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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

awards

Premio Speciale Centro Ricerca Narrative e Cinema (Efebo D'Oro 2020)

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Presskit

NEWS

THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN

in den österr. Kinos:

Stadtkino, Wien
Votiv Kino / De France, Wien
Admiral Kino, Wien
Actors Studio, Wien
Moviemento, Linz
Programmkino Wels
KIZ RoyalKino, Graz
Filmstudio Villach
Kino Kirchdorf (24.6)
Lichtspiele Lenzing (24.6.)
Kino Lambach (24.6.)
Kino Freistadt (24.6.)
Leokino (ab Juli)
Filmforum Bregenz (11.8.)

Sonderveranstaltungen:
in Anwesenheit der Filmemacherin
Sandra Wollner

23. Juni, 19:30 Uhr - Stadtkino Wien
30. Juni, 19:00 Uhr - Stadtkino, Wien

weitere Kinos folgen

WOOD - Der geraubte Wald

in den österr. Kinos:

Votiv Kino/De France, Wien
Top Kino, Wien
Admiral Kino, Wien
Actors Studio, Wien
Moviemento, Linz
Cinema Paradiso, St. Pölten
Cinema Paradiso, Baden
Geidorf Kunstkino, Graz
Kino im Kesselhaus, Krems (ab 25.6.)
Leokino, Innsbruck (ab Juli)

Sonderveranstaltungen:
in Anwesenheit der Filmemacherin
Ebba Sinzinger

21. Juni, 19:30 Uhr - Votiv Kino, Wien
23. Juni, 19:30 Uhr - Top Kino, Wien
30. Juni, 20:00 Uhr - Admiral Kino, Wien

weitere Kinos folgen

GLORY TO THE QUEEN

in den österr. Kinos:
Kino Katsdorf
Programmkino Wels
Moviemento, Linz

20.7.
Murinsel, Graz

NOMINIERUNGEN

Österreichischer Filmpreis

The Trouble With Being Born
- Bester Film
- Beste Regie
- Bestes Drehbuch
- Bestes Maskenbild
- Bester Ton/Sounddesign
- Beste Musik

Die Dohnal
- Bester Dokumentarfilm
- Bester Schnitt

Kurier-Romy

Glory to the Queen
- Beste Doku Kino

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FESTIVALS

GLORY TO THE QUEEN

will be screened at

Sotto Le Stelle Dell'Austria, IT 2021
9.00 pm, 1st July

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