(Pistoia, Italy) emigrated to Switzerland in 1955, where he began to work as a seasonal factory worker. Through Colonia Libera Italiana, he formed his own political and social conscience and in the late 1960s he began to use the movie camera to denounce the injustice and discrimination inflicted on emigrant workers, in particular Italians and Spaniards. This inspired his first movie, Il treno del sud (1969), financed by the CLI and shot in Super8, as was
his next film, Lo stagionale, his most popular film to
date, publicly praised, for example, by Ugo Casiraghi and Gian Maria Volontè.
Only recently has his filmography, which includes various documentaries about
social and workers' topics, received its rightful recognition, thanks to the
retrospective that was dedicated to him in 2009 at the Locarno Film Festival.
Il treno del sud (mm, 1969), Lo stagionale (mm, 1973), Il rovescio della medaglia (doc, mm, 1974), Pagine di una vita dell'emigrazione (doc, mm, 1976), L'Homme et le Temps (La crisi degli orologi svizzeri, doc, 1984), Un'idea, una tela, un pittore (cm, 1985), L'Autre Suisse (Gli asili in Svizzera, doc, mm, 1985),Touchol (Le difficoltà di un musicista emigrato in Svizzera, doc, mm, 1990), Asyle (doc, 1992), Suisse, terre d'Asile? (doc, mm, 1996), AIDS: una condanna mortale? (doc, 1998),Sant'Anna - Per non dimenticare (La strage di Sant'Anna, doc, 2007),Tenerezze (La figura degli anziani in epoca contemporanea, 2016).