CAST LEAD “As I neared Gaza for my ‘war filming’ I started to think about the
It’s January 6, 2009, the eleventh day of the Israeli attack on the Gaza
Strip, code name “Cast Lead.” No witnesses have been able to trespass
the wall which separates Gaza from the rest of the world. All of a
sudden, there is a rift and the living conditions of Gaza’s inhabitants
emerge: an adolescent shows his ruined home, a family grieves for their
twelve-year-old son who died in the bombings, a doctor lists the victims
of the conflict, while the Israeli authorities’ deny that there were any
victims among the civilian population.
shots that had been shown on television since the beginning of the
attacks. Rubble, dead and wounded people, the same pictures,
endlessly out of context, spread over news broadcasts, reflecting a mute,
dull, incomprehensible horror. I then crossed the border. That feeling
of bewilderment disappeared at once as I began to get my bearings,
taking one look at a time, amongst the places, the tempos, the faces
of a country at war.”
“As I neared Gaza for my ‘war filming’ I started to think about the
Stefano Savona (Palermo, Italy, 1969 has made numerous video installations, including La città infinita (2003) and D-Day (2005), and various documentaries, such as Piombo fuso (2009) that won the special jury prize at Cinéastes du présent at Locarno and the Grand prix du documentaire at Annecy. In 2010, he presented Spezzacatene at the Torino Film Festival.
Storia di Palermo dalle origini all’età romana (mm, doc., 2000), Alfabe, abbecedario curdo (cm, doc., 2001), Un confine di specchi (doc., 2002), Primavera in Kurdistan (doc., 2006), Sulla stessa barca (cm, doc., 2007), Il tuffo della rondine (mm, doc., 2008), Piombo fuso (doc., 2009), Spezzacatene (doc., 2010).
Stefano Savona, Alessia Porto, Ester Sparatore:
Palazzo delle aquile (doc., 2011).