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Sponde (2016-17)

documentary, HD, 35mm, 55' 

written and directed by Irene Dionisio

cinematographed by Francesca Cirilli

edited by Alessandro Zorio

production Mammut Film / Ilaria Malagutti
with Rai Cinema
in coproduction with a.titolo, Vycky Films (Fr)

a co-production with France Télévisions, France 3 Corse Via Stella

with the support of the Film Commission Torino Piemonte and the Piedmont Region (Piemonte Doc Film Fund – Fondo regionale per il documentario), the CNC Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image animée and the Sicilia Film Commission –Tourism Sport and Performance Department of the Sicilian Region.


A documentary which tells two stories of compassion and civic virtue on two opposite shores of the Mediterranean, through the correspondence between Mohsen Lihidheb, a postman and intellectual in Zarzis, Tunisia, and Vicenzo Lombardo, a retired cemetery worker in Lampedusa, Italy. While searching on the beach for materials for his Museum of the Memory of the Sea – a true monument to the victims of migration – Mohsen finds a body which he decides to bury with dignity, without thinking twice about it. Vincenzo in Lampedusa shares this same sense of urgency, tending the tombs of the unknown people who he buried in the local cemetery years before. In the wake of the Arab Spring, as sea tragedies grow significantly, Irene Dionisio speaks of a potential dialogue, of deep humanity that contrasts with the obscene of current history. 


Sponde. Nel sicuro sole del Nord ​(documentary, Italy/France, 2015) FESTIVALS: Gottingen Ethnographic Film Festival; Cinema Verité Tehran; Festival dei Popoli; Sguardi Altrove; Taormina Film Festival; Salina Doc Festival.

PRIZES: Scam Prize; Solinas Prize; My Movies Award – Festival dei Popoli; Cariddi Prize – Taormina Film Festival; Jury Prize - Cine Verité Iran; Jury Prize Isreal, Nuoro. 


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