A village of Calabria


Riace is a small village in Calabria. Once there were warriors roaming the land. Today it is a safe haven for refugees. A small community and its idea of utopia in the heart of a growing segregationist Europa. The mayor decided long ago to give the empty flats and houses to the people in dire need of a roof over their head regardless of their origins or skin colour. Thus, the community of Riace became one of the very first to receive refugees adequately and shelter them as human beings and not just as statis- tical numbers of a global catastrophe. Election time looms again though in Riace. The opposition wants to get rid of the leftist mayor. Now it is up to the population to stand up for the results achieved by the community. While carefully observing how people of different backgrounds work together to create new surroundings and values, the filmmakers provide an irrefutable answer to those politicians who preach hatred, racism and segregation. As in a neorealist tale by Vittorio De Sica, the village and the people of Riace become the beacon of hope for a better future.
Giona A. Nazzaro, Visions du Réel

Prix Buyens-Chagoll à Visions du Réel Festival International du Cinéma Nyon 2016
Prix Horizonte au Fünf Seen Filmfestival 2016
Prix du Regard et Prix du Jury Jeune Public au Faito Doc Festival 2016
Premio Senni au Terra di Tutti Film Festival 2016
Prix Spécial de la Communauté de Riace au Riace Infestival 2016
Grand Prix du 19eme Festival International du Film Documentaire sur la Ruralité à Caméra des Champs 2017
Prix du Jury à Auroville Film Festival 2017
Premier Prix au Festival Olhares de Méditerranéo de Lisbonne
Prix du Meilleur Documentaire au Jounieh International Film Festival Lebanon 2018
Présentation exceptionnelle du film au Sénat à Rome

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