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A Black Jesus

DE 2020, 92 min, Luca Lucchesi

In Siculiana, a small Sicilian town in the province of Agrigento, the statue of a black Jesus has been venerated for centuries. On May 3rd, the crucifix is carried on the shoulders of chosen devotees in procession through the crowded streets of the town. On this occasion, hundreds of Siculianesi emigrants return from every part of Italy and abroad to pay homage to their patron saint.

In 2014, Villa Sikania, a hotel on the verge of bankruptcy, was converted by the owners into a reception centre for asylum seekers. At the height of the migrant crisis the centre hosted up to 1000 guests – a third of the local population. However, few Siculianesi have ever exchanged a single word with them.

The Siculianesi, who have always been a population of emigrants, have to deal with an exodus of young people and therefore with the lack of a workforce. One possible answer to the town's problems could be the young migrants present at Villa Sikania: their willingness to undertake any honest work could revive the fate of Siculiana. But their status as asylum seekers makes it impossible for them to make short or long-term plans or to obtain employment contracts. Siculianesi and migrants remain divided, not speaking with each other out of fear, but also because the Italian government has not attempted to create a fruitful dialogue between these two different faces of poverty.

The drowsy stagnancy of Siculiana is stirred up by the arrival of Edward, a 19-year old migrant from Ghana. He is immediately fascinated by the figure of the black Jesus, who he discovers for the first time during the 2018 procession. Edward decides to challenge the indifference of the Siculianesi. He asks them for the greatest honour: to participate, together with his friends Peter and Samuel, as bearers of the black Jesus statue during the celebrations of May 3rd.

Dialogue and understanding finally seem possible. But how much power do individuals and communities really have, within a system designed to divide rather than unite?

The result of two years of immersive research within the community of Siculiana, A BLACK JESUS is a modern parable about the fragile path towards equality and brotherhood among all human beings.

 

festivals

UNAFF 2020, US | DOK Leipzig 2020, DE | This Human World FF 2020, AT | Efebo D'Oro 2020, IT | MIFF Awards 2020, IT | Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 2021, DE | Bolzano Film Festival 2021, IT | Visions du Réel 2021, CH | Hot Docs 2021, CA | CPH:DOX 2021, DK | San Sebastian Human Rights FF 2021, ES | Doku Bazaar 2021, SI | Festival of Tolerance 2021, HR | Sole Luna Doc 2021, IT | Beyond Borders Int. Documentary Festival 2021, GR | Astra Film Festival 2021, RO | Docs Against Gravity 2021, PL

awards

Premio Speciale Centro Ricerca Narrative e Cinema (Efebo D'Oro 2020) | Best Sound design and High school student ward - Best doc (Sole Luna Doc 2021) | Special Jury Prize (Beyond Borders Int. Documentary Festival 2021)
 

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NEWS

A BLACK JESUS

Sondervorstellungen:

1.10.
Wohnprojekt, Wien
in Koop. mit dem Integrationshaus
Filmstudio Villach
in Koop. mit UNHCR/Langer Tag der Flucht

10.11.
Leokino, Innsbruck
in Koop. mit der Stadt Innsbruck

10.12.
Moviemento, Linz
in Koop. mit Südwind OÖ, Arcobaleno und Migrare

ab 1. Oktober österreichweit
in den Kinos

Village Cinema Wien Mitte, Wien
Top Kino, Wien 
Kino im Kesselhaus, Krems 
Moviemento, Linz
Programmkino Wels
Geidorf Kunstkino, Graz
KIZ Royalkino, Graz
Leokino, Innsbruck

Filmpodium, Biel/Bienne
(8./10./12./14./17.10.)

weitere Kinos folgen

HINTER DEN SCHLAGZEILEN

ab 10. September österreichweit
in den Kinos

in Kooperation mit dem Antikorruptionsbegehren:

16.9., 20.00 Uhr - Leokino, Innsbruck
18.9., 18.30 Uhr - Kino im Kesselhaus, Krems

in den österreichischen Kinos:

Filmcasino, Wien
Votiv Kino/De France, Wien
Actors Studio, Wien
CineCenter, Wien
Top Kino, Wien (ab 17.9.)
Kino im Kesselhaus, Krems (18.9.)
Moviemento, Linz
Programmkino, Wels
Das Kino, Salzburg
KIZ Royalkino, Graz
Annenhof Kino, Graz
Volkskino Klagenfurt (13.-16.9.)
Leokino, Innsbruck
Rio Kino, Feldkirch (ab 17.9.)
Lichtspiele Lenzing (ab 23.9.)
Filmkulturclub Dornbirn (13./14.10.)
Filmbühne Waidhofen/Ybbs (1./2.12.)

weitere Kinos folgen

ÖSTERR. FILMPREISE 2021

 

The Trouble With Being Born

- Bester Film
- Beste Regie
- Bestes Maskenbild
- Bester Ton/Sounddesign

Die Dohnal

- Bester Dokumentarfilm
- Bester Schnitt

WEITERE KINOTERMINE

The Trouble With Being Born
15./21./23./28.9.Breitenseer Lichtspiele, Wien
18./24.9., Spielboden Dornbirn
27.9., Filmhaus, Wien
6.10., Admiral Kino
17.11., Filmklub Wieselburg

Wood - Der geraubte Wald
17./23.9., Kino Millstatt
15.10., Klima & Umwelt Filmtage Baden
20.10., Literatur im Kino, Langenlois
21.10., Cinema Paradiso, St. Pölten
24.10., Apollo Kino Stockerau

Glory to the Queen
3./10./17./24.10., Kino Xenix, Zürich

Die Dohnal
4.10., Horizontale, Straden
3.11., Dieselkino, Leibnitz

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FESTIVALS

A BLACK JESUS

will be screened at

Festival Internazionale Cinema di Frontiera, IT 2021
16th September

WEIYENA - The Long March Home

will be screened at

Biennale Bavaria - Festival des Neuen Heimatfilms, DE 2021
16th & 17th Sepember

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