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Day 2: The Drama Of Migrants, The New Slaves, The Courage Of Women

In the afternoon, at 3.00, the preview of God exists, her name is Petrunya, directed by Teona Strugar Mitevska. Revelation at the last Berlinale and at the Turin Film Festival as part of the retrospective devoted to the film director, winner of the LUX Award of the European Parliament, it is a shout for freedom against prejudice and it is able to combine commitment and irony in a female story with a disruptive strength.

At 5 pm, the first film in competition of the day and the fourth presented: The Remains, Austrian documentary directed by Nathalie Borgers about the drama of migrants. The film will be introduced by Nello Scavo, journalist of Avvenire involved in the investigation which revealed the presence of the human trafficker Abd-al-Rahman al-Milad, at the meeting in Mineo, Sicily, with the Italian authorities in 2017.

The second competing film of the day will be shown at 7.30 pm. Buoyancy is the debut of Rodd Rathjen, proposed by Australia for the Academy Award nomination as Best International Film. The film tells the terrible reality of forced labourers in Cambodia, focusing on a boy enslaved by a human trafficker.

Last film of the day, at 9.15 pm, The Swallows of Kabul, directed by Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobbé-Méllevec, animation film presented at the Cannes Film Festival in the section Un Certain Regard. Introduced by Marta Serafini of Corriere della Sera and Takoua Ben Mohamed, cartoonist and graphic journalist, it is a powerful portrait of the women’s conditions under the Taliban regime.

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