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Music and cinema come together in an innovative  event, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the narrative documentary festival founded by Giovanna Taviani in 2007.


With a program in which the sounds and colors of the south, from Naples to Palermo, to the coast of Africa, are the protagonists. A new way to look at the drama that our sea has  passed through for years, telling a different story, of freedom and emancipation, which  already push us into the future.

Fuocoammare-filmMA(D)RE MEDITERRANEO is the title chosen for the International Competition SDF 2016. And here there are the six films selected by the direction with the advice of Federico Rossin (Cinéma du Réel) and Ludovica Fales (Italian representative of EWA-European Women’s Audiovisual Network) , and with the collaboration of Sandro Nardi: a preview, Due Sicilie (Italy, 2016, 62 ‘) by Alessandro Piva, a real and love movie dedicated to  the actual island  and the one of the past; it is a national premiere, They Will Have To Kill Us First (Great Britain, 2015, 105 ‘) by Johanna Schwartz, leading us among the musicians of Mali, in the fight against Islamic extremism and repression; Dans ma Tête a Rond-Point (France, Algeria, Qatar, Lebanon, Netherlands, 2015, 100 ‘), by Hassen Ferhani (regional premiere), which gives voice to the singing of anger and hope of the slaughterhouse’s workers in Algiers. On Friday, June 10 it will be screened Sponde. (banks)  (Italy, 2015, 60 ‘) by Irene Dionisio, the story of an unusual friendship between two men who write letters while they live in  two opposite shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Zarzis (Tunisia) and Lampedusa (Italy).

On Sunday, in cooperation with the Biografilm Festival, it will be screened Les Sauteurs (Denmark, 2016, 80 ‘) by Estephan lgeriWagner, Moritz Siebert, Abou Bakar Sidibè, the  story of Abou, a migrant blocked in front of the wall in Melilla, a Spanish enclave on the African territory, and Shashamane (Italy, 2016, 80 ‘) by Giulia Amati, the return journey of men and women to the city of Shashamane, Ethiopia, 400 years after the beginning of slavery and the African diaspora.

SicilyJass-filmThe competition will end with the final award of the Tasca d’Almerita Prize, chosen by a jury composed by the director Leonardo Di Costanzo, the British film critic Lee Marshall and Andrea Purgatori, screenwriter and journalist. The most voted from the public will win the  Signum Award. Best Editing Award – AMC, will be assigned by the Associazione Montaggio Cinematografico e televisivo, the  jury is composed by Ilaria Fraioli, Luca Carrera, Luca Gasparini, Annalisa Forgione and Paolo Petrucci.

A great news is the National contest, Sicilia.Doc, with which the SDF pays tribute to the land that host the festival, with its culture, its traditions and its people. In the jury Maria Cuffaro (RAI TG3 Rai), Salvatore Cusimano (Rai Sicily) and Mario Di Caro (Republic Palermo): Magic Island (Italy, 2016, 111 ‘) by Marco Amenta;  Sicily jass (Italy, 2015, 73 ‘) by Michele Cinque; Triokala (Italy, 2015, 75 ‘) by Leandro Picarella,’ U Ferru (Italy, 2015, 70 ‘) by Marco Leopardi. The winner will be awarded with the Prize Irritec. A section of the festival will be dedicated to docu-short, with the third edition of the Video Contest SDF – Isole Utopia. In jury Luca Rosini (director), Ivo Basile (Tasca d’Almerita), Linda Sidoti (Councillor for Culture of the town of Santa Marina Salina).

Shashamane-film“We closed the last edition speaking of conflicts and suburbs- reminds Giovanna Taviani – We still had the broken and interrupted images of  the war in Syria, when the Syrian conflict has become unsustainable and from the European Parliament in Brussels, where the Salinadocfest  was hosted  last November with a Syrian love story, has called to Europe  for a solution to the conflict in the Middle East. On the same days at the Bataclan in Paris dozens of young  died in a nightclub, and a few months later, in the heart of Brussels, other young people, lost in the desert of Western prosperity, made other choices and opted for the road of hate. It is at that point that our imagination has had enough and has triggered the emergency brake of Benjamin’s memory, then as now, is acting in the important moments of the history train. If cinema and literature have the prophetic power to anticipate the future, let’s flip the horizon with the strength of the documentary, and to postulate, behind the chain of ruin and destruction, a different scenario. So  then is the theme Madre Mediterraneo/L’Altro Mediterraneo, indicating a new utopian thinking, crazy and antagonist, who says other and refers to something else, as in the island of Utopia of Thomas More, of which today, together with the ‘ Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto, we celebrate the five hundredth anniversary. We can no longer stand by and watch. We must be witness.”

SDF will open on Tuesday, June 7th, with the Mediterranean Prize offered by Lady Wilmar to Gianfranco Rosi, for the film Fuocoammare, Golden Bear 2016, special event Opening of the SDF. Corrado Formigli will interview the director in connection from London on the theme: “Lampedusa between reportage and cinema of the real”, and the editor Jacopo Quadri  will present exclusively a selection of unpublished parts of the film.

Les-sauters-filmIn the program a particular attention will be reserved to the relationship between cinema, theater and literature, with the awarding of the Prize Ravesi From Text the Screen to Mimmo Cuticchio  (Wednesday, June 8th), chosen by the Management and by the Honor Festival Committee, composed of Romano Luperini, Giorgio and Mario Palumbo, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Bruno Torri. Other important events will be the Focus Algeria:  L’Altro Mediterraneo (8th/10th June) with the Filmmakers Malek Bensmail (Contre-Pouvoirs, 2015) Tarek Sami (Chantier A, 2013) and Lamine Ammar Khodja (Bla cinima, 2014). A generation of young artists that have struggled between the state censorship,and who made of the Mediterranean freedom their flag.

There will also  be a window on the fiction film, Sguardi di Cinema, with Perfetti sconosciuti by Paolo Genovese (June 11th), who will be present at the screening, together with the protagonist Kasia Smutniak and the  producer Domenico Procacci, and a tribute to Ettore Scola, with the screening of  Ridendo e  scherzando by Paola and Silvia Scola (12th of June), at the presence of the directors.

DJ DELTAMusica.Doc (8th/10th of  June) is the space dedicated to the music documentary. It is Scheduled the screening of Numero Zero. The origins of Italian rap (Italy 2015) by Enrico Bisi, guest, together with director and independent distributor for Wanted Anastasia Plazzotta, Dj Double S, one of the protagonists; the film of J. Demme Enzo Avitabile Music Life (Italy, 2012), followed by the live concert of the Neapolitan saxophonist, Passione (Italy, 2010) by John Turturro, with the presentation of writer and musicologist Federico Vacalebre. Among the events of Live Music, DJ set of DJ Delta (8th and  10th of June), Marco Selvaggio and his amazing ‘hang ‘, Enzo Avitabile in concert (June 9th), La Piccola Orchestra delle Cose Belle created by Agostino Ferrente and directed by Valerio Vigliar (June 11th), who will present the new CD Guaglione, played by Enzo Della Volpe in preview. For the final evening of June 12th, the band  Tamuna, with their folk rock sound and a preview of some songs from the new album. Guest of honor, Diego Bianchi in Zoro art, with Gazebo in Salina.