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ReelEarth: A New Beginning in Sicily

Posted on 12/11/2018 12:00:00 AM in What We're Watching

A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:

Approximately one of every four people currently living in southern Sicily is an immigrant. American filmmakers Cecily Pingree and Lindsay Mann travel three hours from Syracuse to the cobblestone streets of the 1,330-person village of Sant’Angelo Muxaro, Italy to meet six such individuals. They are members of a recently arrived Sudanese family: 10-year-old Tasabih, her four younger siblings, and their mother Marian. They feel lucky to have found refuge and community here, with the help of a big-hearted Italian man named Pierfilippo and others. But the family’s future is uncertain. The missing father is stuck in Sudan. Anxiety abounds. As we watch Tasabih go through her daily routine—braiding her sister’s hair, helping her mother wash dishes, meeting up with a friend in the neighborhood—we wonder if she and her family will be able to continue to create a quiet, safe home here, or if their world will be shaken again. This quietly provocative and emotional film within the ReelEarth Collection also hints at other “new beginnings.” How does the arrival of this family—and many more—in Sicily introduce new beginnings for the people of Italy? Will they be beginnings of hopeful opportunity? Or fearful entrenchment? One response to this timely and globally relevant question is modeled within Sant’Angelo and Pierfilippo. A must watch.

Produced by Cecily Pingree

About David Conover:

David Conover, a long-term partner of O.A.T. and Grand Circle, is an award-winning filmmaker and conservationist whose work has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic Explorer. He is the founder of Compass Light Productions and the nonprofit Conservation Media Group, and was recently the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College. Learn more about David here.

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