The film "Dove bisogna stare" (Where You Need to Stay) tells the story of four women volunteers who work with migrants in Italy. The documentary, which was created in collaboration with Doctors Without Borders, will begin screening in Italian theatres on January 17.
"Dove bisogna stare" follows four Italian women who decided to work in caring for and welcoming migrants: Georgia, 26, was a secretary before she decided to become a volunteer at the Italian-Swiss border; Lorena is a retired psychotherapist in Pordenone; Elena works in Bussoleno and lives in Oulx, in the high mountains of the Susa Valley; and Jessica is a student in Cosenza.
The film, produced by ZaLab in collaboration with Doctors Without Borders (MSF), was directed by Daniele Gaglianone and written by Stefano Collizzoli. It was screened at the 36th Torino Film Festival and has also been shown across Italy at various screening events. This Thursday, it will be available in Italian theaters.
MSF said the film shows "a supportive Italy that goes beyond the controversies and the rhetoric of hate, that acts on a daily basis in the name of humanity and dignity, giving assistance to migrants and asylum seekers excluded from the state reception system".
A film to change the narrative on migrants
"Dove bisogna stare" doesn't tell the story of migration from the point of view of those who decide to leave or those who are forced to do so. Director Daniele Gaglianone said, "It's first of all a story about us, about our ability to face the world and share its destiny".
MSF Italy president Claudia Lodesani said that "In a time in which those who work to save the lives of people forced to flee from war and misery are undergoing strong pressure and clear episodes of criminalisation, this documentary aims at changing the dominating narrative on the perception that Italians have about the presence of migrants in our country."