Missione Grado

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Missione Grado

Missione Grado

original title:

Missione Grado



Massimo Locci


Carlo Christian Spano, Francesco Fedele





film run:





Ready (01/06/2016)

festivals & awards:

  • Los Angeles Cinefest 2015: Official Selection
  • MIFF, Milano International Film Festival 2015: Nomination Best Documentary and Best Editing
  • I Filmmaker International Film Festival - Marbella 2015: Special Mention
  • Hollywood Sky Film Festival 2015: Best Documentary
  • HIMPFF, Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival 2015: Winner Documentary Feature November Edition
  • 12Months Film Festival Romania2015: Winner Best Documentary Feature November Edition
  • Spotlight Film Awards 2015: Silver Award Winner
  • HIIDA, Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards 2015: Winner Documentary Feature Foreign
  • TMCLFF, TheModCon London Film Festival 2016: Best Foreign Documentary Nominee
  • DOFIFF Depth of Field International Film Festival2016: Award of Excellence and Exceptional Merit
  • The Impact DOCS Awards 2016: Winner Award of Excellence
  • Magwill International Film Festival 2016: Best Documentary Film Grant Award
  • NAFA, North American Film Awards 2016: Best International film
  • The Indie Fest Film Awards 2016: Winner Award of Merit - Special Mention
  • International Independent Film Awards IIFA Spring Session 2016: Winner Platinum Award
  • FAME'US International Film Festival 2016: Winner Silver Award
  • Accolade Global Film Competition 2016: Winner Award of Excellence
  • Hollywood Verge Film Awards 2016: Winner Best Documentary Feature - International
  • Star Doc Film Festival 2016: Winner Best Military Documentary
  • Indie Hype 2016: Best Documentary Nominee
  • Barcelona Film Festival 2016: Special Jury Prize Documentary
  • Hudson Valley International Film Festival 2016: Best Documentary Feature Foreign
  • Laughlin International Film Festival 2016: Best International Documentary
  • Yosemite International Film Festival 2016: Best Foreign Feature
  • HIFF Headline International Film Festival 2016: Award of Merit
  • Oregon International Film Awards 2016: Grand Jury Award
  • Accolade Global Film Competition 2016: Outstanding Achievement for Humanitarian Award

The film chronicles some military activities carried out by the Italian contingent in Herat and Bala Morghab, Afghanistan. The title of the movie is taken from a secret code assigned to a group of journalist, a name pronounced by a sergeant of the "San Marco" Battalion whose gaze is the protagonist of the first chapter. As seen through the sergeant eyes, we can absorb the very true feelings that will lead him on his return to be an enlightened person and overall all of his reality. The film features 9 chapters with an ink on paper aphorism design by the Iranian artist Roham Fayazi. These enchantingly crafted phrases embody an acute observation that confronts reality with the truth of each chapter. The film take us from, “Happiness consists in the mere waiting of itself”, a sharpshooter’s experiences and emotions while he stands guard on the roof of PRT in Herat. To, “In a land filed with blind men, the man with one eye is King”, a chapter dedicates to the Persistent Ground Surveillance Systems (GPSS). “The fruit of peace is always hanging on the tree of silence”, a chapter dedicated to the life in a Combat Out Post. Using different perspectives is a perfect storyteller mechanism which integrates context and tension of the life of these nine men. Within all wonders, this non-fictional film aims to not only grab the attention of a military audience, it rather appeals to captivate us with the beauty of each crescendo of testimonies of courageous soldiers in their outstanding mission.