19 July 2018

My Home, In Libya

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directed by:


Stefilm, Rai Cinema, Arte, ZDF, with the support of Regione Piemonte - Piemonte Doc Film Fund, Film Commission Torino Piemonte





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Ready (11/07/2018)

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Antonio Melilli is one of the 20.000 Italians forced to leave Libya in 1969, after the Gadhafi coup d’état. He was born and he grew up in Tripoli from the '30s to the 60's, when Libya was an Italian colony.
Starting from her grandfather's memories, the director Martina Melilli draws a map of the city and its locations of the past and tries to relocate them in the present with the help of a young Libyan living in Tripoli, Mahmoud. Martina and Mahmoud have met only on internet but this new friendship reveals the difficulties of living in Tripoli and communicating with the world since the militia took over.
This work is about the feeling of belonging, the memory and how this can be processed through the brain like the images are processed and compressed through digital means.

This film is about a deprivation, which has a great substance in the images as well as in the emotional aspects of each of the three characters involved. The object of this deprivation it’s called Tripoli and it’s much more than a physical place. What the characters of this story have in common is the loss of home-feeling meant as an intimate space where one feels free to move, to interact with a community, to put him/herself in relation with the outside starting from a comfort zone. Historical memory of a never-enough well known time - the colonial one - and current events are intertwined in the personal lives, in those streets that the eye track back through a smartphone and the words recall through the memory. The medium that brings together these two dimensions is as essential as possible and it’s represented by a Facebook chat. A daily gestures now deeply rooted in the common routine of the present generations, surely lacking of aesthetic value, which through this film reaches a “poetical” condition being able to sew together the stories of the three different characters.