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One day, Mohsen Lidhabi, retired postman from Zarzis, while looking for material for his sculptures and for his inventory on the beach, he finds the llifeless body of a migrant. Without asking himself too many questions, he decides to give him a proper burial causing controversies in his community of origin and among Ben Ali’s supporters. On the other shore of the Mediterranean, in Lampedusa, Vincenzo is experiencing the same epiphany. He has always worked as guard of the Lampedusa cemetery with zeal, care and patience, dealing mainly with bureaucracy and maintenance. Despite strain and bitterness, Vincenzo decides to bury the migrants brought by the sea by himself, building a new area of the Lampedusa cemetery and registering each body with numbered wooden crosses. Such a choice will cause criticisms among the religious community. After a while, Vincenzo will receive a letter in French written by an unknown sender, who, like him, has decided to bury the nameless bodies coming from the sea following the shipwrecks of those who left after the Arab Spring. After having the letter translated, Vincenzo will read the encouraging words supporting his burial activity. The man, who is illiterate, helped by his wife, decides to answer the Tunisian man who sent him the letter, Mohsen, trying to find the right words to describe his emotions.

Written and directed by:
Irene Dionisio
Francesca Cirilli
Alessandro Zorio
Sound recordist: 
Manolis Makridakis
Original music:
Gabriele Concas, Matteo Marini
Mix Audio: Simon Apostolou
Produced by:
Ilaria Malagutti for Mammut Film
Davy Chous e Sylvain Decouvelaere per Vycky Films
Luisa perlo per a.titolo
in collaboration with Rai Cinema
with the support of Film Commission Torino Piemonte
in collaboration with Regione Sicilia, Sicilia Film Commission
in coproduction with France TV, France 3-Corse Via Stella
with the support of CNC
developed thanks to SCAM (à Brouillon d'un reve)

Developed inside the workshop "Nutrimenti celesti, nutrimenti terrestri" organized by Associazione Filmaker with the support of Fondazione Cariplo

"Shores" participated at DocatWork/Festival dei Popoli di Firenze

Language: italian, french, english subtitle

Solinas Ward as best script for a documentary, 2012 

Premiere: Festival dei Popoli, International Program

3 Dicembre, Cinema Odeon, ore 21:00
4 Dicembre (replica), Cinema Odeon, ore 10:00

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