Date: 28 January 2023 (ended)
Time: 14:00
Category: Film
Location: Cinema Ambasciatori
Viale XX Settembre, 35, 34126 Trieste TS


(Land of Upright People)
Christian Carmosino Mereu

Italia – Burkina Faso / Italy – Burkina Faso
2022, HD, col. & b-n / b-w, 106’
v.o. italiana – francese – inglese – more / Italian – French – English – Mooré o.v.

Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Christian Carmosino Mereu. Fotografia / Photography: Christian Carmosino Mereu. Montaggio / Editing: Marco Minciarelli. Musica / Music: Andrea Ciccarelli. Suono / Sound: Riccardo Spagnol. Interpreti / Cast: Sam’sk LeJah, Yiyé Constant Bazié, Assanata Ouedraogo, Dieudonné Tagnan. Produzione / Produced by: Università degli Studi Roma Tre – Centro Produzioni Audiovisivo, DocFest Productions, Indyca. Distribuzione internazionale / World Sales: Deckert Distribution.

The film recounts the quest for freedom of four Burkinabé citizens: a musician who led the revolution that began in October 2014 (reggae icon Sams’K Le Jah, who won an Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award), a candidate in the upcoming elections, a miner engaged in trade union struggles, and a mother with a poor and large family to care for. All united by the hope that their country may soon become authentically free and just: The “country of upright people”, as the revolutionary Thomas Sankara called it. The film premiered at the Venice Giornate degli Autori in 2022.

“The protagonists of this film are people who as a norm are not given a voice, who end up remaining numbers… I posed myself first as an ‘instrument’ of the narrative and then as an interested ‘listener’: a form of participation in the liberation struggle with my tools as filmmaker who attempts to avoid any stereotypes, showing instead what is methodically hidden by the mainstream media. Because changing point of view is a political act.” (C. C. Mereu)

Christian Carmosino Mereu
A director, producer and lecturer, Christian Carmosino Mereu has directed documentary film festivals and exhibitions. Since 2022 he has been artistic director of the Rome International Documentary Festival. Technical supervisor of the Audio-visual Production Centre of Roma Tre University, he is the coordinator of the Master’s course in Documentary Cinema and a lecturer of the Documentary Cinema Workshop.

filmografia scelta / selected filmography
Gesù di Capocotta cm  / sf 2004 Pierino doc. cm / sf (diretto con / directed with Andrea Appetito) 2005 ¿Quién es Pilar? doc. cm / sf (diretto con / directed with Andrea Appetito) 2007 La zuppa di pietra  cm / sf 2007 Gli Invisibili – Esordi nel cinema Italiano 2000-2006 doc. (diretto con / directed with Enrico Carocci, Pierpaolo De Sanctis, Francesco Del Grosso) 2008 L’ora d’amore doc. (diretto con / directed with Andrea Appetito) 2013 Segni particolari: documentarista doc. 2015 Pieds Nus doc. 2016 La lunga strada gialla doc. (diretto con / directed with Antonio Oliviero 2019 Kobarid doc. 2020 Briser les Chaînes – Sam’sk Lejah on tour doc. 2021 Une Famille doc. 2022 Il paese delle persone integre doc.