Saturday 2 October
Cinema La Compagnia – Via Cavour, 50r


H 11.00 – free entrance

RAFFAELLO by Bahman Kiarostami
(Iran, 2015, 20’) v.o. farsi – sottotitoli: inglese, italiano
The poetic short documentary by Bahman Kiarostami (son of the master Abbas Kiarostami) dedicated to the singular story of the Italian transatlantic Raffaello, sold by Italy to the Shah in 1977 and sunk by Saddam Hussein’s missiles during the Iran Iraq war.

Presentation by Luciana Borsatti

H 11.30am

Cinema La Compagnia – free entrance
Presentazione del libro di di Giulia Valsecchi (Mimesis editore 2021)
Il lavoro della ricercatrice Giulia Valsecchi aspira ad abbattere una parete del “muro invisibile” sollevato attorno alle opere di alcune autrici irano-americane della diaspora di differenti retaggi e generazioni.


H 3.00

PANOPTIC by Rana Eid
(Libano, Emirati Arabi Uniti, 2017, 71′) v.o. arabo – sottotitoli: inglese, italiano
Delving into Beirut’s underground, Panoptic explores Lebanon’s schizophrenia. Depicting a nation thriving for modernity while ignoring the vices preventing it from achieving its goal, director Rana Eid examines this paradox through sound, iconic monuments and secret hideouts.
Anteprima Italiana

H 4.30pm
NEW PERSPECTIVES from the Middle East and North Africa:
Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Lybia. Curated by Close-Up
Program of 4 work in progress documentaries never presented to the audience, introduced by Sigal Yehuda (managing director of Close-Up) with the directors in connection.

BAGHDAD IN FIRE di Karrar Al-Azzawi
(Iraq, 2021, 10’ WIP) v.o. arabo – sottotitoli: inglese, italiano
With intimate access to Tiba and her friends we join young Iraqi women and men who side by side are fighting the regime and Iraqi Iranian militias. Tiba’s life is changing dramatically while she is taking part in the biggest youth movement in Iraq history.

NO OTHER LAND di Basel Adaraa, Yuval Abraham, Rachel Szor e Hamdan Balal
(Palestina, 2021, 10’ WIP) v.o. arabo – sottotitoli: inglese, italiano
For the past ten years, Basel, a young Palestinian activist, has been filming his community being destroyed by Israeli soldiers. During the darkest year of his life, he develops an unlikely relationship with a similarly aged Israeli journalist – who wants to join his struggle.

Q di Jude Chehab
(Libano, 2021, 10’ WIP) v.o. arabo – sottotitoli: inglese, italiano
God works in mysterious ways and so do women…”. For over fifty years a Syrian movement has been secretly growing into the largest Muslim women’s organization in the world. Through a generational lens, Q takes us deep into the mysterious, unspoken world of the Qubaysiat, the regime-loving Sufis turned cult through my mother, my grandmother and I’s relationship to the group.

(Libia, 2021, 10’ WIP) v.o. arabo – sottotitoli: inglese, italiano
A daughter unravels the disappearance of her father, the democratic and peaceful opposition leader to Colonel Qaddafi, as she pieces together her mother’s 19-year search to find him. Inspired by her father’s legacy and her mother’s stories, she constructs a new understanding of the man she never knew.

H 6.00pm

THE MAYOR by David Osit 

(Palestina, USA, 2020, 90’) v.o. arabo – sottotitoli: inglese, italiano

The Mayor is a real-life political saga following Musa Hadid, the Christian mayor of Ramallah, during his second term in office. His immediate goals: repave the sidewalks, attract more tourism, and plan the city’s Christmas celebrations. His ultimate mission: to end the occupation of Palestine. Rich with detailed observation and a surprising amount of humor, Mayor offers a portrait of dignity amidst the madness and absurdity of endless occupation while posing a question: how do you run a city when you don’t have a country?
Anteprima italiana, alla presenza del regista

Cinema La Compagnia – ingresso gratuito
Presentazione della graphic novel di Francesca Ceci e Alessia Puleo, con le autrici e Renata Pepicelli (Università di Pisa).
Il tema dello ius soli e delle seconde generazioni raramente conquista le prime pagine dei media nostrani. Il graphic novel “Possiamo essere tutto” (Tunué editore), progetto sostenuto da Amnesty International, prova allora a dar voce ai giovani che, nati in Italia, sono abitati da identità multiple.

H 9.00pm

200 METERS di Ameen Nayfeh (
(Palestina, Giordania, Qatar, Italia, Svezia, 2020, 96’) v.o. arabo – sottotitoli: italiano
Audience Award winner at the Giornate degli Autori in Venice. 200 meters is the actual distance separating two Palestinian localities divided by an Israeli fence, the one that separates Mustafa from his wife and children. Every night, Mustafa (Ali Suliman) greets his family from balcony to balcony. The distance seems irreparable when he learns that his son is in the hospital. He will have no choice but to turn to a smuggler to get around the wall, in an urgent pulse-pounding odyssey, of a courageous father fighting against the paradoxes of life in Palestine.
Alla presenza del regista