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| MAESTRO MARTINO: OUTSTANDING COOK OF THE RENAISSANCE|
We shall be investigating the life of Maestro Martini, whose imaginative and astonishing recipes made him one of the outstanding cooks of the Renaissance period, admired and courted even by popes…
The culinary art of Maestro Martino has been handed down to us in manuscripts, ancient books and the extraordinary reports of a humanist writer, Bartolomeo Platina.
Version: Italian - Format: 16:9 | Length: 50' | Year of production: 2010
| Don't kill my father|
One day in August 2008, Paige Wood, aged fourteen, waits for the death penalty to be carried out on her father. Standing before the freshly dug grave in the Huntsville (Texas) Prison cemetery, Paige is seen holding a placard: “If you kill my father, Jeff Wood, you kill me.
Version: Italian - Format HD 16:9 | Length: 52' | Year of production: 2010
| A DREAM SIGNED ROGER FEDERER|
Roger Federer Foundation, Ethiopia: film clips and exclusive interviews with Roger Federer.
Reflecting his South African roots, Roger Federer’s charitable foundation supports educational projects, especially for girls, through local NGOs in five African countries.
Version: Italian, English, German, French - Format: 16:9 HD | Length: 25' | Year of production: 2010
| CHINA CASTS ITS SHADOW OVER SIBERIA|
“The Factory of Heroes” is a journey through Iran’s giant murals which were commissioned by the government and which illustrate the myths and values of an evolving Islamic society.
Version: Italian - Format 16:9 | Length: 35' | Year of production: 2010
The Hamburg-Sicily motorway axis: interviews with truck drivers about their working conditions.
The St. Gotthard Tunnel, the most direct motorway link between north and south, is used by more than a million heavy vehicles each year.
Version: Italian - Format: 16:9 | Length: 45' | Year of production: 2010
| CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ|
Christians in Iraq is a highly topical journey to a country ravaged by violence. A journey based on the accounts of families plunged into despair, of people forced to abandon their homes, of others who have taken up arms to protect churches and neighbourhoods, and of courageous priests who are on the front line every day…
Almost every day there are reports from Iraq of attacks against the Christian population, churches and religious representatives.
Version: Italian - Format: 16:9 | Length: 52' | Year of production: 2010
| Two fathers for David|
Nothing is right or wrong, but the way we think makes it so” (Henry Miller)....the desires, dreams and fears of a gay couple whose minds are set on having a son.
Version: Italian - Format: HD 16:9 | Length: 52' | Year of production: 2010
| What sort of angel are you?|
An unusual glimpse into the world of those who, in search of answers and reassurance, have decided to put themselves under the protective wings of angels.
Version: Italian - Format: HD 16:9 | Length: 50' | Year of production: 2010
| The honor of blood|
Felice Ferrazzo, aged 55, former head of the Mesoraca "cosca", a small but powerful family of the Calabrian "Ndrangheta, tells the story of his years at the heart of the mafia.
Version: Italian. English subtitled - Format HD 16:9 | Length: 56' | Year of production: 2010
| Surviving the devil|
A portrait of three Haitians struggling to survive and rebuild their lives after the catastrophic earthquake of 12 January 2010.
A devastating earthquake strikes Haiti.
Version: Italian - Formato HD 16:9 | Length: 50' | Year of production: 2010
| MISSION IMPOSSIBLE|
Politicians have always told us that the economy has to grow or we'll all be in trouble. But not everyone agrees. Increasingly, there are those who believe that de-growth, apparently inevitable, is good news as long as we are willing to adjust our lifestyles.
Version: Italian – Format 16:9 | Length: 30' | Year of production: 2009
| QUASI-REQUIEM FOR DETROIT|
Good-bye to the myth of the American car. Chrysler is in chaos, while General Motors implodes as its main man Rick Wagoner steps down. These carmakers staggering for survival are two of the auto industry's world-famous icons, for decades an undisputed symbol of an American lifestyle.
Version: Italian - 16:9 / excluded USA and Canada | Length: 20' | Year of production: 2009
| HASTA LA VICTORIA|
For six years, not without obstacles, the filmmakers follow the couple as they encounter one hindrance after another in their attempt to flee. Finally, the wife gets permission for a brief period of study in Switzerland.
Version: Italian - English - French - Spanish - Format 16:9 | Length: 85' | Year of production: 2009
| MIGRANTES-THE JOURNEY OF HOPE|
Adriano Zecca has reconstructed the tragic odyssey of the migrants and has collected their stories and their hopes. Together with them he travelled the main legs of this terrible "Via Crucis"; he boarded the "beast", "the train of death" as the freight train is known that the migrants take to evade inspections by the Migra, the much-feared and corrupt Mexican police.
Version: Italian, Spanish - Format: 16:9 | Length: 50' | Year of production: 2009
| THE STREET ANGEL|
Father Julio Lancellotti has dedicated his life to the rehabilitation and social integration of street youth, drug-addicts, teenagers and young people who have had problems with the law or are serving time in prison.
Version: Italian - Format 16:9 | Length: 30' | Year of production: 2008
| BUENOS AIRES ZONA SUR|
Buenos Aires, Zona Sur is a glance at everyday life in a tough district on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. The film follows the ups and downs of a young couple.
Version: Spanish | Length: 52' | Year of production: 2008
SEXY MISSIONARIES |
The Jesus Christ girls work in Las Vegas. Still in the sex business, yet from the opposite side. They attempt to save other girls, who are still working in the sex trade, trying to talk them out of their sinful lives.
Version: Italian | Length: 29' | Year of production: 2008
| ATIMKHAN, KING OF THE MOON|
Ryan Atimkhan lives and works surrounded by a moon-like landscape, an expanse of stones and rocky hills, where silence is interrupted only by the majestic flutter of eagles.
Version: Italian | Length: 55' | Year of production: 2008
| IN BODY AND SOUL|
Switzerland is in the lead as regards the sexual needs of people with handicaps. A much debated initiative has both aroused considerable interest and deeply divided opinions: the “sexual workers”, women and men who provide sex for a fee to people who are physically or mentally challenged.
Version: Italian | Length: 40' | Year of production: 2008
THE MIRAGE OF EUROPE|
The toll: 12,000 deaths, 4,300 missing. These are not the casualties of a war or a natural catastrophe. These are estimated figures of the number of people who were killed or went missing from 1988 to the present day, while attempting to reach the European shores.
Version: Italian | Length: 30' | Year of production: 2008
| NOMA, AN AFRICAN DISEASE|
Nine-year old Soueba was born in Niger. At the age of two she caught Noma. The terrible degenerative disease literally devoured her face. Noma was eradicated in Western countries some 60 years ago, yet it remains a disease of the poor.
Version: Italian | Length: 47' | Year of production: 2008
| THE FACTORY OF HEREOS|
The face of charismatic leader Khomeini and his successors, portraits of national martyrs, animal figures symbolizing good and evil: these huge paintings, commissioned and sponsored by the government, cover the walls of entire buildings in Iran.
Version: Italian | Length: 54' | Year of production: 2008
| THE EVIL SPIRITS OF SWITZERLAND |
In opposition to the clockwork Switzerland, dull and devoted to mediocre common sense (apart from the odd hole in a cheese), here we have a Switzerland most people are unaware of: contrary, creative, lighting great bonfires at night in woodland clearings, driving out evil spirits, chanting deep vibrating notes, going into ecstatic trances.
Version: 52'- Italian - Format 16:9 | Length: 52' | Year of production: 2008
| WHO AM I?|
Antony was born in Costa Rica twenty-six years ago and has lived in Switzerland since the age of two. He loves snooker and photography. His complexion is darker and this has made him feel different from other boys and girls already since elementary school.
Version: Italian | Length: 54' | Year of production: 2008
| HIDDEN POLYGAMY|
Polygamy, or the possibility to have as many as four wives, is still customary in some Islamic states but is prohibited in all European countries. It is a hidden but growing phenomenon, as the numbers of Muslim immigrants increase.
Version: Italian - Format 16:9 | Length: 20' | Year of production: 2008
| DON’T LEAVE US ALONE|
Abuse and violence in the classrooms, filmed with cell phones and uploaded to the Internet by the very perpetrator as some sort of war trophy. This is the shocking phenomenon which is spreading across Europe and affecting both young school children and adolescents.
Version: Italian | Length: 30' | Year of production: 2008
| DEATH PENALTY|
Roger McGowen was found guilty of manslaughter and has spent the last 23 years on death row. Awaiting him is a likely execution. This is but one of the many stories of “Black Americans” sentenced to death in the United States at a time of a raging debate on this topic.
Version: Italian | Length: 32' | Year of production: 2008
ABARÉ, THE FRIENDLY SHIP|
Among the rivers and forests in the heart of Brazil’s Amazonia, small communities of Caboclos live isolated from the rest of the world. A mixed blood group, the Caboclos do not enjoy protection under the laws that, belatedly, safeguard the Indios.
Version: Italian | Length: 48' | Year of production: 2007
| LAST SUPPER|
Eating disorders are a result of the dichotomies in our opulent society: fashion shows with bony models on the catwalk, incessant television ads featuring foodstuffs and exasperating success of threadlike bodies.
Version: Italian | Length: 51' | Year of production: 2007
| SWORN VIRGINS|
Albania, the Balkans. Why would a girl swear to stay a virgin? What kind of tradition sanctions this form of self-denial? An ancestral code of laws – observed to this day – placed women at society’s bottom rank.
Version: Italian-English | Length: 51' | Year of production: 2007
| DIY PORNOGRAPHY|
Two main characters united by virtual erotic imagination: Lars Rutschmann, stage name Michael Ryan, an enterprising young man who makes his living producing pornography, operating as producer, director, cameraman, actor and editor, and works with Salma De Nora, a Spanish actress who has chosen to become a porn star.
Version: Italian | Length: 22' | Year of production: 2007
| 4 1/2|
Their main job is begging from western tourists flocking to visit the House of Slaves on the island of Gorée, just off the coast of Dakar. Through their eyes, we highlight the problems our young heroes encounter; problems that are ultimately the same many in Africa face every day.
Version: Italian-English-French-German | Length: 54' | Year of production: 2007
| SHANGHAI SHANGHAI|
Fresh and original look at this harbour city which is developing at such a fast and breathtaking pace it easily surpasses its “rival”, Hong Kong. Unlike the many recent reportages that dwell on the causes of China’s economic boom, this documentary underscores the transformations, contrasts and exuberance of Shanghai’s renewed dynamism.
Version: Italian | Length: 50' | Year of production: 2006
| CINDERELLA DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE|
They are mothers, even grandmothers. They have all left the Ukraine to find, in the midst of uncountable hazards and hardships, a job in Italy as so-called “badanti”, i.
Version: Italian | Length: 55' | Year of production: 2006
Brazil - The human being appears and puts himself in front of the other, in front of the world, in front of himself. In front of the camera and through it to see what is around.
Version: Italian-portuguese | Length: 49' | Year of production: 2006
| SHATTERED LIVES|
Sierra Leone, a small country in Western Africa has been laid waste by 11 years of civil war.
The conflict, which originated as a competition for the control of diamond mines, caused at least 100 thousand deaths, and 2 million evacuees and refugees, not to mention an impressive, although unknown number of injured and crippled.
Version: Italian | Length: 49' | Year of production: 2006
| DANCE AND DIE|
Suburban Rio de Janeiro - In some discos, funk is one of the ongoing rituals between rival youth gangs. Some of these poor, jobless teens vent their frustration.
Version: Italian | Length: 26' | Year of production: 2006
| THROUGH MIRCO'S EYES|
The last images he remembers seeing were a thicket of cane in his grandfather’s kitchen garden, the sun and his father’s eyes… Mirco Mencacci became blind at the age of four and since then, his world has been that of sound which he has managed to turn into a profession.
Version: Italian | Length: 51' | Year of production: 2005
| THE SLEEPWALKING VIOLINIST|
What does it mean when you live alone and wake up in the morning to find most of your furniture moved around; or to stay in a hotel while on tour and your fellow musicians ask you why you woke them up in the middle of the night telling them to go out and check the car, which is buried under the snow when you’re in Rome in August? Paola, 26, is a concert violinist and teaches music at Venice’s Collegio della Salute.
Version: Italian | Length: 26' | Year of production: 2005
| A TINY VICTORY|
This documentary tells the story of the rigorous training that some aspiring actors must go through from the time they decide to give shape to their dream until graduation from the famous Paolo Grassi acting school in Milan and the onset of an uncertain professional career.
Version: Italian | Length: 57' | Year of production: 2005
| The Metamorphosis I+II |
After having lived for 43 years in disguise, Fulvio found the courage to tell his wife he has always felt like a woman… Peveragno, a village of 5000 inhabitants in the province of Cuneo, Italy.
Version: Italian | Length: 54'+58' | Year of production: 2005
| LA PARTE DEGLI ANGELI/THE ANGEL'S SHARE|
Michel Couvreur, 70, is the only producer in the world to have ever obtained a licence to produce Scotch whisky outside of Scotland. At Bouze-les Beaune, a typical village in Bourgogne, France, Couvreur himself has dug a system of underground tunnels to deposit the sherry casks where his distillates are aged for over 30 years.
Version: Italian, French | Length: 32' | Year of production: 2005
| IL GIARDINO DEI GIOCHI SEGRETI/THE SECRET WORLD OF MAGIC|
Picasso once said: “All artists are tricksters. However, they help you understand truth”. This definition applies perfectly to the most fleeting and ironical among artists: prestidigitators, illusionists, those who used to be referred to as “magicians”.
Version: Italian | Length: 53' | Year of production: 2005
| NAPLES, RIONE SANITA'|
Rione Sanità is a densely populated quarter in Naples’ historical centre. If you want to roam in its winding lanes you had better find yourself a guide to teach you how to avoid being mugged or swallowed up in the chaotic traffic, and how to turn a blind eye in front of other kinds of “traffic”.
Version: Italian | Length: 52' | Year of production: 2005
| A CHILDHOOD BETRAYED|
The Ice Eldorado
In a gold filled glacier in the Peruvian Andes, at 5400 meters, every day men, women and children risk their lives in the hope of finding some crumbs of this immense treasure.
Version: Italian | Length: 15x30' | Year of production: 2004
| IN SEARCH OF BRUNILDA|
She’s beautiful, Brunilda: a pronounced face, a mature look in her eyes for an 18-year-old, in a seven year old photo. One day in November of ’97, her fiancé requests his future in-law’s permission to take Brunilda to his house for a couple of days.
Version: Italian | Length: 47' | Year of production: 2004
| The Herd of Livelihood|
The livelihood of two young nomad families is threatened. The donation of some sheep, goats and camels will ensure their survival and the continuation of an ancient way of life.
Version: Italian | Length: 58' | Year of production: 2004
| RETURN TO THE SOUTH |
Thirty years after the military coup in Chile, three theatre companies, whose Chilean directors have lived in exile for many years, come together to organize a tour that deals with various themes of the country: from the Mapuche Indians to the neighbourhoods on the outskirts of Santiago
Miguel Angel Cienfuegos is one of these directors: he is also an actor and manager of the Locarno Paravento Theatre.
Version: Italian | Length: 80' | Year of production: 2004
| BETROTHED TO DEATH |
Is the story of a man who bears on his skin the symbol of an absurd challenge, a challenge that gradually turns into a conviction.
His life was disastrous, his “career” in delinquency started early – he was still underage – with thefts, burglaries, drug pushing, homicides and various sentences served in French and Swiss prisons.
Version: Italian | Length: 50' | Year of production: 2004
| BEVERLY HILLS TRAMPS|
A journey into the lives of hoboes in one of the wealthiest areas of America: Beverly Hills. Between Rodeo Drive, the well-known shopping street which became even more famous thanks to the movie Pretty Woman, and billion dollar villas is the American dream which shows its darker side.
Version: Italian English | Length: 12' | Year of production: 2004
For generations, young people have been raised according to traditional family values and life as a couple. These values were passed on from one generation to the next until the generation of people 1968 chose to dismiss them and do away with past taboos.
Version: Italian | Length: 3 x 30' | Year of production: 2004
| IN THE WOLF'S DEN|
In their confinement, some inmates of the high security prison in a Tuscan town have succeeded in bringing forth an extraordinary experience in drama and human relationships.
Version: Italian | Length: 54' | Year of production: 2004
| SAN PATRIGNANO: HOPE FOR A WAY OUT|
One month in close contact with the over 2000 guests at San Patrignano, the community for the rehabilitation of drug addicts in Botticella, Italy. The inmates themselves relate their difficult struggle to free themselves from their addiction with openness and humane depth.
Version: Italian | Length: 53' | Year of production: 2004
| THE RAT, THE CITY AND THE POISON|
Rats have always been perceived as evil disease carriers, kings of the reign of darkness. Why is that? Perhaps this is due to the fact that rats live in our vicinity, and thus reflect our most ancient fears.
Version: Italian French German | Length: 47' | Year of production: 2004
| A LOVE BEYOND BARS |
Lugano, La Stampa prison. The story of a couple of drug dealers who try in every way to keep their family together, despite all difficulties and the long prison sentence, all for the love of their little boy.
Version: Italian | Length: 49' | Year of production: 2004
| Afghanistan: Burka and Bread |
How has the daily life of women changed in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime? An insider’s view.
At last, women were free to go out of the house, cast away their burkas, and get a job.
Version: Italian | Length: 30' | Year of production: 2004
Susanita's story seems to be the imaginary tale of a novelist. It is a story in which tragedy and joys play hide-and-seek. Rejected by her natural mother, the little girl is taken to an orphanage.
Version: italian | Length: 26' | Year of production: 2003
| A WOMB WITH A VIEW THE QUEST FOR MATERNAL INSTINCT |
“If we want to reach real peace in the world, we must start with the children.” Mahatma Gandhi
Alessandra, a professional actress and theatrical promoter, is expecting a baby.
Version: italian | Length: 52' | Year of production: 2003
| RESTRICTED HORIZONS |
Detention is a black hole where inmates are segregated and kept away from the eyes of the world. A widely held opinion on the outside is that prison is a “non-place”.
Version: italian | Length: 24' | Year of production: 2003
| SKATES AND GUNS |
Monica Bonfanti is in her thirties. Growing up in Southern Switzerland, she studied criminology and is specialized in guns. She also published a book on the subject.
Version: italian | Length: 42' | Year of production: 2003
| BARBARA HOFMANN: MY HOME IN AFRICA|
What has compelled a pretty young woman to give up Geneva’s rich business world to embrace the fate of some forsaken people of the earth? For over ten years Barbara Hofmann has been assisting and educating the orphans and street children of Mozambique.
Version: Italian | Length: 51' | Year of production: 2002
| AUROVILLE: FROM UTOPIA TO REALITY|
In Southern India there is a town where 2000 people hailing from 30 different countries are living up to their dream of a united human race. They believe that mankind has reached the threshold of a new consciousness, and are therefore turning their immediate environment into a laboratory where this dream can be fulfilled.
Version: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish | Length: 52' | Year of production: 2002
| BENARES: THE EYE, THE MIND AND THE HEART|
It is said that those who journey to Benares will find their true soul, as the holy city is a microcosm, a mirror reflecting the entire human condition.
Version: italian | Length: 3x55' | Year of production: 2002
| SURGERY WITH A HEART|
Every year, Swiss surgeons and anaesthesiologists give of their own free time and volunteer to work in Mongolian hospitals. One of them remarked: “Love is unconditional, and you don’t keep score.
Version: Italian | Length: 62' | Year of production: 2002
| FULL STOP, NEW LIFE|
Incredible but true! In the heart of the Tropics, in a remote area of the plateau of the Mayans in Guatemala, the small village of Acul is well-known for its “queso suizo” or Swiss cheese production.
Version: Italian | Length: 45' | Year of production: 2002
| AT A WHELLCHAIR PACE |
What is it like to be born, to grow up, to think, to look, to love… to live in a wheelchair? This documentary attempts an all-encompassing reflection of life with the help of Tonino, a highly intelligent and sensitive man whose story is both personal and universal.
Version: Italian | Length: 47' | Year of production: 2002
| INTERACTING HANDS |
Theo lives with a pair of new hands, Giuseppe uses his hands to play music and to build furniture, and Aloïs has to use his mother’s hands as his only means of communication.
Version: Italian | Length: 50' | Year of production: 2002
| Pilgrimages on St. Patrick's mountains|
Croagh Patrick, in north-western Ireland, is the only sacred mountain in Europe. It is also the only one which is actively and intensely venerated by Christians.
Version: Italian | Length: 39' | Year of production: 2001
| Shorts - Reflections on various subject matters|
We live in the age of the pill: to cure any ailment of the body or mind, we just pop a pill. Why then not take a break, and give a chance to laughter – the best medicine – with these sparkling, thought-provoking and hilarious new shorts, featuring an unusual range of topics: from the origin of greetings to why men cry more than women when they’re in love and the main difference between man and the ape? The pleasant effect is guaranteed to last between 1.
Version: Italian, English | Length: 54x2' (English 17x2') | Year of production: 2001
| Pizza story|
The word “pizza” belongs to every language, and pizza restaurants can be found throughout the world. Pizza-makers have a job with a future. One start out with some leavened and flattened dough, and uses his imagination for the garnishing.
Version: Italian | Length: 50' | Year of production: 2001
| Silicon Valley Dreams|
Despite the sudden drop in the performance of technology stocks, at Silicon Valley computer strategists continue to work undauntedly with an optimistic attitude on the future developments of the economy.
Version: Italian, English | Length: 43' | Year of production: 2001
| A Swiss man named Mohamed|
Mohamed Berranem, 71, is married and is the father of two: Nadia and Elias, who has just done military service. Mohamed is a taxi driver. He has lived in Switzerland for forty years, and became a Swiss citizen about twenty years ago.
Version: Italian, French, German, English | Length: 51' | Year of production: 2001
| Made in Switzerland|
This series is an exciting tour of several world-renowned Swiss companies that became symbols of Switzerland around the globe. The programme includes interviews with the companies’ managers and staff in an attempt to discover the keys to the success of their products, and leads the viewer through the various stages of transforming raw materials into a finished product.
Version: italian | Length: 7 x 20' | Year of production: 2001
| Alps - Evolution and Tradition|
Nowadays mobility in and through the Alps is ensured, but was this so in the past? How did people travel then, how far and where to? What was the result of all this mobility, of all this travelling? The programme visits the Alps using paths that were up until now known only to a small number of scholars, and examines them from a present-day perspective.
Version: Italian | Length: 41' | Year of production: 2001
| Challenged love - Very special love stories|
Vanna is a mature woman who is still as pretty as she was at a younger age, when she attracted the eyes of young men passing by the park bench where she sat, chatting with her girlfriends.
Version: Italian | Length: 49' | Year of production: 2001
| Diablo - Four-legged eyesight|
Like pieces of a life mosaic, from one story to the next, this report delicately puts together the experience of Sabrina and her dog, Diablo. When the young girl was affected by progressive blindness, she had the feeling there was nothing she could do.
Version: Italian | Length: 27' | Year of production: 2000
| Violins in the forest|
The world’s most extraordinary music conservatory is located in a tiny Bolivian village, somewhere between the Andes and Amazonia. Among the Guarayo people there are hundreds of young musicians aged 6 to 18 years who have safeguarded the ancient tradition of Baroque music which was taught to their forefathers by the Spanish Jesuits.
Version: Italian, English | Length: 47' | Year of production: 2000
| The future is in the past - Statements of a restless age|
The following are some of the statements made by the young people who were interviewed for the programme: “I wonder: have you ever been young? I ask you, and I’d like to ask the same question to all those people who are constantly criticizing those who are still young.
Version: Italian | Length: 50' | Year of production: 2000
| The wonder of charity|
People with physical or mental handicaps or other illnesses, the elderly, drug addicts, immigrants… they are the poor, sorrowful masses of guests of the “Piccola Casa della Divina Provvidenza” in Turin.
Version: Italian | Length: 39' | Year of production: 2000
| For the love of cigars|
Garibaldi, Verdi, Ungaretti, Puccini, Soldati, Gianni Brera were all cigar smokers. So were the older generations in our families, before cigarettes became the smoker’s daily bread.
Version: Italian | Length: 18' | Year of production: 2000
| Pretty colors: kids, drugs and techno music|
Suburbia Los Angeles: A poignant look into the lives of two American ravers. Escaping their dysfunctional families and their boredom in suburbia, Sarah and Stacey find shelter in the underground rave scene.
Version: English | Length: 76' | Year of production: 2000
| Hammam: Myth and traditions of the Turkish bath|
Like the harem, the hammam, or Turkish bath, has long remained a mysterious place that has captured the imagination of many Westerners following the accounts of travellers who had visited the Orient.
Version: Italian | Length: 37' | Year of production: 2000
| Women's long walk|
1900 has been called the women’s century. 100 years of achievement and defeat not only for women, but for mankind. Retracing the long walk of women towards emancipation means also summing up the contradictions, injustices and disparities in the world at the beginning of the new Millenium.
Version: Italian with interview in English and French | Length: 3x50' | Year of production: 2000
Margaret Biever Mondavi, Queen of Napa Valley|
Born in the Swiss canton of Appenzell Ausser Rhoden, Margrit Biever grew up in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino. After World War II, she married an American officer with whom she travelled around the world, wherever the American soldiers were stationed: Europe, Japan, the United States.
Version: Italian | Length: 30' | Year of production: 2000
| The wounded Goddess|
1. THE MEMORY OF INDIA
India is the goddess with the hair of water whose splendour has been poisoned. The high levels of pollution are jeopardizing the five sacred elements of Indian tradition.
Version: Italian | Length: 5x60' | Year of production: 1999
| The rock of enclosure|
The Monastery of Santa Maria Assunta is one of the most beautiful places of prayer in Southern Switzerland. As restoration work began, the ancient monastery had to open certain areas to workers and, following discrete mediation, it was possible to take some exceptional pictures.
Version: Italian | Length: 73' | Year of production: 1999
| Jubilee 2000 - The frontiers of catholicism at the turn of the third millennium|
Christianity is celebrating its 2000th anniversary. How is it faring? The programme focuses on one perspective, that of Catholicism, which is the dominant religion in our country, without losing sight of other ecumenical aspects.
Version: Italian | Length: 8x60' | Year of production: 1999
| Trucks in my mind|
What’s the life of a trucker like? The question is answered in this documentary which features three pretty sisters from Tuscany and two men, one from the Southern Switzerland and the other from the Grisons.
Version: Italian | Length: 54' | Year of production: 1999
| Rosaleda, a corner of Switzerland in the Chaco|
Ten years ago, while they were holidaying in Paraguay, a couple from Bern discovered an impervious, inhospitable and sparsely populated region tucked away in an absolutely level countryside, six times the size of Switzerland: the Chaco.
Version: Italian, French | Length: 75' | Year of production: 1999
| Living in Peking today|
Once more, China is approaching the West, but in a different manner. Now that the historic age of ideology and opposition of the world powers is over, the China of today is looking to the future.
Version: Italian | Length: 47' | Year of production: 1998
| Twins - Life in blueprint|
"We were born on Carnival day, and our father thought this to be a joke" say the pretty twins from Losone, telling of their life in perfect symbiosis.
Version: Italian | Length: 47' | Year of production: 1998
| Fashion portraits - Great Italian stylist|
Interview with Gianfranco Ferré, Roberta di Camerino, Laura Biagiotti, Missoni and the wellknown Marta Marzotto.
- Gianfranco Ferré
- Roberta di Camerino
- Laura Biagiotti
- Marta Marzotto
Version: Italian, French | Length: 5x18' | Year of production: 1998
| Eleven friends|
Two teams from ex-Yugoslavia; Croatia and Yugoslavia have participated at the World Cup Championships of 1998 in France. On the football field was a confrontation between players who, eight years ago at the Rome World Cup, played on the same side.
Version: Italian, French, German, English | Length: 54' | Year of production: 1998
| Hair-line distinction|
Very few people can profess indifference to their own or to other people’s hair. Consequently, an entertaining portrait gallery of “hair-lines” is used as a backdrop as this documentary unwinds.
Version: Italian | Length: 50' | Year of production: 1997
| In my solitude|
What is this impalpable ailing that afflicts man at the end of the millennium? Loneliness. This is the void that makes us feel lost and weak. Solitude that, with no distinction of age, sex or class, catches off guard many, too many human beings, especially in contemporary western society.
Version: Italian | Length: 43' | Year of production: 1997
| For food or for fun: par fom a passion|
An unpublished passage from the poem by Meninrado Devittori where he describes the meeting between a border guard and a poacher, opens this film. This is a documentary about the changes that have occurred in the custom of poaching, as seen through the testimonies of three generations of poachers, in a valley of Ticino.
Version: Italian, French | Length: 80' | Year of production: 1997
What does it take to make a good cheese? Good quality milk (quality cows and good grass) a competent and expert dairyman, and a beautiful valley. Gruyère possesses all these elements.
Version: Italian | Length: 10' | Year of production: 1996
| The pioneer of silence|
Eugenia Pirzio Biroli, a name that in Chile is perhaps more well-known than that of the President. Married to professor Godoy, a lecturer at the university and tenor at the Opera of Santiago del Chile in his free time, she decided, in 1957, to leave behind the comforts of the capital in order to help the less fortunate.
Version: Italian, English | Length: 48' | Year of production: 1996
| Animals that feed us|
This documentary deals with the complex connections between the consumer, seated at the dinner table, and the animals that provide the meat he eats. Following the “mad cow” disease, beef, that used to be considered a princely meal, has fallen into disgrace.
Version: Italian | Length: 58' | Year of production: 1996
| Round trip - The train is my world|
They often travel on the 303, this is the number assigned to the last train which travels every night from the north down to the south of Switzerland.
Version: Italian, English | Length: 42' | Year of production: 1996
| City of joy|
Many may have seen the film, and many may have read the book by Dominique Lapierre. A TSI team followed the author who returned to Calcutta to activate a series of humanitarian projects, financed in part by the proceeds from royalties.
Version: Italian | Length: 20' | Year of production: 1996
| Sister death|
Some have their ashes scattered from a helicopter over the Matterhorn, others - more than a hundred already - have chosen as their last resting-place the “Spilemann da” Alp, an alpine cemetery run by a poet-mountaineer from the canton Fribourg who has chosen to face the problem of death in a most original way.
Version: Italian, English, Spanish | Length: 50' | Year of production: 1995
| Words of silence|
Evelyn Glennie, world renown Scottish percussionist, Emmanuelle Laborit, winner of a Cesar, the utmost theatrical award, Maria Conchita Gil, flamenco dancer, Joel Challude mime: four artists who have one thing in common, they are all deaf.
Version: Italian, English | Length: 41' | Year of production: 1995
| Violence in the cities|
Robbing a jewelry store at age 14, dealing drugs at 17, beating up a tramp with no reason at all at 16... these minors whose lives are already tragically marked by violence tell their story with great precision and a lucid mind.
Version: Italian, French | Length: 45' | Year of production: 1994
| Love, nothing but love|
For a handicapped person the experience of love in all its psychic and physical aspects means dealing with taboos and prejudice, on which the documentary sheds a harsh light through powerful, honest and moving interviews.
Version: Italian | Length: 50' | Year of production: 1993
| An odyssey in language|
A voyage through the richness, problems and curious aspects of the world Babel. Why can man speak and apes not? How many languages are there in the world? What is the most complex one, from the phonetic point of view? In how many languages has the Bible been translated? Who is responsible for its various versions? What are the characteristics of Chinese, the most widely spoken language in the world? Is English really the language of world communication? Wouldn’t Malay, Italian or Esperanto do as well? How is an artificial language born? Are there any efficient translating machines? “An Odyssey in Language” explores the world of languages and their speakers.
Version: Italian, French, German | Length: 6x55' | Year of production: 1993
| Night and day of life in America|
“America is booming: millions of computers, cars, mobile phones. Need a pick-me-up? Then fill up with cholesterol and sodium at McDonald’s! Everything is readily available, providing you have some indispensable raw material, i.
Version: Italian, English | Length: 53' | Year of production: 1993