If Only I Were That Warrior is a feature documentary film focusing on the Italian occupation of Ethiopia in 1935. Following the recent construction of a monument dedicated to Fascist general Rodolfo Graziani, the film addresses the unpunished war crimes he and others committed in the name of Mussolini’s imperial ambitions. The stories of three characters, filmed in present day Ethiopia, Italy and the United States, take the audience on a journey through the living memories and the tangible remains of the Italian occupation of Ethiopia — a journey that crosses generations and continents to today, where this often overlooked legacy still ties the fates of two nations and their people.
A DOCUMENTARY BY VALERIO CIRIACI
Valerio Ciriaci is a Brooklyn based documentary filmmaker. He graduated with a major in Communication Sciences from La Sapienza University in Rome with a thesis on Jean Rouch and ethno-fiction. In 2011 he moved to New York City to attend documentary classes at New York Film Academy. In 2012 he cofounded Awen Films. In 2013 he created Short Italian Tales, a documentary series portraying the lives of Italians living in New York, for i-Italy TV airing on NYC Life (Channel 25). His first two short documentaries, “Melodico” and “Treasure – The Story of Marcus Hook”, were selected at various film festivals including Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and Bari International Film Festival. “If Only I Were That Warrior” is his first feature film.
IF ONLY I WERE THAT WARRIOR / 2015 / 72 minutes
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