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Riccardo, a boy of ten with Down syndrome, has one burning passion: the theatre. He lives in a backwater town, home to a small theatre company complete with Director, a noble inheritor of the small-town venue, and Mr. De Angelis, officially usher yet essentially jack-of-all-trades who regularly proposes the performances of the talented young actor, Mattia.
The youthful Riccardo sneaks into the theatre every afternoon, with the complicity of Mr. De Angelis, to witness his favourite actor, Mattia, in the flesh as he prepares for a show inspired by French actor and mime artist, Marcel Marceau. Mattia is the holder of a big secret, hidden from nearly everyone in the small town, the Director and the young Riccardo. The only one with any inkling is Mr. De Angelis.
The goal of "Volti", both direct and raw, is that of reflecting on issues of integration processes with the '"other", proposing an attempt to reflect on denied, yet necessary, moral processes, in order to arrive at a recognition of the "other".
The "otherness" specifically treated in the film is that of disability. The work thus proposes itself as an investigation of those integration mechanisms that may develop within the relationship between the able-bodied and the disabled, aiming to engage in reflection on the obstacles that may prevent integration as a concrete reality.
Such integration is, in this case, based on the weak boundary between ability/inability. It is for this reason, I believe, that the integration of the able-bodied and those with disabilities is, above all, a cultural and moral process. In recognizing the skills of others, the tangible proof of the instability of a boundary relating to the assumed unique ability of the able-bodied is borne out which, in turn, generates a real bias that prevents de facto relationships with the '"other".
I believe both human and existential potential must be cultivated with honesty. Rather than considering those with disabilities as exclusively representing an existence with evidence of a condition, we should perhaps feel a moral duty not to deny such conditions, maintaining a "reality principle" as well as recognizing untapped potential, the potential indiscriminately characterizing every life, every being: the human race itself.
It is the moral consideration of potential, of the existing concealed capacity of the individual with disabilities, and people in a general sense, which could shape real moral foundations and cultural integration.