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    The Library
    Ditcho Petrov 7, Smolyan

    Event Type

    1910s. Poems with alternate rhymes narrate a journey by sea and by rail. These are the verses of Fadil Hasin Ash-Shalmani who witness a historical fact often forgotten: the deportation of numerous civilians during the first years of the Italian occupation in Libya.  The short film follows the poet’s experiences and memories using only archive footage, thus subverting the original propaganda function of the images.


    Italy, 2021, 11 min., Arabic with English and Bulgarian subtitles


    Script: Francesco Di Gioia

    Director: Francesco Di Gioia

    Music:  Ziad Trabelsi

    Production: Yes – Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia of Rome


    Director’s Biography:

    Francesco Di Gioia (Gorizia, 1993) achieved a BA (Hons) at the Politecnico of Milan in Communication Design, after which he began a course at the Civica Scuola Luchino Visconti in Documentary Cinema. He then studied Video Editing at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. In 2020 he approached found-footage cinema as director by making the short film “Fathers’ Land” (2021).  He now works as archival researcher on several productions.