Explore the 2019 programme below, either by browsing the separate sections, or looking at the timetable view.

Student showcases films made by the new generation of ethnographic filmmakers, often as part of doctoral projects
RAI/Basil Wright features the films competing for the top prizes at this year’s festival
Material Culture focuses on films with something to say about the way we engage with our material world
Intangible Culture explores worlds of music, dance, performance, and ritual
Special Interest explores a range of fascinating topics, including programmes with a special director or thematic focus
Shorts is new for 2019, and celebrates the best in short-form ethnographic filmmaking as a cauldron of innovation


Directed by
Alexandra D'onofrio

Countries of production
Italy United Kingdom

Year of production

52 minutes

28 March
Cinema 3, Watershed 1:20 PM

After living in Italy for almost ten years without documents, three Egyptian men - Ali, Mahmoud and Mohamed - are suddenly awarded legal residence. As a whole new world of opportunities open up to them, they revisit the ports where they arrived in Italy as teenagers after hazardous journeys across the Mediterranean. Here, difficult memories are intertwined with fantasies about what could be, or could have been, and their possible new lives. Through creative collaborative filmmaking that waves animation, theatre and storytelling with documentary images, we are able delve deep into the memories and imaginations of these young men.

Director Alexandra D'onofrio will attend the screening and take part in a Q&A.

Location(s) depicted
Milan Lampedusa Sicily Porto Nogaro (Udine)

Language(s) of film subjects