Born in Montepulciano (SI) on April 27, 1971. After finishing high school he moved to Urbino, where in 1999 he graduated in Geology. After working as a geologist in the field of oil extraction in Angola and Austria, in 2001 he began to work as a multimedia designer with Studio Imagina Urbino, making the first experiences with the camera and the video editing. With Studio Imagine produced numerous music videos, short films and reportage. In 2003 he was hired by the Province of Pesaro and Urbino. From 2007 he worked in the Press Office of the same institution as a videomaker and photographer, taking care of the video documentation of the political-institutional and cultural. Since 2010 he is registered as a photojournalist and cameraman of Journalists and Publicists of Marche. Since 2010, teaches video editing at the Academy of Fine Arts in Urbino. He currently works with the cultural association "Periferica" (Pesaro) making video reporting on cultural realities and independent music on the national scene.
Migration to the post-war Belgium originated with the establishment of an agreement between the Italian and Belgian governments on 23 June 1946 in Rome, and the signing of a treaty that led them to "exchange" Italian workforce with Belgian coal.
To understand why this agreement we should look at Italy and Belgium as they were at the end of World War II. In Italy, enormous material damage, with two million unemployed and some areas of the country was in total misery. In the mines of Wallonia in Belgium, the lack of manpower curbed the activities of coal mining and therefore energy production: to increase production they used the prisoners of war, German soldiers, Hungarians and even Russians, then, the agreement of 1946, 50,000 arrive Italians workers, with their work these men will allow the Italian government to buy the Belgian coal. Thanks to Italian emigrants, the production of the mines went up to 6-7 million tons per year. This also allowed the steel and metallurgical industries to increase their production.
The Italian-Belgian agreement provided the transfer of 50,000 workers under age 35 in good health, for a 12 month contract as miner, in exchange for 200 kg of coal per day guaranteed to Italy.
The emigrants embarked every Tuesday night at the station in Milan and underwent a medical examination on the same train, where they had to sign the work contracts. They arrived on Thursday afternoon in Basel, divided according to the mine in which they were intended to work and were then transported to the "cellar", the same barracks where they had been held prisoners of war. Sometimes began to work the next day.
The Marcinelle tragedy, with the deaths of hundreds of Italians in a coal mine in 1956, marks, even symbolically, the end of Italian emigration in Belgium. A part of the immigrant population in Belgium will stabilize, but since the disaster there will be no more emigration of Italians to the mining areas.
This documentary tells the stories of some of these men, still in their twenties, they left our country and their province in search of a future and a better life.
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Rialto, Venice. In a short but remarkable workshop, in 1985 Franco Cecamore has created two original masks for the Venice Carnival. Twelve years later, a man with white coloured men's clothing, came to that shop: the man was Jan Harlan, executive producer of one of the last movies directed by Stanley Kubrick. He visited "Il Canovaccio" in order to buy several masks. One of them would be used by Kubrick in his last masterpiece "Eyes Wide Shut" for the character of Dr. Bill Harford, played by Tom Cruise. This documentary is the incredible and unknown story behind the creation of the most important masks of "Eyes Wide Shut." The artisans of this typical Italian product say that the origin of the art makes it a unique product. Original documents, photographs and the description of the meeting with the Kubrick's production make this the story we tell in our film.
The documentary "Young Syrian Lenses" was born from the meeting of two authors Ruben Lagattolla and Filippo Biagianti.
Ruben Lagattolla, after a long experience as a documentary filmmaker in refugee camps in Iraqi territory, in May 2014 managed to enter Syria from the Turkish border with the help of an Italian photographer, Enea Discepoli, who had benn already several times in Syria.
Once across the border with the support of some media Syrian activists, the group manages to reach Aleppo. The intent is to film the activities of the guys working in the information network and document their work of photographers. This opportunity is offered by the fact that the network of media activists in Aleppo has plans to organize a photo exhibition / event to witness the tragic incidents that occur every day in Aleppo free, under siege of the regime of Bashar al Assad, almost four years. The photo exhibition will never be realized, the school where they were to be exposed photos is bombed and destroyed a few days before the arrival of Italian photographers.
The documentary was filmed in Aleppo between April 30 and May 9, 2014.
Once in Italy Lagattolla seeks help for the production and edit of the documentary.
So he began to collaborate with Filippo Biagianti, a journalist videomaker of Urbino, who directed with Ruben the editing of the film. The documentary production begins in July 2014 to mid-September, when they managed to create the first final cut of the documentary.
The intent is to tell the reality of Syria with a human approach as possible, without falling into the rhetoric of religious, Islamic fundamentalism, or the spectacle of war.
The project "Young Syrian Lenses" was carried out and concluded with no budget, in a totally independent and voluntary way. Of critical importance was the extraordinary work of reportage done by Lagattolla during the days he spent in Aleppo.