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SARITA

by Sergio Basso

synopsis

In 1990, one sixth of the Bhutanese population was exiled as a result of simply asking their monarch for democratic rights. They have since lived in a refugee camp in Nepal, where their plight has been met with total indifference from the international community. Now they will be "resettled." Thousands of families will be forced to emigrate, and their Lhotshampa identity will disappear forever. We have lived with these people in Khudunabari - one of their camps- and we have gathered their testimonies. In particular, we followed Sarita, a 13-year-old girl born in the refugee camp. Everyone expects the story of these refugees to be told in a melodramatic way. Instead, we plan to use irony as a weapon to tell this tragic story. Our film is a musical documentary - a new hybrid. Refugees will not tell us about their past, they will not speak out what it means to lose their identity. They will sing it to us.

international title: Sarita
original title: Dimmi chi sono
country: Italy, Germany
year: 2019
genre: fiction
directed by: Sergio Basso
film run: 100'
screenplay: Sergio Basso
cinematography by: Rabin Acharya
film editing: Eric Schefter
music: Pivio, Aldo De Scalzi
production: La Sarraz Pictures Srl, RAI Cinema, Missing Films
backing: Direzione generale Cinema e audiovisivo del Ministero della Cultura DGCA-MIC (MiBACT)
distributor: La Sarraz Distribuzione, missingFilms
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