Stay human, the Reading Movie

15.04.2014 - Redazione Italia

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Stay human, the Reading Movie

Review: Stay human, the Reading Movie – a historical document of a crime against humanity

This work diverges from any known genre explored so far including documentary, fiction, docufiction, and theatre lecturing. ‘Stay Human’ is a pioneer piece of work in a new film genre: the ‘Reading Movie’.

‘Stay Human – The Reading Movie’ features the reading of the book ‘Gaza – Restiamo Umani’ (‘Gaza – Stay Human’) in its entirety. Written by Vittorio Arrigoni (1975 – 2011) this daily journal documents the massacre that occurred during the military attack known as ‘Operation Cast Lead’. Undertaken by the Israeli government against the Gaza strip civilians between the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009, the attack resulted in over 1200 civilian casualties and 400 murdered children.

The movie features readers coming from the most prominent academic, cultural and human rights environments:

Stéphane Hessel, Co-editor and signer of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Noam Chomsky, Political scientist, writer and Human Rights activist

Roger Waters, Founder of Pink Floyd and Human Rights activist

Mairead Corrigan Maguire, 1976 Nobel Peace Prize and Human Rights activist

Luisa Morgantini, Former Vice President of the European Parliament

Egidia Beretta Arrigoni, Vittorio Arrigoni’s mother and mayor of Bulciago, Lecco

Hilarion Capucci, Exiled Jerusalem Melkite Archbishop

Yisroel David Weiss, Rabbi and Human Rights activist

Don Andrea Gallo, ‘Priest of the Sidewalk’ and partisan

Moni Ovadia, Actor, writer and musician

Mohammad Bakri, Actor and director

and many others.

The narration of the movie follows the book’s chapters, and each episode was shot in only one take in order to keep the empathy and expression of each participating character. Vittorio volunteered in hospitals and ambulances for the International Solidarity Movement to rescue the Gaza population; victim of unprecedented bombings that go against any international conventions and destroyed hospitals, schools, mosques and civilians’ houses. Arrigoni left us the only existing daily testimony of the whole offensive, which stands as a historic document of a crime against humanity.

Technical details

Film by Fulvio Renzi

Directed by Luca Incorvaia

Written by Vittorio Arrigoni

Cinematography by Luca Incorvaia e Fulvio Renzi

Film editing by Luca Incorvaia

Length 198′ – movie | 145’ – interviews to protagonists

Producers Fulvio Renzi, Luca Incorvaia, Azione Sperimentale Cultural Non Profit Organization, co-financed with crowdfunding of 1600+ individuals

Locations Italy, North America, Israel, Palestine, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Czech Republic

Shooting time from April 2011 to October 2012

ProtagonistsAlberto Arce, Huwaida Arraf, Massimo Arrigoni, Mohammad Bakri, Ronnie Barkan, Egidia Beretta Arrigoni, Archbishop Hilarion Capucci, Noam Chomsky, Maria Elena Delia, Norman Finkelstein, Don Andrea Gallo, Stéphane Hessel, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Luisa Morgantini, Akiva Orr, Moni Ovadia, Ilan Pappé, Roger Waters, Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss

Original soundtrack by Fulvio Renzi

Musicians Fulvio Renzi, Vincenzo Zitello, Paki Zennaro, Fakhraddin Gafarov, Romina Salvadori, Emanuele Wiltsch Barberio, David Boato, Adriano Clera, Gilad Atzmon, Yuriko Mikami, Gionata Mirai

Subtitles english, italian, spanish, german, french, arabic, dutch

Int’l book publishers Manifesto Libri (IT), Scribest Publications (FR), Zambon Verlag (DE), Kube Publishing (UK), Bósforo Libros (ES), Acrps (QA)

Professional support Produzioni dal Basso, Decam-TDD Milan, DotSub, Antares Computers, GnuCoop it for non profit, Azione Sperimentale Media, Roberta Prugnoli Interpreter, Livia Ranalli translations, Lucia Maggi Lawyer’s Office

Endorsers PCHR – Palestinian Center for Human Rights, PCDCR – Palestinian Center for Democrazy and Conflict Resolution, Le Monde Diplomatique, Josè Saramago Foundation, The Peace People, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies of Exeter University (UK), ACRPS – Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies of Doha University (QA), Department of Science of Languages and Cultural Communication Studies of Bergamo University (IT), Brera Academy of Fine Art (IT), ISM International Solidarity Movement (PS) BNC – Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee, Freedom Flotilla, Free Gaza Movement

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