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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Treviso 10th October 2018 – Screening “Oltremare” at Carta Carbone Festival

Sole Luna Doc Film Festival will present at Carta Carbone Festival Letteraio
the documentary Oltremare by Loredana Bianconi
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Wednesday 10 ottobre – h 9 pm – TRA – Ca dei Ricchi - Treviso
In Fascist Italy in the thirties, many inhabitants of Borgo emigrated to the colonies of the Italian Empire in Africa. Pushed by poverty or the spirit of adventure, they went in search of the Eldorado propaganda had promised them. But their dream crumbles after just a few years of hard labor. War and the fall of the regime led to the loss of the colonies, forcing them to return to Borgo having lost everything. The words, written memoirs and hundreds of photos of witnesses reveal to us a tale long shrouded in silence. Presentation by Antonio Varchetta https://vimeo.com/206212815 Info: www.cartacarbonefestival.it/
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23 September Treviso – Frontera Invisible at “Punti di Contatto Festival “

PUNTI DI CONTATTO - storie di frontiere in cooperation with Sole Luna Doc Film Festival 23 September, Piazza San Parisio, Treviso Screening of "Frontera invisible"(2017, Nicolás Richat - Nico Muzi) Frontera Invisible is the true story of communities trapped in the middle of the world’s longest war, in which Big Business’ rush for palm oil to produce ‘green’ fuel has displaced peasant farmers and indigenous people, destroyed natural habitats and concentrated land in the hands of ‘the rich’. A blend of environmental documentary and social research through victims’ testimonials, Frontera Invisible gives a voice to the local communities that are fighting hard to reclaim their land while exposing the major pitfalls of biofuels policy. Colombia is on the cusp of a peace deal that will end 60 years of armed conflict. A war that has displaced more people than the entire population of Denmark. Meanwhile, the government plans to keep planting palm to supply Colombia and Europe with ‘biodiesel’. Will peace return the land to its true owners or merely hand it over to Big Agribusiness? Frontera Invisible Main trailer (EN) from Transport & Environment on Vimeo.   punti contatto
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Winners of Sole Luna Doc Film Festival – Treviso 2018

SOUNDRIVEMOTION AWARD Raghu Rai. An unframed portrait Regia | Director: Avani Rai Fotografia | Photography: Avani Rai Montaggio | Editing: Menno Boerema Produzione | Production: Iikka Vehkalahti India, 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 JURY Of fathers and sons Regia | Director: Talal Derki Fotografia | Photography: Kahtan Hasson Montaggio | Editing: Anne Fabini Produzione | Production: Basis Berlin Filmproduktion Germania, 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 AWARD Terraform  Regia | Director: Sil Van Der Woerd, Jorik Dozy Fotografia | Photography: Nicolas Chin Montaggio | Editing: Sil Van Der Woerd, Jorik Dozy Produzione | Production: New Frontier Pictures Regno Unito, Indonesia, Olanda e Singapore, 2017, 5′ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AK75VFQQA40 The 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 RUBINI Happy Today Fotografia | Photography: Giulio Tonincelli Montaggio | Editing: Emanuele Dainotti, Alessandro Capuzzi Produzione | Production: Filmo 2, Ombre Rosse Film Productions Italia 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 PUBBLICO Regia | Director: Parsifal Reparato Fotografia | Photography: Parsifal Reparato Montaggio | Editing: Armando Duccio Ventriglia Produzione | Production: Nacne Italia, 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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10.09.2018 Treviso / Opening Sole Luna Doc Film Festival

PROGRAMME MONDAY SEPTEMBER 10

CHIESA DI SAN GREGORIO MAGNO — 19.00 inaugurazione e aperitivo di benvenuto / opening and welcome drink saluti istituzionali / institutional greetings — 19.45 concerto / concert Giovanni Feltrin, organo / organ, Camilla Rutelli, voce recitante / reciting voice — 20.30 concorso / competition Singing with Angry Bird Hyewon Jee Corea del Sud, 2016, 88', v.o. con sottotitoli in inglese e italiano / o.v. English and Italian subtitles Un cantante lirico coreano ha organizzato a Pune, in India, il Banana Children’s Choir. Un viaggio ricco di lacrime e risate. — 22.00 concorso / competition Los ofendidos Marcela Zamora El Salvador e Messico, 2016, 85', v.o. con sottotitoli in inglese e italiano / o. v. English and Italian subtitles “Durante la guerra civile salvadoregna, mio padre ed altre migliaia di uomini sono stati catturati e torturati dallo Stato. Queste sono alcune delle loro storie. Queste persone non chiedono vendetta, tutto ciò che chiedono è conoscere la verità”. TRA. CA’ DEI RICCHI — 20.30 concorso / competition Appennino Emiliano Dante Italia, 2017, 66', v.o. con sottotitoli in inglese / o.v. English subtitles Appennino è un diario cinematografico che inizia dalla lenta ricostruzione de L’Aquila, la città del regista, e prosegue con i terremoti nell’Appennino centrale del 2016-17, fino al lunghissimo ed estenuante asilo dei nuovi terremotati a S. Benedetto del Tronto. — 22.00 concorso / competition Raghu Rai. An unframed portrait Avani Rai Finlandia, India e Norvegia, 2017, 55', v.o. con sottotitoli in inglese e italiano / o.v. English and Italian subtitles Un ritratto senza cornice del fotografo dell’agenzia Magnum Raghu Rai e del suo viaggio lungo 50 anni durante il quale ha immortalato le storie dell’India. Le storie di Raghu Rai raccontate attraverso gli occhi della sua figlia ribelle.
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Sole Luna Doc Film Festival – Treviso 10 – 16.09.2018

The Festival in Treviso takes place from 10 to 16 September at the Church of San Gregorio Magno and at the headquarters of the Association TRA, Treviso, Research, Art, at Ca' dei Ricchi,. The films in competition were divided into sections: Human Rights, The Journey and Shorts Docs. Two out of competition sections specially designed for Treviso Festival: Veneto Doc, a showcase dedicated to Venetian authors and Cinema in the cellar, a showcase focused on wine that takes place in the cellars of the territory. Meetings with the authors, presentations and insights, organ concerts and a workshop on the role of music in cinema enrich the week of the festival.   https://youtu.be/6WPog9pkKV4 Dowload the programme    
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All the winners of Sole Luna Doc Film Festival 2018

SOLE LUNA AWARDS / GIURIA INTERNAZIONALE Best Documentary Strike a Rock, Aliki Saragas STRIKE 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 up Strike A Rock - Official Trailer 2017 from Elafos Productions/Aliki Saragas on Vimeo.
Mention for best direction Boli Bana, Simon Coulibaly Gillard For 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 Ghijzelings For 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-Moraga For the ability to editing not only the images but most importantly the feelings of the characters presented in the story.   Los Ofendidos, Marcela Zamora Because 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 Jurda For 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 Dozy For 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 Haddadi The 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 Naser One 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 Dozy Terraform, 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 Alekos For 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 STUDENTS I 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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Opening Sole Luna Doc Film Festival | 2 july Palermo

Sole Luna Doc Film Festival 13. edizione / edition 2 luglio /July 2018 Santa Maria dello Spasimo Palermo Ingresso gratuito/free entrance

SANTA MARIA DELLO SPASIMO 19.00 inaugurazione / opening with Banda alle Ciance Drinks offered by Assovini, food offered by NaturaSì Opening mostre / exhibitions Il sacro degli altri. Culti e pratiche rituali dei migranti in Sicilia fotografie di / photos by Attilio Russo, Giuseppe Muccio inaugurazione / opening Crossfade spazio sonoro Davide Cairo, Francesco Novara inaugurazione / opening Spotlight on Martina Melilli. The Fourth Day of School 2015, 5′ 03′′ Italian-African Rhyzome.A Choreography for Camera 2017, 4′ 13′′ L(h)ost 2018, 2′ 30′′   SPASIMO / NAVATA — 20.00 saluti istituzionali / institutional greetings — 21.00 concorso / competition In the name of, Erlynee Kardany Norvegia, 2017, 54′, v.o. con sottotitoli in inglese e italiano / o.v. English and Italian subtitles Regista in sala| Meet the author In a time when belief no longer has a true face and outrage and war threatens to take centerstage, this documentary searches for the secret of peace and compromise. This is a stirring story of one cross-cultural family in conflict over religion. Over the course of 5 years, the filmmaker turns the camera on herself and her nearest to shed light on the challenges of living with Islam as a modern day woman. In the Name of... trailer (PREVIOUS TITLE IS : Love & Sacrifice) from Novemberfilm on Vimeo.   — 22.30 concorso / competition Untitled, Michael Glawogger, Monika Willi Germania e Austria, 2017, 107′, v.o. con voce narrante in italiano / o.v. with Italian voice over After the sudden death of Michael Glawogger in April 2014, his longstanding collaborator and editor Monika Willi realizes a film out of the footage Glawogger shot over the course of 4 months and 19 days in the Balkans, Italy, North and West Africa. A journey out into the world with open eyes and open mind - observing, listening, experiencing. Serendipity is the concept and the only rule to apply - in editing and creating the film just as it was in shooting. Narrated by Nada Malanima. SPASIMO / GIARDINO — 21.00 concorso / competition Sea of sorrow – Sea of hope, Estephan Wagner, Marianne Hougen-Moraga Danimarca, 2018, 29′, v.o. con sottotitoli in inglese e italiano / o.v. English and Italian subtitles Manal lives in Syria with her three children. A run-in with ISIS leading to death threats forces Manal to flee the country. She leaves her children behind, thinking they will be able to reunite, once she has reached Europe. However, after 10 long months in Denmark, she learns that she cannot apply for family reunification for another three years. Manal decides to save her children. Raghu Rai. An unframed portrait, Avani Rai Finlandia, India e Norvegia, 2017, 55′, v.o. con sottotitoli in inglese e italiano / o.v. English and Italian subtitles An unframed portrait of Magnum photographer Raghu Rai and his 50 year long journey capturing the stories of India. Raghu Rai’s stories told through the eyes of his own rebel daughter. Together they embark on a journey to Kashmir, the most militarized land on earth. — 22.30 concorso / competition Before my feet touch the ground, Daphni Leef Israele, 2017, 78′, v.o. con sottotitoli in inglese e italiano / o.v. English and Italian subtitles July 2011, a young Israeli video editor named Daphni Leef decides to protest against rent prices by pitching a tent in the city center. Within a few days, a whole boulevard is full of tents because a modest protest against housing policy grew into a national protest movement for social justice. Daphni at first is combative and exuding an attractive idealism, she gradually becomes exhausted. As director, Daphni looks back on this turbulent period when she was transformed from a naive young woman into a celebrated and controversial national icon.
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Press conference Sole Luna Doc Film Festival 13. edition

Press conference Sole Luna Doc Film Festival 13. edition IMG_6171 The press conference for the 13th edition of the Sole Luna Doc Film Festival was held on Tuesday July 21th in Palermo at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia to present the program of the Festival,  which will be held in Santa Maria dello SPasimo in Palermo. The conference was attended by all the major media, together with those who follow the local Palermo scene. The program of the Festival was presented by its president, Lucia Venturato, scientific director Gabriella D'Agostino and artistic directors Chiara Andrich and Andrea Mura. They presented the programme with 28 documentaries in competition between short films and feature films, divided into the Human Rights, The Journey and Short docs sections. The topics of the films chosen are those that have always characterized Sole Luna Doc Film Festival, an intercultural journey that stimulates the knowledge of near and distant realities. Concerning the Out of competition, they have chosen numerous feature and short films on issues related to human rights and the environment, presented in collaboration with other festivals such as the Festival international du film insulaire de Groix and the Animaphix International Animation Festival, as well as with associations and foreign cultural institutes in Palermo, with the aim of "networking" and "establish ties". IMG_6205 Since the happy contingency of the choice of Palermo as Italian Capital of Culture 2018, this year the Sole Luna goes beyond documentary cinema and include other forms of art with the Arts in festival, which includes a series of events and hosts international artists. Sole Luna Doc Film Festival this year, with its multifaceted programming, wants to be more and more a place of discovery and meeting in a frontier space open to the world where cinema can become a compass to orient oneself in the complicated present.   Here the programme qui.
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Treviso – Partnership with Endorfine Rosa Shocking

ENDORFINE_1Sole Luna - un ponte tra le culture is partner of the showcase Endorfine Rosa Shocking May-October 2018, Treviso SHOCKING PINK ENDORPHINES Films about women in sport Focus created and curated by Laura Aimone An intriguing trip around the world through very diverse sports. Undisputed travel companions: women. From Pakistan to Mexico, from Israel to Mongolia, from Ethiopia to Iraq, crossing Palestine, Iran and Europe, the focus will present short and long features films chosen among the best films about sports that travelled the Festival world in the past years. The main genre is documentary, but there are also a series of fiction and animation films. No matter what the latitude, sports offer women a way to escape from the ordinary life, be it a war situation or a boring existence without any purpose. But they can also be a way to question patriarchal societies, pushing both the personal limits and the boundaries of what is acceptable. Sports may be a passport to a better life or simply a thrill to add more adrenaline to one’s life. Even the most individualistic activity implies some sort of interaction with people around and achieving results always comes at a price. Sports can become a way of living or be turned into art. A kaleidoscope of film genres and ways of living sports, as diverse as the shades of women. PROGRAMME 09.05 FREE KICK — Bernabè Rico (Spagna 2012, 13’) SPEED SISTERS — Amber Fares (Palestina 2015, 80’) 06.06 OPERATION MOFFAT — Jen Randall, Claire Carter (UK 2015, 20’) SALAAM DUNK — David Fine (US/Iraq 2011, 80’) 20.06 Ospite della serata e curatela Sole Luna Film Festival AQUA SALSA — Elia Romanelli (Italia 2015, 26’) ELIZABETH’S PLAYGROUND — Maris Kerge, Erik Norkroos (Estonia 2015, 30’) 12.09 Serata ospiti del Sole Luna Film Festival LUCHADORA — River Finlay (Messico 2014, 12’) GIRL UNBOUND — Erin Heidenreich (US/Pakistan 2016, 80’) 19.09 Film con sottotitoli per non udenti BEACH FLAGS — Sarah Saidan (Francia/Iran 2014, 14’) WHITE BLESSING — Sengedorj Janchivdorj (Mongolia 2016, 100’) 03.10 AFTERGLOW — Tommaso Di Paola, Jack Webber (UK 2016, 6’) TOWN OF RUNNERS — Jerry Rothwell (Etiopia/UK 2012, 80’) I film avranno inizio alle ore 20.30 Tutti i film saranno sottotitolati in italiano. INFO Offerta responsabile,Soci T RA ingresso gratuito. TRA Treviso Ricerca Arte Ca’ dei Ricchi. Via Barberia 25, Treviso Orari: mar – sab 10:00 – 13:00 e 15:30 – 19:30; dom 15:30 – 19:30 +39.0422.419990 / +39.339.6443542 segreteria@trevisoricercaarte.org www.trevisoricercaarte.org Foto poster by Vivienne Rickman-Poole  
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