Directed by nine-time Emmy Award-winning director Chris Gero, the documentary THE SOUND OF US tells how much music gives sound to hope and courage, allows us to sadden and be honest, and is the great universal language that unites us all. The Sound of Us weaves inspirational stories about the beauty and goodness of music, showing us how music heals, gives us hope for the future through our children, keeps our legacy and history alive, allows us to have the hardest conversations, sheds light on current struggles and continues to invite us to return to the thing that unites us all."
GO GO AROUND ITALY | TV series in animation
In a typical Italian town, Cipo and Mia meet a strange and funny green being with three eyes: his name is Zet and he comes from a distant galaxy. Zet arrived in Italy with a special mission: to find out why in Italy, a country so small compared to Planet Earth, there is so much artistic and landscape richness ... to make it unique in the world.
SASSIWOOD | Feature
Matera, from national “shame”, as it was defined by Togliatti in 1948, to European Capital of Culture in 2019. The Sassi of Matera, from a peasant setting of misery to a location for major film productions. It is in this context that the comedy Sassiwood takes place. Among these contradictions, between past and present, between art and industry, between identity and globalization, between real development and illusions, the lives, at times grotesque, of the protagonists of the film develop. All linked to the world or the dream of cinema, all looking for something or for themselves. All marching, on the same day, towards their own destiny. In conclusion, the real redemption could be a return to poetry and humanity. The film is also a tribute to Albino Pierro, an important Lucanian poet, who was also a candidate for the Nobel Prize.
LACREME MERIDIONALI | Feature
Vincenzo and Francesco learned from their southern families the habit of enduring pain and surviving. But a secret that mothers and fathers have kept quiet for years will change their lives forever.
LUNGA VITA ALLA VITA! | Documentary
Long live Life! it is a tribute to the memory of men and women - of all nationalities, cultures and social backgrounds - who in the concentration camps were deprived of the most basic human rights or lost their lives. Long live life! it is testimony of a musical heritage born in the concentration camps, like a flower in the middle of the desert: an artistic and human treasure brought to light by the Italian pianist Francesco Lotoro, who for more than thirty years has searched and recovered more than eight thousand musical scores composed in the fields .
MAESTRO. Looking for the lost music | Doc
For over 30 years, there has been a man who has persistently devoted his life to a universal mission: he looks, finds, archives and plays the music that it has been composed in concentration camps during the Second World War. He is Italian and his name is Francesco Lotoro. His passionate research is now a movie, a journey through time that wants to fight the oblivion and to preserve the memories of men and women whom found their way against destruction through out their music.
LA GRANDE OPERA | Documentary
In one of the most scenically attractive places in South Italy, the arrival of a mega-pipeline of 4000 km, funded by the European Union, triggering the conflict between the gas multinational and local community. It 'a struggle between David and Goliath, seen through the eyes of two children, sons of an activist who is opposed to what he considers a mafiodotto, the' yet another great work of fossil energy. The protest movement has undergone a tough media and judicial repression and now pays for the social cost of his activism. On the other hand, the media manager of the gas multinational sees the goal close and continues to try to convince the population of the sustainability and economic advantages of the work, with an impressive communication campaign, summarized by the claim: "Who knows history, He does not believe in fairy tales. " What is the version of reality to believe in? And to what extent we are willing to fight to defend their ideals?
ONE OF US | Documentary
In November 2010, in the village of Ulongue, almost close to the Liwonde natural park, the accidents are now repeated with a strange regularity, diseases make the dead count: a dark and frightening force seems to have raged against the village. When one night, on the bank of the great river, a crocodile kills a fisherman, everyone feels that there is only one way to follow: to remove the spirit of evil to restore the balance of life, to restore the order of things, erasing chaos.
I CIACCA | Documentary
"Picinisco is a small village in the province of Frosinone, located within the Comino Valley (lower Ciociaria). The town, which has about 1000 inhabitants, has always been characterized by its internal subdivision into small villages, often converted over the years into separate housing units, for a single extended family. As a result, the villages have taken on the name of the family that originally resided there over time; as in the case of the today uninhabited village of the Ciacca family, the subject of this story. "
WELCOME TO ITALY | Web series
Welcome to Italy follows the stories of young immigrants, recounting their loves and their conflicts, always screwed around the fate of the radio station, which they have decided to defend with tooth and nail. Among petitions, provocations, threats and media acts, Radio Baobab will try to keep its roots solid, like the big tree that represents it, and for 'ours' there will be room for small but significant victories, and a thousand reflections on the identity that everyone carries inside: all with their own roots but also in search of fertile ground to plant new ones.
IL PRIMO SGUARDO | Short
The Covid emergency lockdown is in effect, and the thirty-year-old Mattia goes through quarantine in solitude, in his country house. Mostly he sleeps and plays video games, indifferent to the fate of the world. A noise from the valley arouses his interest. Beyond the fronds of his garden, he discovers he has a view of a house and a family of neighbors he had never noticed: father, mother, and a little girl of about nine, in what appears to be a happy picture. Yet Mattia gets the idea that the family is hiding something, because he sees that the little girl behaves strangely. She seems devoid of vitality. So in the following days the boy goes back to observe the three in secret.
INGLORIOUS LEAGUE | Short film
Four men find themselves in an abandoned warehouse to share the spoils of a robbery. With them a hostage. A beautiful and fragile girl who hides a secret.
PICOFTHEDAY | Short film
Vittorio twenty-six just turned, all spent in the South, hides look in a telescope, and crosses the limit of his window, leaving the intimacy of a room in disorder attended by disparate projects drafted and posted on the walls or declined as junk scattered around. The boy's eyes through the night scenery of a besieged suburb of shadows of barracks.
NUVOLA | Short film
"Nuvola" ("Cloud") is the story of Filippo, a retired teacher marked by grief over the loss of his wife. The man is determined to take his own life, but someone knocks on his door.
NIENTE | Short film
An Italian family today. A father. A mother. A single daughter. Elena is twenty years old, Mauro is a car dealer in full crisis. Anna is a simple mother. Inside a family there is everything and nothing.
U MUSCHITTIERI | Short film
Giovanni Falcone at 7 years old meets for the first time the symbol of mafia evil in the figure of a grotesque shepherd of the family nativity scene. And so a child "full of fears" he will discover his truth about courage. That same truth that will accompany forever the choices of the great magistrate: "Being brave doesn't mean not being afraid,but keep going despite the fear ”.
PENALTY | Short film
Two friends meet up for their annual penalty shoot out competition. As they raise the stakes a secret surfaces that threatens to tear their friendship apart or even worse.
SAMEDI CINEMA | Short film
Two children write letters to get enough money to go to the cinema. Saturday is their last chance to see the ending of the movie. The local city theater is closing down.
GENESI | Short film
The tragic experience of a child's death is explored through the quintessential mythical script, the Genesis, and the recalling of an ancient rural ritual, the friend tree. Giovanni's way to cope with grief is delicate and silent. That way memories arise, the heart calms down and the cry becomes speech.
FRANCESCO PADRE ML990 | Short film
On the night between the 3rd and 4th of November 1994, the Molfetta fishing boat "Francesco Padre", with five men and a dog on board, sank taking their bodies down. Due to a peacetime war game the lives of five Apulian fishing families, on that dreadful night, was halted forever. The story was immediately defined as the "Ustica of Molfetta". The five men of the Francesco Padre "were declared" guilty of their death: that is, they would have blown up because they were carrying illegally explosive in war zones. And so the victims were turned into executioners and their families had to give up the right to bury their loved ones (deliberately left at the bottom of the sea); renounce the right to receive economic aid from the state (first recognized and then denied); to the right to know the truth (a state secret has formally prevented this) and therefore to the right to have justice. Twenty years of silence, omissions, investigations, state secrets, truth.
THE SIGNATURE | Short film
Betty is a fragile person who leads a flat and anonymous life; Giovanni, is also weak but wants to "cut" his life out of the same dull routine. What was expected to be another uneventful evening for Betty as she heads home after another unfulfilled day at work, turns out to be quite the opposite. Betty sees she is being followed and starts to run for her life and as she seeks safety inside the elevator, Giovanni her stalker blocks the elevator door from closing. What happens next will change the course of their lives.