February 11, 2014 § Leave a comment
As a film maker and as a assaulted woman (by a close so called “friend”) I thank my colleague Eléonore Pourriat of this short film. Watching this film I experienced my very deep feelings such as catharsis and relief. Men should really experience that, in order to understand what women have to see during their life. It is outrageous that not only women are sexual harassments and assault’s victims but also they have to face ignorant people’s stereotypes and doubts about guilty. It is disgusting. There is no possibility for men who are extremely ignorant and close minded to really figure out what women feel. The only way to help them in this path is to show them this film, which really is worth it and I strongly recommend it!
November 14, 2013 § Leave a comment
As usually happens I discover most of the must see films on Democracy Now – democracynow.org. Today Amy Goodman draw our attention to Film Producer Amy Ziering who explained how they are fighting to obtain a law against rape in the army environment. At the very beginning of Amy Ziering talk I thought I didn’t understand. To me, it was unbelievable that such a reality was something hidden and still possible in a so called “developed country”. Then I saw few minutes of film sequence and I was immediately grateful to people who decided to speak about this unspeakable reality. This truth is very well depicted in Invisible War film.
Invisible War has been shown in many Film Festivals such as Sundance, where it won the audience award; Dallas Film Festival, Seattle film festival as best documentary; winner at Human rights watch film festival; winner at Province Town film festival.
I hope it will be possible to watch this film as soon as possible. I hope it will be possible to buy it online. I hope spreading the world will be useful not only to be able to watch it, but alsto to contribute to take action. Something that is vital right now. Dear producers, thank you so much for this film. Lilithwork.
About my experience in finding my website stolen and used with my name an phone number near porn videos.
August 9, 2013 § Leave a comment
I am writing something not directing related to documentaries films but extremely important about being advocate of personality rights such as reputation and privacy of individuals.
Doing a research I came across one my old websites which was supposed to be off line at least for more than 3 years. Not only it was weird to find it online but also it was used in a completely misleading way, with links to porn video and photos, a link to a design furniture shop and worse thing, my name and my phone number where there, close to an email that I never knew.
I asked my husband, who works in the web filed, to double check and he confirmed this old website was stolen and badly reused. Therefore he looked for the registration of the owners and the domain.
When we discovered this company was registered in London we called Fraud Police http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ and we reported that fact. They were really polite and kind and I felt really good. They spent a lot of time with me on the phone asking me details in a very sensible and sensitive way.
Before ending the call police advisor suggested to me something that was simple and solving at the same time, they told me to write direct to email of fake owner and to whom hosted the website. I considered this real naive but I did it anyway.
The day after I was extremely surprised to get an email from a fourth different address which I haven’t had contacted before in reply to mine, which apologized and promised to remove the website in 24 hours. I asked in this email who was who, but no reply. After two hours, the same person wrote to me apologizing again and telling me that the website was removed. All this was very fishy, I mean, how did this person got my email? How did they got my old website? Why they put my name close to porn video? Why using my website with an email which does not exist? No reply to that, but overall, my name and my phone number and my old website were removed. And that’s great.
I called back the police to update them. It was all so quick that I suggest to try to write to people in the case stolen web pages and/or personal details. Sometimes, as in my case, it solves the problem. Even, of course, this problem should not exist at all if people would more respectful of others privacy and reputation.
August 7, 2013 § Leave a comment
I wonder why people do not speak about this black and white film as it deserves. I guess this is because it is considered not so fashionable and funny as many as other films with Audrey Hepburn are, such as How to steal a million or Sabrina. That’s a pity because this film is a actual masterpiece. It faces reality of love and fear back in 1961. I guess it was hard for people who were in love with people of the same sex. This film conveys that matter in an in-depth way.
Scene is almost always indoor. It takes place in a feminine boarding school where one of the students mad at teachers gossips about the fact that they are lesbians and spreads this word. Immediately reputation of teachers and school are ruined. Students leave and school closes. This case arrives in court and Karen – Audrey Hepburn looses her boyfriend who disappears after realizing that he does not trust her.
When things are fallen apart, Martha-Shirley MacLaine confesses her love for Karen-Audrey Hepburn. This confessions opens eyes of spectators not only towards maliciousness of people but also to intolerance for people of the same sex who love each other. A tender feeling of a co-worker becomes the reason for the failure of many lives. How is this possible? How can people transform something good and constructive as love is in a sound tragedy? This film has no merci towards bad people who live chatting on the back of the others because this behavior can be fatal and disastrous.
Based on a true story, written for theatre, this pièce became a film in 1961. And it is astonishing. It is a brave film that explains how people can even kill someone just whispering. The upfront approach prevents people who are seeing this film to avoid reality.
As for aesthetic, classical style gives this film even more strength psychologically speaking. We are used to watch film which are shot with a frenetic camera as if video could express more sympathy for what happens, like Lars Von Trier taught. In this case friction between what spectator expects to see and what actually happens is so strong that result is people are obliged to reflect a lot about what they have just seen. And that’s a great goal even if director could not forecast this while he was shooting it. One says to himself “hey, this is a classical film, it can not happen something strong which can create scandal, can it?”. When the unpredictable happens, people are shocked. And this is good for giving people the opportunity to think and rethink about this film.
Nowadays cinema has lost the power of making people think. Quality films are not produced or distributed apart from the ones of the festivals for a niche. Good news is that we can find many gorgeous films like this one on the Internet. Old films that can help people to face reality and think about what is good and what is not good. It is amazing to see stars like Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine involved in such a topic. I think in a way they have done a lot for this issue playing this film. Thank you both!
April 15, 2013 § Leave a comment
October 25, 2012 § Leave a comment
Di seguito l’elenco delle città dove è possibile partecipare al Sit-in del 29 Ottobre. dalle 9.00
– Palermo davanti al Carcere dei Pagliarelli, via Bachelet 32
– Ascoli in Via G.Falcone e P.Borsellino angolo P.zza S. Orlini – Tribunale di Ascoli
– Bologna Piazza dei Tribunali 4, Palazzo di Giustizia https://www.facebook.com/events/125638334251801/
– Cagliari P.zza della Repubblica 18, davanti al Tribunale
– Lecce Viale De Pietro, davanti al Tribunale
– Milano C.so di P.ta Vittoria – davanti al Tribunale
– Roma, Pzzle Clodio, davanti al tribunale
– Torino c.so Vittorio Emanuele 130 – Palazzo di Giustizia Bruno Caccia
– Udine in via Crispi, a fianco del Tribunale https://www.facebook.com/events/425369067524796/
– Venezia Campo Bella Vienna – Tribunale di Rialto
June 27, 2012 § Leave a comment
Proud of Italian Cinema Heritage, something in Italy to be proud of aside, I always enjoy watching Italian films again and again and again. Every single time it is a better one. Italian independent films are so delicate and well acted and perfectly written and poetic and profound and nice that every time it is a new better experience. This is great cinema. When film starts one feels to be in front of something unique and special. Something time can not erase. Something unforgettable. A part of history. I have been thinking about Una giornata particolare by Ettore Scola which is really deep and insightful. It makes me laugh, it makes me cry, it makes me think and reflect. Metaphorically speaking It will be evergreen forever because it constantly renews itself. This film which analyses Nazi-fascist period in Italy, racial laws and mistreatment against gay people, speaks about those issues between the lines. On the surface it talks about a fascist wife who realizes not only she is a mother and a housekeeper but also she is a person spending time with his neighbor who doesn’t attend a fascist parade in Rome City centre because he fights fascist regime. Some words between Sofia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni create an atmosphere which speaks for itself. We do not need to see fascist parade to understand such awful violence both woman and man are living. This film is so moving and sublime that it can absolutely be considered a masterpiece. This is not the case of films like Magnolia which I watched many years ago when it was awarded at Berlinale. Some years after I can state this film is a already old boring ridiculous film. It is so full of bad words which satisfy a teenager famine of shocking deliberately that I can not cope it. Julienne Moore aside, the rest is nothing. It is a pity to see that money is spent to leave nothing. This is a film really well-known with fantastic reputation. Nothing remains about period when it was shot. It just epitomises the lack of ability of writing and a worrying lack of topics to talk about. I strongly am convinced that It is not enough to speak about decay and decline to be an interesting and well-done film. Unfortunately some Europeans think that a film is a masterpiece just because it is American and it speaks about decay, due to their exoticism. I do not go along with them. I still think that Italian and French cinema can teach Hollywood writers how to write a film, don’t they?
June 7, 2012 § Leave a comment
Producing documentary films is something more than putting together some images. It is a way of doing research, to me. Documentarian film makers usually follows path a researcher does. First of all they look for a subject they are interested in. Secondly they put together things apparently have no point to be together. Thirdly they write down a proposal which combines such apparently different things. After that they develop those ideas following a path chosen to reply a answer author nurtures as the most important question related to the subject. That will be structure for any continuity. Developing both a research and a documentary film one should ask herself or himself Am I answering my main question interviewing those people or would be better to speak to those others? I am convinced a documentarian with a relevant experience is part of the academic environment even if she or he is not actually working with Universities. Universities should give value to documentarian film makers in order to support and make documentarian people recognized as much as they deserve. For instance I had the pleasure of speaking of my experience as a documentarian to IJEP and I felt significantly recognized and listened. I felt as if I finally were part of my environment I have been always been with, which is the most committed to explore and talk about subjects just a University can develop. Here is the link to buy my IJEP Interview.
Interview with Movie Producer and Director Andrée Rossi Maroso on the Use of the Internet to Support Her Artistic and Political Work
Celia Romm Livermore (Wayne State University, USA)
To obtain a copy of the entire interview, click on the link below.
To read a PDF sample of this interview, click on the link below.
May 25, 2012 § Leave a comment
The day one decides one wants to change her or his life because one is fed up of a country where there is no room for people with excellent skills and attitudes, who want to contribute to society for common good, nowadays that is absolutely complicated.
I have been exploring western world living in many areas such as New York, The Netherlands, Tuscany, London and Milan and I can sum up many concerns I have about equal opportunities or even about opportunities per se.
I have been reading a article which compares Schools in Finland and in the USA. I read Italy differently from Finland finds itself at the 29th place in terms of PISA tests. Some months ago I read people from the North of Italy are as good as their peers in the rest of Europe in such a test. I was born in Milan, I attended good catholic school but people abroad consider my passport and not my study career, I am afraid.
When I read those articles I am shocked. I feel as if I grew up in a third world country. But then I realize they are not talking about me. No article talks about me and about Italian people who are competitive and who have excellent skills. Despite the fact that I studied a lot and I never gave up because I believe in lifelong learning, I realize Italy and Italians are always considered as ignorant and lazy people. This is not true for some people, who are obliged to leave that awful country. We are destined to move from country to country without rest because of our passport ,which declares something false. There are a lot of people who are not Italians despite their passport, if Italian means ignorant, lazy, mafia, machiavellian, cheating, narrow minded, not reliable, stuck in the past people.
January 3, 2012 § Leave a comment
Aura is not so beautiful girl to be the most important character of the film and her beautiful friend is absolutely odd and just silly. Aura has just come back home from her college, just graduated, just arrived, just not part of the family anymore.
This amazing independent film is really well directed and shot. Lights are inspiring and locations are empty like Aura’s life. Aura’s mother embodies perfect not freak anymore mother who reached success doing photos and who doesn’t know how to be a mother at all. She only put her just arrived daughter in the position of feeling a loser because she is a good professional and the daughter isn’t.
Failures and failures after going back home. That’s life for new generation who can not find room for working, leaving, paying bills, having babies because there is economical crisis and there is no job for anyone young at all.
At least, mother gives a roof and food and fuel. That’s great. Even when Nora tries to be hostess at the restaurant. Sadly she earns 179 dollars and something. She can’t be compared with her mother who didn’t even tried to have a different job during her life. She didn’t need to do that because when she was the same age of her daughter there were room for people who wanted to be photographer to live. Good for her, bad for Aura, and for us.
Entering the adult age without hope is not so easy. Thank you the director for conveying this situation so well. This is a lovely film and even credits are extremely cute.