Saturday 14 October
Cinema La Compagnia – Via Cavour, 50r

From 10.30am
Event open to the public – free entrance

in collaboration with Close up Initiative and Berta Film

REAL SCREEN – Special Event

A showcase event dedicated to work-in-progress documentaries in collaboration with CLOSE-UP INITIATIVE
6 work-in-progress projects from Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan, Algeria and Lebanon will be presented, and on this occasion the directors have the chance to interact with the audience and with a number of film industry professionals, to get feedback on their projects and the further development. A selected jury of professionals award the REAL SCREEN AWARD.

Screening Programme, at the directors attendance
Our Seeds by Erhan Arik Meryem Yavuz
(WIP, Turchia, 10’, 2023)
A farming couple lives with their children in a village, in northeastern Turkey. Every spring, they sow 1500 years-old wheat seeds that their family inherited from their ancestors, they grind the grain in their mill and make the flour into bread. The farming couple’s faith in nature begins to be tested by the emerging dreams of their children and the test deepens as the harvest of this year is harder than usual.

She Was Not Alone by Hussein al-Assadi
(WIP, Iraq, 10’, 2023)
Fatima is a nomadic woman living alone, with her beloved animals in the Iraqi marshes. But as the climate changes create harsh obstacles, Fatima may be forced to move to the city, and lose her most cherished possessions, her independence and her animals.

Red Ink by Redha Menassel
(WIP, Algeria, 10’, 2023)
The story of the fabulous epic of El Manchar (The Saw), the first satirical newspaper of the Arab world of the 90s in Algiers. Between learning about freedom of expression and a fierce fight against Islamist terrorism, these heroic cartoonists and journalists left their mark on Algerian society in indelible red ink. This story, 30 years later, takes humor as a weapon of resistance that flourished during the “Hirak”, but also echoes with the freedom of press which is once again heavily oppressed in Algeria.

Life in the Shadows by Ylias Yourish

(WIP, Afghanistan, 10’, 2023)
Nawal is the eccentric and motherly owner of Depot- Vente, a flourishing vintage shop in a collapsing Beirut. For the Lebanese youth in need of an escape, playing dress-up in Depot-Vente has become a game of survival. In Nawal’s kitsch hangar, tired souls and discarded clothes are mended, elevated and re-loved.

One of Those Creatures by Ali Ozkul ( WIP, Turchia, 15’, 2023)
A body-thriller documentary that delves in a thought-provoking and dynamic way into the complex relationship between identity and the body, told through the intersecting emotions of two cousins.

H 2:45

(Francia, Iraq, 2022, 90’)
The medium that gives voice to those who no longer have one is radio. In northern Iraq, seven young journalists, Muslims, Christians and Yazidis, hold out their microphones to those who want peace. They work for Radio Al-Salam, an antenna free from political and religious influences. In complete freedom, voices rise on the airwaves and revive the bond within a nation.
Anteprima Italiana, in collegamento il regista

H 4:15pm

*Selezione Berlinale Panorama*
Introduction by Batholomew Sammut, Panorama Programme Manager

(Libano, 87’, 2021) v.o. arabo – sottotitoli: inglese, italiano
Three troubled teens on their way to win their acceptance into manhood. Though several unexpected occurrences take Etienne on an unforeseen journey into himself. In his  impressive debut film, George Peter Barbari deconstructs the global myth that surrounds a masculine rite of passage. He has created a polyphonic film of formal clarity in which poetry and social reality painfully collide.

Piazza di Santa Maria Novella 10 – ingresso libero
Ore 17.00

Inaugurazione della mostra LANDING di Maen Hammad
a cura di Roï Saade (vedi Eventi Speciali per maggiori informazioni)
alla presenza del fotografo Maen Hammad e del curatore Roï Saade

H 5:45

FORGET ME NOT di Mohamed Majdalawi
(Palestina, 2023, 10’) v.o arabo – sottotitoli: inglese, italiano
In the home of his host family in Sweden, Mohammed receives requests for help from his family trapped in the latest bombings in Gaza. He feels helpless and incapable, but with the help of his new family and friends he realizes that despair is not an option.
Anteprima italiana alla presenza del regista

to follow

LYD by Rami Younis e Sarah Ema Friedland 
(Palestina, Gran Bretagna, 2023, 78’) v.o arabo – sottotitoli: inglese, italiano
A sci-fi documentary that follows the rise and fall of Lyd — a 5,000-year-old metropolis that was once a bustling Palestinian town until it was conquered when the State of Israel was established in 1948. As the film unfolds, a chorus of characters creates a tapestry of the Palestinian experience of this city and the trauma left by the massacre and expulsion. Executive produced by Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, Voiced by Palestinian actress Maisaa Abd El-Hadi.
Anteprima europea alla presenza del regista Rami Younis

Cinema La Compagnia – ingresso gratuito
Presentazione del libro “Melograni e Carciofi. Ricette e ricordi di un viaggio dall’Iran all’Italia” di Saghar Setareh
Alla presenza dell’autrice, con la partecipazione di Kamin Mohammadi (giornalista e scrittrice), modera Silvia Chiarantini (curatrice programma Food del festival).

H 8:45pm

SHAYDA di Noora Niasari
(Australia, Iran,  2023, 118′) v.o. Inglese, Farsi – sottotitoli: inglese, italiano
Shayda, a brave Iranian mother, finds refuge in an Australian women’s shelter with her six-year-old daughter. Over Persian New Year, they take solace in Nowruz rituals and new beginnings, but when her estranged husband re-enters their lives, Shayda’s path to freedom is jeopardized.
Anteprima italiana, in collegamento la regista

H 10:45pm

(Israele 2022, 71′)  v.o. ebraico – sottotitoli: inglese, italiano
An incredible journey into the life of the Israeli and actress Ronit Elkabetz through the radical collection of her extraordinary wardrobe and all her archive. A cinematic essay about the power of cinema, the power of clothes, and of one unforgettable woman standing for and embodying the deepest human desire for freedom and liberty.
Anteprima italiana