EFP Cannes
22 August 2017

Io sono. Storie di schiavitù

original title:

IO SONO. STORIE DI SCHIAVITÙ

directed by:

screenplay:

Barbara Cupisti, Patrizia Todaro

cinematography:

editing:

production:

country:

Italy

year:

2011

film run:

61'

format:

colour

status:

Ready (24/08/2011)

festival & awards:

The stories of the protagonists are tales of slavery: Mohammad, who arrived in Italy at the age of 14, works and studies to repay the money owed for his journey; Dadir, from Somalia, arrived in Italy after paying for his passage no less than four times; Solomon, a former child soldier who fled the war in Somalia; Elizabeth, who has succeeded in making a life for herself, after informing against her pimps. Plus the stories of Kabir, Jennifer, Julia and many others. They arrive in Italy impelled by hunger, poverty, wars or a striving for an identity of their own, paying outrageous sums for the voyage to criminal organisations. With a desire to improve their lot, once in Italy they instead find they have to work in the underground economy, underpaid, or have even to prostitute themselves to repay their debts. From Crotone to Naples to Rome, the camera records their stories with the verses from Pasolini’s poem, Profezia.