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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.

 

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NEWS

THIS LAND IS MY LAND

Premieren und Sonderveranstaltungen
in Anwesenheit der Filmemacherin:

6.10., 19:30 Uhr Cine Center, Wien
3.11., 19:00 Uhr culturcentrum wolkenstein Stainach

in den österr. Kinos:

Haydn Kino, Wien
Apollo Kino, Wien
Village Cinema, Wien
KIZ RoyalKino, Graz
Leokino, Innsbruck
City Kino Steyr
Top Kino, Wien
Breitenseer Lichtspiele, Wien
Annenhof Kino, Graz
Kino Oberpullendorf
Cine Center, Wien

3./9.10. Spielboden Dornbirn
6./19.10. Karlstorkino, Heidelberg
13.10. Kronen Kino, Mistelbach
ab 29.10. Kinemathek Karlsruhe

3.11. dekArTe, Wiener Neustadt
3./4.11. Lungauer Kulturvereinigung

DAS FIEBER

Premieren und Sonderveranstaltungen
in Anwesenheit der Filmemacherin:

1.10. Stadtkino Wien
7.10. Kino im Kesselhaus, Krems
8.10. Filmclub Schrems
26.11. Filmforum Bregenz
27.11. Spielboden Dornbirn

in den österr. Kinos:

Stadtkino Wien
KIZ Royalkino, Graz
Volkskino Klagenfurt
Leokino, Innsbruck
City Kino Steyr
Village Cinema, Wien
Cinema Paradiso, St. Pölten
Moviemento, Linz
Kino Freistadt

9.10. Kino im Kesselhaus, Krems

5.12. Spielboden Dornbirn

DIE DOHNAL Frauenministerin / Feministin / Visionärin

in den österr. Kinos:

Actors Studio, Wien

1.10. die künstlerei, Tamsweg
5.10. Kino im Kurhaus, Bad Aussee
6.10. Stadtkino Gmunden
ab 7.10. Cinema Dornbirn
9./10.10. Kino Hasewend
ab 25.10. EU XXL - Die Reihe
ab 28.10. Filmforum Bregenz
ab 30.10. Stadtkino Center Ternitz

2.11. Horizontale, Straden
16.11. Amtshaus, Josefstadt

9.12. Remise, Bludenz

AWARDS

 

FIRST STEPS AWARDS 2020

THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN
Bester abendfüllender Spielfilm

HEIMATFILMFESTIVAL 2020

WEIYENA - EIN HEIMATFILM
Best Documentary Award

DIAGONALE 2020

THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN
Großer Diagonale Preis -
Bester Spielfilm,
Beste künstlerische Montage,
Bestes Sounddesign,
Diagonale Schauspielpreis (Dominik Warta),
Thomas Pluch Drehbuchpreis

DIE DOHNAL
Großer Diagonale Preis -
Bester Dokumentarfilm,
Preis für außergewöhnliche Produktionsleistung

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FESTIVALS

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will be screened at

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4.30 pm, 3rd October
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CinEast Film Festival, LU 2020
7.00 pm, 19th October

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