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LETTERE DAL SAHARA
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LETTERE DAL SAHARA
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Italy
year:
2006
film run:
123'
format:
35mm - colour
release date:
01/09/2006
festival & awards:
BENGALURU INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2009: Country Focus Italy
INTERNATIONAL ISTANBUL FILM FESTIVAL 2007: Challenging the Years
JERUSALEM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2007: The Spirit Of Freedom
CAPE TOWN WORLD CINEMA FESTIVAL 2006: An Other World
LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA 2006: Out of Competition - Special Event: Arcobaleno Latino Award
MOSTRA INTERNACIONAL DE CINEMA 2006: "Humanidade" Award to Vittorio de Seta
RENCONTRES DE MONOSQUE 2007: Panorama

N.I.C.E. Amsterdam 2007

FESTIVAL VUE D’AFRIQUE DE MONTREAL 2007: International Competition

KINO OTOK FESTIVAL 2007:Panorama

MICEC Barcelona 2007: Panorama

MIDNIGHT FILM FESTIVAL 2007: Panorama

ALEXANDRIA FILM FESTIVAL 2007

ANNECY CINEMA ITALIEN 2007: Panorama
Assane, a young Senegalese Muslim, interrupts his studies and emigrates to Italy following the death of his father. During his clandestine journey in Italy, Assane has to face with the problem of racism, religion, drogue and work. In Turin, where he knows no one, Assane deals with the harsh challenges of living clandestinely but strengthened by his faith and the encouraging letters from an elderly teacher of his country, he studies Italian and finds a steady job. Caterina his Italian teacher, hires him as a ‘carer’ for her disabled brother Luca, so that Assane can get his permit to stay. Just when things seem to be going better, Assane is beaten up by a gang of hooligans, is seriously traumatized and cannot bear to stay in Italy. He returns home and, frustrated by not having lived up to his family’s expectations, goes through a long crisis. Finally he seeks out his elderly teacher who has retired to a village in the South, and the old man succeeds in restoring his trust, identity and hope.
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