100´ / 2020 / Italy, France, Germany

Direction: Gianfranco Rossi

Production: 21 Uno Film, Stemal Entertainment, Rai Cinema, Les Films D´Ici, No Nation Films GmbH, Mizzi Stock Entertainment

Cinematography: Gianfranco Rossi

Editing: Jacopo Quadri, Fabrizio Federico

Sound Design: Stefano Grosso

How much pain, how much life makes up the existence of people in the Middle East?. In this film – shot over a three-year period along the borders between Syria, Iraq, Kurdistan and Lebanon – Gianfranco Rosi gives voice to a human drama that transcends geographical divisions and calendar time, illuminating with encounters and images the daily life that lies behind the continuous tragedy of civil wars, brutal dictatorships, foreign invasions and interference and finally the murderous apocalypse of ISIS.

Gianfranco Rosi was born in 1963 in Asmara (Eritrea), where his father worked in the banking sector. At age 11, the war with Ethiopia rages on, forcing the Rosi family to leave the country. Gianfranco spent the rest of his youth between Turkey and Italy, where he enrolled, with little success, at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Pisa, because what he was really passionate about was the cinema. Steeling himself with courage, he abandons his studies and enrolls at the New York University Film School, where he discovers the enormous possibilities that documentaries offer him to face reality.


Gianfranco Rosi, Muestras