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Marianne Bernstein / Danielle Lessovitz
        7 Gennaio/14 Febbraio2015

La ricerca di Marianne Bernstein e Danielle Lessovitzsi concentra sui transiti in Sicilia di famiglie immigrate, un breve scambio e incontro tra culture diverse che in apparenza non lascia alcun segno. ‘’Che cosa si lasciano dietro quando lasciano il loro paese? Che cosa scelgono di conservare? Chi si diventa quando non hanno più un posto? come questi rifugiati sono influenzati e ricaricati da un nuovo luogo in cui stanno e sperano di appartenere?’’ Queste sono alcune delle domande che Marianne e Danielle si sono fatte pianificando il loro obbiettivo che è quello di realizzare un film, documentando le problematiche e le fatiche di una famiglia, che lotta per mettere radici in una terra straniera. La poetica del film si concentra sull’evoluzione del tempo, primavera, estate, autunno, inverno riflettendo sul rapporto tra il soggetto e un nuovo paesaggio. La loro pellicola si propone di dare un volto a coloro che cercano asilo, mostrando la lotta permanente e l'umanità fra chi cerca un posto e coloro che lo offrono.

The research of Marianne Bernstein and Danielle Lessovitz focuses on transits in Sicily of immigrants family, a brief exchange and encounter between different cultures that apparently does not leave 
any marks. What does one leave behind when they leave their country? What do they choose to preserve? Who does one become when they no longer have a place? And how do these refugees influence and reenergize the new place to which they’re hoping to belong? These are some of the questions that Marianne and Danielle have made planning their goal which is to make a film
documenting the problems and hardships of a family, struggling to put down roots in a foreign land. The poetics of the film focuses on the evolution of time, spring, summer, autumn, winter reflecting on their slide and the relationship between the subject and a new landscape. Their film aims to give a face to those seeking asylum, sho 
wing the permanent struggle between humanity and those looking for a place and those who have one to give.

To make a film highlighting the current refugee crisis in Sicily. Over the course of the residency, we chose to focus our film on a 12 year old Egyptian refugee boy named Taha, who recently arrived without his parents aboard a livestock boat to Sicily. The film, in production, follows him around the town of Noto as he navigates a new culture.

Marianne Bernstein


Marianne Bernstein is an American artist and curator who has been working since the 1990’s creating projects which function as social catalysts, either around specific issues or between diverse communities of people. Her current curatorial project, is focusing on Sicily. Bernstein was a recipient of a 2013 Visual Arts Fellowship from the Independence Foundation and completed two residencies in Iceland for her work for Due North at Dionysia in the Westfjords and Nes in Skagaströnd on the north coast. Her 2003 film From Philadelphia to the Front traveled to fifteen film festivals worldwide. 

Danielle Lessovitz is an American film director currently working in New York City. A graduate of Northwestern university, she studied documentary film and sound design for installations Her films have been screened twice at the Turin Film Festival in 2012 and 2013. As well as the Philadelphia International Film Festival, Rooftop Films Summer Series, San Francisco Short Film Festival, recentlycompleted a residency at MacDowell Colony.