The documentary “The Years We Have Been Nowhere” will be released in theaters on September 27 [2023], a film on today’s deportations to give voice to all the families who are separated and sent back to their countries of origin (therefore, condemned), created by the activist, writer and director Lucio Cascavilla and director and producer Mauro Piacentini.

The work, produced by Survivors Fighters Production and Mauzedao Production, was shot in Africa (Sierra Leone), and sees the participation of Mike Duff (Australian videomaker with over 15 years of career and collaborations with international publications such as BBC, ABC and Al Jazeera), Olivia Godding (model, actress and successful entrepreneur in Freetown, who appears as a witness in the documentary, as a migrant), Nadia Rubano (video editor), Roberto Sommella (video editor), Nina Krajcinovic (journalist Slovenian newspaper DELO, specialized in socio-cultural issues), Markadams Kamara (emigrated from Sierra Leone in the 1990s, settled in Europe only to be deported back to his country of origin, where he dedicated himself to theatrical activity and now deals with accounting), Abdulay Daramy (emigrated to Europe and deported to Sierra Leone, where he became an activist), Antonio Rignanese (Digital Strategist) and Nino Corica (agent specializing in communications for the European Commission in Brussels, collaborates on the project as screenwriter, translator and Communication Strategist ).

The underlying theme of the film is the stories of Sulemain, Fatima Kamakuye and Patrick who left Sierra Leone in search of a better future, managing to build new lives and families in Europe and the United States. But, due to bureaucratic problems and some administrative infractions, they are convicted and torn from their families to be sent back to their country of origin, where they now have lost contact with old friends and family…

The Years We Have Been Nowhere is a cry of pain and denunciation, a project that wants to give voice to a desperation, to which too often most remain deaf.

“Because – explain the authors – opposing deportations is impossible; but opposing brutality, allowing deported men and women to maintain their dignity, is civility.”