of activity, an important goal which deserves to be worthily celebrated, to thank the audience who has been following us and has been growing year after year, more and more watchful and demanding. We were going to schedule several events that would accompany us to the 15th edition inauguration, from the 6th to the 12th July, 2020, at Santa Maria dello Spasimo. Things went differently, but we wanted to stay with you the way this suspended time that we are all experiencing allowed us to do. Bring the Doc home, a project for which the directors and the producers involved generously gave their approval, has made, on our website, a selection of documentaries from our archives available for free, and thousands of people have really appreciated our proposal.

The showcase we are proposing today, 15 DOC, is about the prizewinning movies of the 14 Festival editions, from 2006 to 2009, which were awarded by our international juries, different for each edition. It is a privileged opportunity to reread our recent history, with its own contradictions but also its poetry and policies, so as to seek to understand what it has been done and what is left to do. It is our homage to our audience, whom we hope to embrace soon again; it is our contribution and our thanks to the sense of responsibility showed by everyone in these days that we would never have imagined we would experience, which makes us hope – reasonably – that “after” will never be the same again. This is the testimony of our commitment for the creation of a more fair and human society.

The showcase will be held online from the 30th April to the 18th June; the documentaries will be streamed on demand for free from the festival’s website every Tuesday and Thursday, according to the following calendar. Enjoy!

Go to the films

30.04.2020
2006 Edition | 26 October – 1 November, Loggiato di San Bartolomeo, Santa Maria dello Spasimo
Since you left, Mohamed Bakri, Palestine – Israel, 2005, 58’

05.05.2020
2007 Edition | 22-29 July, Santa Maria dello Spasimo
Behind that snowy hill, Ramtin Lavafipour, Iran, 2007, 25’

07.05.2020
2008 Edition | 20-25 July, Santa Maria dello Spasimo
Isti’mariyah – Controvento tra Napoli e Baghdad, Michelangelo Severgnini, Italy, 2006, 75’

12.05.2020
2009 Edition | 6-12 July, GAM – Complesso monumentale Sant’Anna
A summer not to forget, Carol Mansour, Lebanon, 2007, 27’

14.05.2020
2010 Edition | 18-25 luglio, GAM – Complesso monumentale Sant’Anna
Paths of memory, Jose Luis Peñafuerte, Belgium, Spain, 2009, 91’

19.05.2020
2011 Edition | 4-10 July, Complesso monumentale Steri
Left by the ship, Emma Rossi Landi, Alberto Vendemmiati, Italy, 2010, 80’

21.05.2020
2012 Edition | 6-13 July, Complesso monumentale Steri
Letters from the desert, Michela Occhipinti, Italy, 2010, 88’

26.05.2020
2013 Edition | 16-22 September, GAM – Complesso monumentale Sant’Anna
La última estación, Catalina Vergara, Cristian Soto, Chile 2012, 90’

 28.05.2020
2014 Edition | 22-26 June, Cantieri culturali alla Zisa
Kosma, Sonja Blagojevi, Serbia 2013, 75’

04.06.2020
2015 Edition | 6-12 July, GAM – Complesso monumentale Sant’Anna
Those who said no, Nima Sarvestani, Sweden, Iran, 2015, 89’

09.06.2020
2016 Edition | 20-26 June, Cantieri culturali alla Zisa
A Walnut Tree, Ammar Aziz, Pakistan 2015, 81’

11.06.2020
2017 Edition | 3-9 July, Santa Maria dello Spasimo
Prisons Sisters, Nima Sarvestani, Iran 2016, 90’

16.06.2020
2018 Edition | 2-8 July, Santa Maria dello Spasimo
Strike a Rock, Aliki Saragas, South Africa, 2017, 84’

18.06.2020
2019 Edition | 7-13 July, Santa Maria dello Spasimo
Island of hungry ghosts, Gabrielle Brady, 2018, 94’

 

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Call for entry Sole Luna Doc Film Festival 2020

The 15th edition of Sole Luna Doc Film Festival is now open for submission. The international documentary film festival will be held in Palermo in July 2020, in the suggestive setting of the monumental complex of Santa Maria dello Spasimo. The documentaries will be selected among the films from all over the world that will be submitted filling in the entry form online from December 1st 2019.Submission is free of charge and will close on March 15th 2020.HOW TO ENTER YOUR FILMBy visiting our site you can find the rules, the entry form and all the informations you need to participate in our festival. Read the rules carefully and enter your film!Click here for further informations and to fill in the entry form.
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The winners of Sole Luna Doc FIlm Festival 2019

BEST DOCUMENTARY Island of the hungry ghosts by Gabrielle BradyAward for Best Documentary at ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GOSTS by Gabrielle Brady for the high artistic level of all the cinematographic elements in this film that highlights, through the crisis of a social worker, the hypocrisy of a society that ecologically protects with great commitment the seasonal migration of millions of crabs and at the same time segregates desperate human beings without residence permits.TRAILER
BEST SHORT DOCBorn in Gambia by Natxo Leuza FernandezSimple, deep telling a lot about the place and the people, very well done cinematically artistically by using the human honest voices and sounds mixed with a sincitive photos and music. Well done!TRAILER BORN IN GAMBIA - Official Trailer from Galapan Productions on Vimeo.
SOUNDRIVEMOTION AWARD - BEST SOUNDTRACKDark waters by Stéphanie RegnierThe voices of nature talk with the images, restoring an idea of cinema capable of crossing the threshold of the visible and exploring in this way the mystery of the world. TEASER
 BEST EDITINGStronger than a bullet by Maryam EbrahimiFor the ability to mix, in an organic, powerful and functional way, different types of materials, making the spectator travel through the time and life of the protagonist.TRAILER
BEST PHOTOGRAPHYBeloved by Yasser TalebiBeloved is a beautiful example of how the imagery and visual treatment becomes a character in the journey of the story itself. The jury found the relationship between the character and the camera to be particularly moving that spoke to the narrative of both isolation, strength and beauty. Congratulations to the team!TRAILER
BEST DIRECTIONCongo Lucha by Marlène RabaudWe decided to give the director Marlene Rabuad because she gave s stage to a very important movement of people who seek for their freedom and dignity, people who endangered their lives and paid a very high price their own lives and future she decided to be in the front of their non violent struggle and faught against the dictator kabila and the injustice. We found the film honest and brave and telling the spirite of a great desire to freedom and justice.TRAILER
SPECIAL MENTION TO THE BEST SHORT DOCLight, shade, life di Shahriar PourseyedianThe jury unanimously awarded a Special Mention to LIGHT, SHADE, LIFE by Shahriar Pourseyedian for the intensity, modesty and sincerity with which the director, using a direct but also original and poetic language, tells a “private” story, involving in a universal way the conscience and the indifference of the spectator towards his “neighbor”.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AWARD HUMAN RIGHTS SECTIONStronger than a bullet by Maryam EbrahimiFor showing that it is possible to deal with the uncomfortable past of an individual and an entire society by using a critical, lucid, never self-indulgent look, revealing the atrocious nightmare of war and its heavy legacy on present lives. The documentary also denounces the ambiguous and perverse rhetoric of regime propaganda and the persuasive force that the images have played in building the conditions of inhumanity necessary to fight a war. The viewers were skillfully accompanied on a courageous and stubborn journey, almost at the “end of the night”, into the deep corners of individual and collective memory in search of truth and a moral redemption of the protagonist. Finally, another value of the work lies in having shown once again, how all of us are manipulable, excitable, ready to transform ourselves into blind and fanatical executioners in the service of the regime that leads us into victims of its propaganda, and that few are able to go back through the history of their own reason.TRAILER
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AWARD THE JOURNEY SECTIONBeloved by Yasser TalebiThrough superb photography, the work manages to capture the different landscapes and different shades of light that enhance the beauty of our planet and captures the deep humanity that emerges from the face of the protagonist. Exemplary is the skill with which the director outlines the wisdom of the character, through which you can grasp the intimate essence of the meaning of human life, made up of the fight against misfortunes and the constant ability to accept events and, with determination, continue their existence. It also moves the director’s ability to illustrate the empathic bond that can unite humanity and nature, as well as the sensitivity in knowing how to tell, with poetry and intense humanity, the life choices of the character, even in the discomfort of a condition of suffering loneliness. The film, in short, surprisingly, forces us Westerners, immersed in a world that we believe to be the best, to ask ourselves about the meaning of our daily lives and what human life and happiness really are.TRAILER
"NEW ITALIANS" JURY AWARD SHORT DOC SECTIONBorn in Gambia by Natxo Leuza FernandezBorn in Gambia not only tells the story of Hassan, a 14-year-old boy who lives on the street in Gambia, his country, but it is also the story of a country whose population faces social discrimination on a daily basis and the story of a society where human rights are completely absent, especially those of unaccompanied children, who are the most exposed to the risk of the worst diseases and whose rights are constantly violated ever since childhood. This short film also tells another side of this society, namely the traditional uses based on tribal beliefs which affect personal freedoms, especially those of women and girls, such as infibulation or forced marriages, which are decided by relatives without consultation and often happen between spouses with an unacceptable age difference. Some stories are almost never told but they are true and recurring stories in some countries. Born in Gambia makes us reflect on social responsibility, on the violation of the human rights that these children suffer every day, and on the difficulties they have to face in order to survive and conquer their dignity.TRAILER BORN IN GAMBIA - Official Trailer from Galapan Productions on Vimeo.
SOLE LUNA - A BRIDGE BETWEEN CULTURES AWARDBorn in Gambia by Natxo Leuza FernandezFor the deep message that little Hassan conveys to us with his story: a story of suffering in a country where traditional beliefs influences his existence. Hassan represents the voice of a different possible future.TRAILER BORN IN GAMBIA - Official Trailer from Galapan Productions on Vimeo.
AUDIENCE PRIZEIsland of the hungry ghosts by Gabrielle BradyTRAILER
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04.07 Palermo, Conferenza stampa di presentazione del Sole Luna Festival

GIOVEDÌ 4 LUGLIO LA CONFERENZA STAMPA DI PRESENTAZIONE A PALERMOPALAZZO BRANCIFORTE | ORE 11.00Sarà presentata il 4 luglio a Palazzo Branciforte la 14. edizione di Sole Luna Doc Film Festival, la rassegna internazionale di film documentari organizzata a Palermo dall’associazione Sole Luna- un ponte tra le culture e in programma dal 7 al 13 luglio a Santa Maria dello Spasimo. L’edizione di quest’anno si aprirà con un omaggio al regista Bernardo Bertolucci e sarà ricca di novità e di nuove collaborazioni internazionali presentando una proposta di oltre 50 film documentari di cui 24 in concorso tra lungometraggi e cortometraggi e 20 anteprime.Tutte le novità saranno illustrate dai direttori artistici Chiara Andrich e Andrea Mura, dalla presidente Lucia Gotti Venturato e dal direttore scientifico Gabriella D’Agostino giovedì 4 luglio, ore 11.00, a Palazzo Branciforte.Interverranno: Raffaele Bonsignore, Presidente Fondazione Sicilia, Fabrizio Micari, Rettore dell’Università degli Studi di Palermo, Alessandro Rais, Direttore Sicilia Film Commission, Adham Darawsha, Assessore alle Culture e alla Partecipazione democratica del Comune di Palermo.Nel pomeriggio sempre a Palazzo Branciforte, alle 18.30, il Festival sarà anticipato da una rassegna dedicata al Premio Internazionale Carlo Scarpa per il Giardino in collaborazione con l’Università degli Studi di Palermo e la Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche, con la proiezione di quattro documentari dedicati ai luoghi premiati nel 2015, 2016, 2018 e 2019, per la regia di Davide Gambino.   
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04.07 Palermo, Pre festival and Premio Internazionale Carlo Scarpa per il Giardino

Sole Luna pre festival | Premio Internazionale Carlo Scarpa per il Giardinoincontro e proiezione / meeting and screening in collaborazione con / in cooperation with Università degli Studi di Palermo, Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche intervengono / with Marco Tamaro, direttore della Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche; Giuseppe Barbera, Università di Palermo, membro del Comitato scientifico della Fondazione; Davide Gambino, regista; Gabriele Gismondi, filmmakerThe International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens is one of the main research activities of the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche in the field of landscape. It is a campaign of studies and care for a site which is particularly rich in natural, historical and creative values. The main purpose is to enhance and propagate the culture of “stewardship of the landscape” and “care of places”. Each year the Scientific Committee selects a place to "reward", placing it at the centre of activities aimed at its knowledge, preservation and enhancement: a collective volume; an exhibition; a collection of publications, maps and images; a communication campaign; seminars and conferences; a public ceremony, with the delivery of a symbolic recognition to the person who represents the place. Since 2014, a documentary has also been produced, that tells the place through cinematographic narration. For the places designated in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019, the direction of the film has been entrusted to Davide Gambino.
Maredolce-La Favara, Palermo Documentary film produced by the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche dedicated to the place designated by the International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens2019.   Documentary film 16:9 HD / col. / stereo sound 2015, 34’ Directed by Davide GambinoDocumentary film produced by Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche as part of the 2015 International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens, coordinated by Patrizia Boschiero, head of the publications department of the Foundation, and Luigi Latini, chair of the Foundation’s Scientific Committee, with the collaboration of Giuseppe Barbera, University of Palermo, Foundation’s Scientific Committee.Screenplay, direction and editing: Davide Gambino Cinematographer: Bruno Bonafede Music: Pietro Palazzo Sound: Francesco De Marco Production coordinator: Patrizia Boschiero for Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche Scientific consultants: Giuseppe Barbera / Luigi Latini for Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche
Diary from a study trip to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan produced by the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche, dedicated to the study trip on the occasion of the International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens 2016 awarded to The Wild Apple Forests of the Tien Shan.  Trip Diary 16:9 HD / col. / stereo sound 2016, 34’ Directed by Davide Gambino. Camerawork and voice-over: Davide Gambino. Original music by Pino Petraccia e Stefano Taglietti.A journey through the geographical, historical and cultural area of the Silk Road running through the heart of Central Asia, among the forests of wild apple trees that populate the ridges of the Tien Shan mountain range on the border between Kazakhstan, China and Kyrgyzstan and the Uzbek valleys leading to Samarkand. Filmed in the regions of Almaty, Tashkent and Samarkand, in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, in the midst of apples, animals and remote places, this video-diary is divided into six chapters corresponding to the main stages of the study trip taken by the Foundation’s Scientific Committee through “Places and landscapes in the regions of Almaty and Tashkent”, between 30th August and 7th September 2015. In addition to these places, the story features members of the scientific committee of the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche who, coordinated by Patrizia Boschiero and Luigi Latini, are engaged in observing and analysing of the various contexts visited to identify the place to be designated for the study campaign of the International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens 2016. The study trip offered the opportunity to carry out scientific research in the field and participate in meetings and discoveries that may provide further occasions for new research and unpublished in-depth studies, contained in the monographic volume dedicated to the prize-winning place, The wild apple forests of the Tien Shan. The International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens 2016, XXVII edition, edited by Giuseppe Barbera, Patrizia Boschiero, Luigi Latini, with Catherine Peix, Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche-Antiga, Treviso 2016 (172 pages, 185 illustrations in colour and 79 black and white, ISBN 978-88-97784-95-1, English edition ISBN 978-88-99657-06-2).Documentary film produced by Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche as part of the 2016 International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens, coordinated by Patrizia Boschiero, head of the publications department of the Foundation, and Luigi Latini, chair of the Foundation’s Scientific Committee, with the collaboration of Giuseppe Barbera, University of Palermo, Foundation’s Scientific Committee.
Céide Fields Documentary filmproduced by the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche dedicated to the place designated by the International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens 2018. Directed by Davide Gambinoin collaboration with Gabriele Gismondi.   Documentary film 16:9 HD / col. / stereophonic sound 2018, 48’Céide Fields is a place evoking the origins of cultivated landscapes and a distant past long hidden from our gaze. The film uses a slow narrative allowing us to observe the apparent invisibility concealing the complex encounter between the overlapping realms of archaeology, agriculture and stock-rearing; of educational practices and of necessary tourist development; and of pressing environmental, climatic and energy concerns. On the fringes of Europe, on a site by the edge of towering cliffs in north-west Ireland, surrounded by bog land and sheep, we encounter the custodians of this landscape who are finding out more about Neolithic communities and promoting a continuous transgenerational exchange that brings together memory and rural life, past and future. Through their faces, stories and adventures, the Céide Fields emerge from the marshes and from the millenary layers of peat, and are revealed in all their marvellous complexity and beauty.Documentary film produced by Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche as part of the 2018 International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens, coordinated by Patrizia Boschiero, head of the publications department of the Foundation, and Luigi Latini, chair of the Foundation’s Scientific Committee. With Gretta Byrne (Office of Public Works-OPW), Seamas Caulfield, Martin Downes; and with Susan Callaghan, Declan Caulfield, Fionnan Caulfield, Una Forde, Martin Heffernan, Frank Shalvey (OPW). Documentary study and treatment: Davide Gambino. Photography, editing, color grading and sound design: Gabriele Gismondi. Camerawork: Gabriele Gismondi and Davide Gambino. Original music: Pino Petraccia (Crisalide and Metamorfosi); arrangements of traditional Irish folk songs: Marco Felicioni (Drowsy Maggie, Scarboro Fair and She Moved Through the Fair) and Peppe Nardone (Adoration and Danny Boy). Performed by Lucia Antonacci: Irish harp; Marco Felicioni: flutes; Peppe Nardone: acoustic guitars; Pino Petraccia: ethnic percussion and kamalengoni. Additional music: Gabriele Gismondi (Juno and February) and Chris Haugen (Tumbleweed Texas). Reading of Seamus Heaney’s poem Belderg: Seamas Caulfield. Translations for subtitles: Daniela Gatto, revised by Patrizia Boschiero and Luigi Latini. Aerial shots: Aerial Stock Ireland. Drone pilot: David Perry. Executive production: Ruggero Di Maggio and Davide Gambino for Mon Amour Films srl. Support in Ireland: Marcus Stewart, Earth Horizon ltd. Production coordination: Patrizia Boschiero, Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche.
The Tea Gardens of Dazhangshan Documentary film produced by the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche dedicated to the place designated by the International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens2019.   Documentary film 16:9 HD / col. / stereo sound 2019, 30’ Directed by Davide Gambinoin collaboration with Gabriele Gismondi.Nestling at the foot of Mount Dazhangshan, overlooked by the misty peaks of Wuyuan, are the Dazhangshan tea cultivations in the heart of China’s “golden triangle of tea”. Here tea plants and a farmers’ association have come together to shape a contemporary landscape that is capable of conveying a sense of ancient history. In a China that has resolved age-old problems like flooding, famine, and disease, the endeavour of the Dazhangshan farmers stands out as extraordinarily emblematic, projecting into the future the value of a rural environment in which humans can develop a harmonious relationship with nature. But challenges continue to emerge and China’s future sustainability remains uncertain. After thirty years of relentless economic growth, of openness to international markets, technological progress and large-scale infrastructural projects, rapid industrialization has also generated the greatest rural exodus ever experienced by humankind. As we wait for the Anthropocene to be recognized as a geological epoch distinct from the Holocene epoch in the geological timescale of our planet, it is clear that China’s vast surface area and demographic impact make it one of the key players in bringing about this new era, with its overwhelming responsibilities, risks, and challenges; ultimately, China is both a culprit and victim as well as our greatest source of hope.Documentary film produced by Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche as part of the 2019 International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens, coordinated by Patrizia Boschiero, head of the publications department of the Foundation, and Luigi Latini, chair of the Foundation’s Scientific Committee, with the collaboration of Maurizio Paolillo, professor of Chinese language and literature, University of Salento.With: Hong Peng, chairman of the Jiangxi Wuyuan Dazhangshan Organic Tea Farmer Association and of the Jiangxi Wuyuan Dazhangshan Organic Food Company, Ltd.; He Xinneng, Kaoshui farm manager; He Shengyang, Kaoshui farm worker; Zhang Ping, Lijushan farm manager; Zhu Shihua, Xiaolin farm manager; Zhao Wenyin, Xiaolin farmers’ delegate; Chen Xing, professor and director of the Professional Tea Institute, Wuyuan; Cheng Yong Rui, teacher and director of the Tuochuan School, Wuyuan County. And also with: Han Feng, director of the Landscape Department, Architecture and Planning Faculty, Tongji University, Shanghai; Xi Wang, PhD student, Landscape Department, Architecture and Planning Faculty, Tongji University, Shanghai; Xiao Kunbing, anthropologist, Southwest Minzu University, Chengdu, Sichuan; Yu Yue, expert in tea culture, Jiangxi Academy of Social Sciences. Script: Davide Gambino. Camerawork: Gabriele Gismondi and Davide Gambino. Photography, editing, color grading and sound design: Gabriele Gismondi. Original music by Pino Petraccia with Marco Felicioni and Peppe Nardone. Performed by: Marco Felicioni, flutes; Peppe Nardone, guitars; Pino Petraccia, ethnic percussion and kamale ngoni. Translations: Antonio Leggieri, Maurizio Paolillo, Oona Smyth, Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche. Aerial shots: Cheng Linkui and Cheng Mingyuan, Jiangxi Wuyuan Dazhangshan Organic Tea Farmer Association. Drone pilot: Cheng Mingyuan, Jiangxi Wuyuan Dazhangshan Organic Tea Farmer Association. Executive production: Ruggero Di Maggio and Davide Gambino, Mon Amour Films srl. Production coordination: Patrizia Boschiero, Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche. Support in China: Jiangxi Wuyuan Dazhangshan Organic Tea Farmer Association especially Hong Peng (DOTFA chairman); You Shuhai (DOTFA secretary-general); Cheng Linkui (DOTFA office staff); Zhou Yan (DOTFA coordinator); World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region, Shanghai, especially Anna-Paola Pola (WHITRAP urban planning director and research fellow), and Simone Ricca (WHITRAP deputy director).
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Submissions for the 2019 Sole Luna Doc Film Festival now open

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The 14th edition of Sole Luna Doc Film Festival is now open for submission. The international documentary film festival will be held in Palermo from July 1st to 7th 2019, in the suggestive setting of the monumental complex of Santa Maria dello Spasimo. The documentaries will be selected among the films from all over the world that will be submitted filling in the entry form online from November 1st 2018. Submission is free of charge and will close on March 1st 2019.

HOW TO ENTER YOUR FILM By visiting our site you can find the rules, the entry form and all the information you need to participate in our festival. Read the rules carefully and enter your film!Click here for further information and to fill in the entry form.
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Winners of Sole Luna Doc Film Festival – Treviso 2018

SOUNDRIVEMOTION AWARDRaghu Rai. An unframed portraitRegia | Director: Avani Rai Fotografia | Photography: Avani Rai Montaggio | Editing: Menno Boerema Produzione | Production: Iikka VehkalahtiIndia, Finlandia, Norvegia, 2017, 55′ The grammar of this film soundtrack is rigorous, poetic and sober. The stylistic choice of holding two different registers was appreciated: one to accompany the memories of the emotional relationship with the father figure, the other to describe the animus of the photographer in his creative process. The first one goes through a lively intimacy full of teachings. The second one manages to depict silence with notes and sounds. That's what you need to have in front of the world in order to become a "sensor" able to grasp its depth and beauty.HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS JURYOf fathers and sonsRegia | Director: Talal Derki Fotografia | Photography: Kahtan Hasson Montaggio | Editing: Anne Fabini Produzione | Production: Basis Berlin FilmproduktionGermania, Siria, Libano 2017, 98′ Of Fathers and Sons - Trailer from BASIS BERLIN on Vimeo.For the courage of the director Talal Derki to experience a difficult situation giving us the opportunity to "experience" a world away from ours, to know it beyond what the media usually show. Furthermore, the documentary is more generally a reflection on the relationship between fathers and children and on how the family and socio-cultural context can influence the kids.JURY INTERACTIONS AWARDTerraform Regia | Director: Sil Van Der Woerd, Jorik Dozy Fotografia | Photography: Nicolas Chin Montaggio | Editing: Sil Van Der Woerd, Jorik Dozy Produzione | Production: New Frontier PicturesRegno Unito, Indonesia, Olanda e Singapore, 2017, 5′https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AK75VFQQA40The jury "Interactions" has decided to award a prize to the short film "Terraform" because it transmits a positive message on the importance of the family to face the struggle and difficulties of life. In the film, the father bears the weight of a very hard work in the sulfur mine because he doesn't want to see his wife and his daughter crying and suffering. This makes us aware that love is the most important feeling to support men. In addition, the jury appreciated the music of the film that thrilled us and made us think about the people we love. We liked the part where the father carries the weight of sulfur but he thinks he is carrying his daughter on his shoulders. This father is a positive example because he accepts the hard work and the smoke of the volcano to provide his family a good life. Watching this film we became aware that in some parts of the world work is still very dangerous and there is no security for those people.PREMIO RUBINO RUBINIHappy Today Fotografia | Photography: Giulio Tonincelli Montaggio | Editing: Emanuele Dainotti, Alessandro Capuzzi Produzione | Production: Filmo 2, Ombre Rosse Film ProductionsItalia e Francia, 2017, 17′In un contesto di vita quasi ancestrale si sviluppa un progetto di grande ed evoluta responsabilità civile. Il premio va al regista per aver saputo trasmettere magistralmente e con la dovuta semplicità l’importanza della conoscenza per gli altri e per se stessi. Un vero inno alla natura madre e alla vita dell’uomo seguendo il motto “ama e donati con gioia”.PREMIO DEL PUBBLICORegia | Director: Parsifal Reparato Fotografia | Photography: Parsifal Reparato Montaggio | Editing: Armando Duccio Ventriglia Produzione | Production: NacneItalia, 2017, 52′ vietnamita e muong con sottotitoli in inglese e italiano / Vietnamese and Muong with Italian and English subtitles Nimble fingers sono le dita delle operaie vietnamite che lavorano nelle fabbriche dei più importanti marchi dell’elettronica mondiale. Bay, una delle migliaia di giovani operaie migranti proviene da un remoto villaggio muong sugli altopiani del Vietnam del Nord ed è giunta alla periferia di Hanoi, in un quartiere divenuto uno dei più grandi centri di produzione mondiale. La vita delle operaie si svolge secondo le regole del grande Parco Industriale di Thang Long, un mare di giovani donne scandisce la propria vita al ritmo della produzione della grande industria. Durante la festività del Tet, di ritorno al suo villaggio d’origine, Bay si ritrova con la famiglia. Dal rientro in campagna emerge uno scollamento della vita della giovane operaia dalle proprie origini, simbolo della trasformazione di una generazione che vive il passaggio dalla campagna alla società industriale.NIMBLE FINGERS - Trailer italiano from NACNE SUTTVUESS on Vimeo.
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All the winners of Sole Luna Doc Film Festival 2018

SOLE LUNA AWARDS / GIURIA INTERNAZIONALEBest Documentary Strike a Rock, Aliki SaragasSTRIKE A ROCK is the extraordinary example of a “revolution” that can start not only from young people but from two grand-mothers. A powerful and inspiring fight for Justice with every means they have. They are persistent and they still keep trying, even if their life has been a series of disappointments. They don’t give upStrike A Rock - Official Trailer 2017 from Elafos Productions/Aliki Saragas on Vimeo.
Mention for best direction Boli Bana, Simon Coulibaly GillardFor the director’s ability of narrating in a dream like way, an inner territory that mixes human nature, animals, rituals and traditions.BOLI BANA - Trailer/Bande annonce from Grenade on Vimeo.
Mention for best photography MA'OHI NUI, in the heart of the ocean my country lies, Annick GhijzelingsFor the fascinating landscape and the strong contrast between the beautiful images and the fluid camera movement and the dramatic content, which is the manipulation that the local population received from the French authorities that wanted to experiment the atomic bomb in that part of the Pacific Ocean.MA'OHI NUI, in the heart of the ocean my country lies - TRAILER from Centre de l'Audiovisuel à Bxl on Vimeo.
Mention for best editing (ex aequo) Sea of Sorrow - Sea of hope, Estephan Wagner, Marianne Hougen-MoragaFor the ability to editing not only the images but most importantly the feelings of the characters presented in the story. Los Ofendidos, Marcela ZamoraBecause it manages to use historical material in a way that brings the audience close to the events of those days.Trailer documental "Los Ofendidos" de Marcela Zamora from Kino Glaz on Vimeo.
Mention for most innovative documentary Solo for one Hand, Pavel JurdaFor the variety of different cinematic elements and the original way in which the story is narrated.
Mention for best short doc Terraform, Sil Van Der Woerd, Jorik DozyFor the very simple, direct yet extremely powerful way to convey the story and emotionally connect the audience to the events that are presented. Particularly striking is the choice of a very unique perspective that widens the perception and the capacity to say so much in such a small amount of time.terraform
A BRIDGE BETWEEN CULTURES AWARD Salto, Maryam HaddadiThe award for SALTO is a tribute to everyone who has had the strength and the determination to make an important and courageous complaint. – as Lucia Gotti Vetnurato motivates the award – Zahra Hosseinzadeh could have been the Pellegrini of the occidental world, but the destiny of birth has criminalized her, put her in the shadows. With this award, Sole Luna wants to build a virtual bridge of solidarity and wants to give an emphasis to the imprisonment that provokes fundamentalism of any kind. Middle Eastern Dramatic Shorts 7:00pm Wed Mar 28 FilmFest52 At The Bethel Cinema from Thomas Carruthers on Vimeo.
SPECIAL JURY NEW ITALIANS The special Jury “New italians” for the section Short Docs of the Sole Luna Doc Film Festival 13th edition awards: One minute, Dina NaserOne minute, is set in Gaza during a military operation launched by Israel as a counter action after the launch of some rockets by Hamas. The video, with the power of images and dialogues, provokes strong emotions and is able to represent the fear of the little protagonist of the uncertain and perhaps dramatic future that awaits her, making the viewer experience it. Most of the film is shot in the dark. This darkness provokes panic and disorientation with repeated intervals of silence that are broken by the shootings. Particularly important is the contrast between the external dramatic reality and the calmness with which the mother reassures her daughter and tries to protect her from the world that could upset the child's life. This is a real practice in many situations of war and conflict in which music and play are of fundamental importance to continue living and above all to prevent children from being overwhelmed by anguish and panic.Trailer - One Minute from Dina Naser on Vimeo. Terraform, Van Der Woerd, Jorik DozyTerraform, for the strength of the images which represents the terrible work in the sulfur mines and the sacrifices of parents who try to prevent their children from the same future. Unlike the other films, the emotion and the message emerge not due to the sounds and the words but everything is left to the force of the images. This make us experience the material poverty that pushes the human being to sacrifice themselves, by putting their health at risk every day by breathing sulfur and highly toxic air, in order to make the people they care for survive. The tears and sweat of the protagonists remain attached for days together with the final scene of the protagonist's family flying in the air.terraform Menzione speciale della giuria "Nuovi Italiani" Thr european dream: Serbia, Jaime AlekosFor its capacity to tell the experience of those who have left their land out of necessity, the unjustifiable violence of men in uniform who consider other men as animals, the desperation of not being able to go neither forward or backwards, blocked in a country of Eastern Europe and see the European dream, that has led them to face unspeakable suffering and deprivation, perhaps definitively shattered.THE EUROPEAN DREAM: SERBIA (Trailer) from Jaime Alekos on Vimeo.
SPECIAL JURY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTSI membri della Giuria speciale, composta da studentesse e dagli studenti del Liceo Scientifico Statale Albert Einstein di Palermo e dell’Istituto di Istruzione Superiore Santoni-Gambacorti di Pisa, decretano quale miglior documentario della sezione Human Rights della XIII edizione del Sole Luna Doc Film Festival: Sea of Sorrow, Sea of Hope, Marianne Hougen Moraga, Estephan Wagner • Because it shows clearly the complex and dramatic phenomenon of today’s migration. • For the directors’ superb ability to tell and witness the story of the protagonist, emphasizing both the socio-anthropological and political aspect of a forced migration of people seeking safety for themselves and their children, as well as the intimate, existential aspect characterized by the pain and hope of the mother-child relationship. • For the wonderful script and for the effective and clear editing through which the directors managed to create a strong empathy between the film's protagonist and the audience. • For the ability to tell the phenomenon of migration in a capturing way and with different cultural perspectives, underlining the implications for those who choose to leave and for those who welcome. The film also forces the viewers to question their role as a citizen of the global world. • For the overwhelming firmness with which the struggle of Manal to save herself and her children is presented. • For the narrative power of the message which tells the audience the risks, fears, hopes, and pain associated with the migratory phenomenon through a documentary that is as brief as it is intense.The special Jury members award the special mention to: Shootball, Fèlix Colomer • For the original narrative of the entire documentary, able to engage the viewer in a real story of investigative journalism. • For the complexity of the issues addressed, presented with a strong condemnation and respect for the stories of the victims involved. • For the director's ability to become a subject in the documentary, thereby underlining the importance of participating actively and of siding morally and politically with respect to the events of one’s own community. • For the social complaint that was brought forward in the documentary in a precise and analytical way. For the ability to give voice to all the protagonists, allowing the viewer to enter the world of those who have suffered unjustifiable sexual violence, and on the other hand the contradictory and sometimes incomprehensible world of the rapists. This makes the representation complex and chaotic as it is in reality. • For the moral strength of the director and of the father which is expressed in the choice to fight in a non-violent but determined way for the rights of the victims of pedophilia. It stresses how the past, especially in its dark areas, must be faced individually and collectively without revisionism and silence.
AUDIENCE AWARD Singing with angry birds, Hyewon Jee
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