Palestine for Beginners 

The Sentimental Education of a Rockabilly Bass Player




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Zimmy loves to do two things in life: play the bass with his band, the Lou del Bello’s, and hang out in the city that he loves, Bologna. This time, though, his band members throw him for a loop: they organize a trip to teach music to kids in a Palestinian refugee camp. Can Zimmy turn them down? Obviously not: he goes and brings with him his friend Berna, a cook.

In Palestine Zimmy does just fine and in fact he develops a bond with a family, the Azzahs: Mohanned, his sister Mirna and their grandmother Um Yunis. While Berna tours the markets of every stripe to discover Palestinian flavors, Zimmy can’t understand why the Azzah family can’t go back to their village, Bejit Jibrin, from which they were banished in 1948. So he decides to go there himself, leaving behind the guys in his band …


A film by The Lou del Bello's
                Written by 
Jacopo Bonvicini, Emilio Distretti, Francesco Merini
Directed by Francesco Merini
Produced by The Lou del Bello's
In collaboration with Cicco Corporation, Mammut Film
Starring Simone Zimmy Martini, Bernardo Bolognesi, Mirna Al Azzeh
Executive Producer Chiara Cremonini
Executive Producer in Palestine Caterina Donattini
Original Music by Alessandro e Carlo Tumscitz
Camera Operators Jacopo Bonvicini, Francesco Merini
Supervision of the Photography Daria D'Antonio
3rd Camera Operator Tommaso De Feo
Sound Recordists Tommaso De Feo, Alberto Martini, Matteo Tarozzi
Sound Editor and mix Enzo Cimino
Editor Francesco Merini
Translations Jonathan Mullins, Emilio Distretti, Chiara Cremonini
Time Lenght 60'
Year 
2012
Distribution Mammut Film

Festival
Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival 2013
Bari International Film Festival 2013
    Ravenna, Per non morire di televisione 2013
Hai visto mai? 2012
    Terra di Tutti Film Festival 2013
         Trani Film Festival 2013
    Salerno Doc Festival 2013
    Kantun Winka 2013
    Ovest.doc, Genova 2013
    Al Ard Doc Film Festival, Cagliari 2013
    Mitreo Film Festival 2013

Prizes
    Special Mention at Al Ard Doc Film Festival

Theatres
    Doc in Tour 2013, 11 replies
Cinema Lumière della Cineteca di Bologna, 10 replies
    November 2012, January 2013
    
Screenings
Genova, Scuola Assarotti (29-05-2014)
    Reggio Emilia, Ghirba - Biosteria della Gabella (14-05-2014)
Brindisi, Circolo Arci Zero (27-04-2014)
Genova, Giardini Luzzati (03-04_2014)
    Roma, Pigneto Spazio Aperto (02-08-2013)
Cesenatico (FC), Bagno Andrea 12 (04-07-2013)
Ostia (Roma), Gasparri 28 (15-06-2013)
Genova, Che Festival (08-06-2013)
Ruvo di Puglia (BA), La Mancha (04-06-2013)
Bologna, Liceo Copernico (28-05-2013)
Palermo, Cinema De Seta (18-05-2013)
Correggio (RE), Sala Conferenze Recordati (13-05-2013)
Lecce, Manifatture Knos (11-05-2013)
    Erba (CO), Sala Civica Villa Ceriani Bressi (05-05-2013)
    Como, Centro Pastorale Cardianl Ferrari (03-05-2013)
    Cantù (CO), Oratorio San Paolo (02-05-2013)
    Pontedera (PI), Cineclub Agorà (02-05-2013)
    Medicina (BO), Sala del Suffragio (29-04-2013)
    Tripoli (Libya), Libya Movie Awards Workshops (26-04-2013)
    Urbino (PU), Resistenze Anomale (23-04-2013)
    Pontedera (PI), Cineclub Agorà (18-04-2013)
Foligno (PG, 11-04-2013)
Ancona (15-03-2013)
    Pesaro (PU), Palazzo Gradari (12-03-2013)
    Roma, Kino (26-02-2013)
    Jesi (AN, 24-02-2013)
    Roma (24-02-2013)
    Milano, Officina dei Beni Comuni (23-02-2013)
San Lorenzo in Campo (PU, 21-02-2013)
    Fano (PU, 19-02-2013)
    Bologna, Liceo Laura Bassi (18-02-2013)
    Roma, Teatro Biblioteca Quarticciolo (16-02-2013)
    Roma, Liceo Benedetto Croce (14-02-2013)
    Roma (01-02-2013)
Roma, Cineclub Detour (19-01-2013)
    Roma (18-01-2013)
    Bologna, Liceo Minghetti (17-01-2013)
    Bologna, Liceo Laura Bassi (16-01-2013)
    Como, Liceo Musicale Ciceri (14-01-2013)
    Como (13-01-2013)
      Messina, Teatro Pinelli Occupato (07-01-2012)
    Piacenza, Baciccia (21-12-2012)
    Modena, La Tenda (19-12-2012)
    Tricase (Lecce), Liceo Comi (19-12-2012)
Roma (6-12-2012)
    Reggio Emilia, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia (5-12-2012)
    Sulmona (AQ), Cinema Pacifico (3-12-2012)
    Roma (20-11-2012)
    Padova (19-10-2012)
Tricase (Lecce, 30-8-2012)

            




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