DECEMBER SCREENINGS: Focus on Italian Documentary

This month, Exile Room is taking a step back in time, linking the past with the future of Italian Documentary. More than half a century divides 50s auteur Vittorio De Seta’s mini masterpieces and Victoria Fiore’s promising non-fiction debut, both shot in the South, but their temperament remains undeniably Italian and thoroughly cinematic. Not to be missed!


The screenings are part of the Docs in Exile 2023-24 Documentary Festival, which is implemented under the auspices and with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture.

Hide and Seek

Entoni is 10 years old and lives every day as if it were his last. That’s the way it’s been done for generations in his family, and that’s the way they roll in the Spanish quarter, one of Naples’ toughest neighbourhoods, where he lives. Victoria Fiore’s ultra stylish debut follows him and his family over four years. Can he break the dark legacy?

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The lost world of Vittorio De Seta

Deeply enchanted by the unimaginable hardship of rural life, Vittorio De Setta made a legendary string of short documentaries about the fishermen, miners, shepherds and farmers of Sicily, Sardinia and Calabria, that made them look like martyrs, ready to sacrifice their life in the name of survival. Heralded by Martin Scorsese as “an anthropologist who speaks with the voice of a poet,” his miniature marvels stand as essential records of a vanished world.

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