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River Memories

By Gianluca e Massimiliano De Serio


Over one thousand people of different nationalities live among rats and rubbish in shacks slapped together out of metal sheets and wood.

It’s the platz, one of the largest shanty towns in Europe, on the banks of the river Stura in Turin. Many children, women and old people have been living here for years in what has become a practically invisible microcosm that will soon no longer exist. 

By December 2014 a very ambitious project with a high social impact and involving many problematic issues, envisages the dismantling of the huts and the immediate relocation of the families into normal housing. River memories provides an account of the life in this shanty town during its last remaining days, amid distress, drama, hope and scenes from a different way of life.


Production La Sarraz Pictures
In coproduction with Rai Cinema
With the contribution by Mibact
With the sponsor of Piemonte Doc Film Fund
Press agency Livia delle Fratte & Lucrezia Viti
First screening 72th Venice Film Festival

Artistic Spec

Produced by Alessandro Borrelli
Director Gianluca e Massimiliano De Serio
Story Gianluca e Massimiliano De Serio
D.O.P. Gianluca e Massimiliano De Serio
Editing Stefano Cravero
On stage recording Giovanni Corona, Tommaso Bosso
Sound editing Mirko Guerra
Mixing Mirko Guerra
Executive producer Alessandro Borrelli

Tech Spec

Film lenght 140
Original format HD
Original language Rumeno, Italiano
Subtitles Italiano
Location Torino
Release date 2015-09-11

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