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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.



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 | Festival Internazionale Cinema Di Frontiera 2021, IT | Doclisboa 2021, PT | Swidnica Film Festival 2021, PL | Sydney Film Festival 2021, AU | Calgary Justice Film Festival 2021, CA | Tenemos Que Ver 2021, UY | PriMed 2021, FR | Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival 2022, US | Foça International Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Documentary Film Days 2022, TR


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) | Audience Award (Swidnica Film Festival 2021) | Broadcasting Award RAI (PriMed 2021, FR)





Screenings im Februar

Cinéfête 2024 – Institut français d'Autriche-Vienne

Leokino Innsbruck
KIZ Royal Graz
Moviemento Linz
Programmkino Wels
Votivkino Wien
Das Kino Salzburg

Fanni Amann Tage – Laurentiussaal Schnifis
24. Februar, 10 Uhr
Film | Gespräch Agnes Karrasch | Kulinarik

Grätzelmix – Grätzel:Kino
29. Februar, 19:00 Uhr
Filmvorführung & Diskussion mit Ebba Sinzinger (Regie) Ursula Bittner (Greenpeace)


Premieren-Tour mit Regisseur Rubén Abruña

22. Februar
Leokino Innsbruck

20 Uhr – TICKETS

23. Februar

10:10 Uhr Schulkino Premiere 
20:15 Uhr Wien-Premiere – TICKETS

25. Februar
Apollo - Das Kino

13 Uhr Matinee mit Podiumsdiskussion – TICKETS

26. Februar
Schulkino im BORG Deutsch Wagram

27. Februar
Kino Freistadt

20 Uhr OÖ Premiere – TICKETS

28. Februar
City Kino Steyr
20 Uhr Screening mit Rubén Abruña – TICKETS

29. Februar
Climate Lab Vienna (powered by Deep Purple)

17 Uhr Screening und Podiumsdiskussion – TICKETS

9. März
11 Uhr (Brunch), 13 Uhr Screening
Vorarlberg-Premiere beim Human Vision Filmfestival – TICKETS

ab 23. Februar folgenden Kinos
top Kino Wien
Apollo - Das Kino, Wien
Admiral Kino, Wien
Leokino Innsbruck
Metropol Kino, Innsbruck
KIZ Royal Graz
Moviemento Linz
Volkskino Klagenfurt (Previews ab jetzt)
City Kino Steyr
Kino im Kesselhaus Krems
Spielboden Dornbirn (Human Vision)

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will be screened at

FIFDH, CH 2024
6:30 pm, 14th March - followed by a discussion
9:30 pm, 16th March


will be screened at 

The Gilmore International Piano Festival, USA 2024
12 pm, 30th April 


will be screened at

IDFA Vondelpark, NL 2024
7.30 pm, 21st February


BERLINALE / EFM (15 - 20 February)
Christa Auderlitzky 

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