Samouni Road

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Samouni Road

Stefano Savona
F/I, 2018
Features, 126min, OmeU

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Samouni Road

Stefano Savona
F/I, 2018
Features, 126min, OmeU

Cast: 
Amal Samouni
Faraj Samouni
Abou Salah
Screenplay: 
Stefano Savona
Léa Mysius
Penelope Bortoluzzi
Sound: 
Stefano Savona
Camera: 
Stefano Savona
Editor: 
Luc Forveille
Composer: 
Giulia Tagliavia

Production: 
Picofilms
Alter Ego Production
Dugong Films
World Sales: 
Doc & Film International
Format: 
DCP
Color

A Palestinian girl, Amal, is considered dead by her relatives under the concrete rubble of a house. The Israeli Air Force bombed the Gaza Strip during its operation “Cast Lead” in 2008/2009 killing 29 civilians. SAMOUNI ROAD re-tells the story of a family trauma. Stefano Savona uses various types of images illustrating this: the memories of the agonized residents as flickering, deeply disturbing scratchboard-animations; the (reconstructed) surveillance images of a military attack filmed by drones, coming close to the aesthetics of video games; and inbetween, the clear-cut pictures of Savonas’ hand- held camera, visiting a family in ruins, today a bunch of suvivors.As a hotspot of political upheaval, the Gaza Strip is no unknown place for social reports. Savona digs deeper (like in his thoughtful documentary TAHRIR LIBERATION SQUARE), scrapes out of the darkness of memories those thin lines that finally make up this story. It does not suggest there is any reason for optimism. Significantly, the crown witness of the events is a little girl who has lost her memories. She, who has a splinter of shell in her head, becomes a symbol of a state inbetween: no roots to refer to and a shady future ahead. Seldomly has the fate of the Palestinians been drafted more accurately than here. (Gunnar Landsgesell)

Stefano Savona: MIRRORED BORDER (2002), D-DAY (2005), NOTES FROM A KURDISH REBEL (2006), IL TUFFO DELLA RONDINE (2008), CAST LEAD (2009), SPEZZACATENE (2010), PALAZZO DELLE AQUILE (2011), TAHRIR LIBERATION SQUARE (2011)