Shu Aiello, Catherine Catella / 90’ / 2016 / Francia

Direction: Shu Aiello, Catherine Catella
Production: BO Film, Les Productions JMH, Marmitafilms, Tita Productions
Script: Shu Aiello, Catherine Catella
Cinematography: Maurizio Tiella
Editing: Catherine Catella, Shu Aiello
Sound: Jean François Priester

Rosa Maria left her village on a summer’s day in 1931 to escape poverty. Ever since, people from Riace have been watching the houses become covered with ivy and the land become increasingly poor. They scan the sea from the hills and continue to worship their two Saints Cosma and Damiano who came from the East. One day, Bairam arrived at the beach in Riace along with two hundred other Kurds. He decided to settle there. Today, the people of Riace are called Roberto, Ousmane, Emilia, Mohamed, Leonardo, Taira. They don’t have much but every day they build a shared destiny. 

Catherine Catella has a double –French and Italian– culture. She has dedicated herself to the question of exile for a long time. An editor of many TV documentaries, she has also directed many, such as: Palermo Bella and Moi aussi je suis à bout de souffle.

Shu Aiello. After following literature and audio-visual studies, Shu became involved with 13 Productions, a company created to use documentary films to express a vision of society inspired by freedom and activism. In her documentaries, she explores the means of resistance used to fight against conventional thinking. She is the director of: La mutation du crabe cocotier, Cineaste et Papillon and Vers l’autre rive, le monde arabe.