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Grazia Deledda The Revolutionary by Cecilia Mangini and Paolo Pisanelli



Grazia Deledda The Revolutionary by Cecilia Mangini and Paolo Pisanelli

150 Anniversario Nascita Grazia Deledda

Grazia Deledda, The Revolutionary Directed by Cecilia Mangini and Paolo Pisanelli

Italy, 2021, 53'

Italian with English subtitles



A cinematic journey that brings to life the world of Sardinian writer and ethnographer, Grazia Deledda, through unpublished documents and manuscripts. The first Italian woman and writer to obtain the Nobel Prize for literature in 1926 “for her idealistically inspired writing, which with plastic clarity depicts life on her native island and faces the struggles of humanity with depth and sympathy,” Grazia Deledda was a revolutionary. She went beyond the confines of male-dominated culture and followed her own creative path as an artist and as a woman. The year 2021 marks the 150th anniversary of her birth.


Cecilia Mangini (Mola di Bari, 1927 - Rome, 2021) documentary maker and photographer. From her earliest work, Cecilia Mangini offered a committed, attentive and personal perspective on the individual and society, with particular focus on the themes of marginality, immigration and social justice. She was the first woman in Italy to make documentaries during the post-war period, and was the screenwriter of several feature films and more than forty short films, mostly made in collaboration with her husband Lino Del Fra. Her camera explored Italy from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, often turning its gaze on Southern Italy and Puglia, to document the rituals of an ancient culture that were disappearing in the wake of the rapid changes of the economic boom. In 2009 Cecilia received the Medal of the President of the Republic, "for passing on to future generations, through her work as a documentary filmmaker, some of the most beautiful images of Italy in the 1950s and 1960s.” Since 2016 she has made documentaries and short films co-directed with Paolo Pisanelli.

Paolo Pisanelli (Lecce, 1965) photographer and filmmaker. After receiving a degree in architecture, Paolo Pisanelli completed his studies at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. He has worked as a photojournalist and still photographer, and since 1997 has dedicated himself to the direction of documentary films. Pisanelli has focused on cities, immigration, and social issues, receiving awards at both national and international festivals. He has taught filmmaking at the University of Teramo, the CSC in L’Aquila and Palermo, the DAMS of the University of Salento, and the Gian Maria Volontè Film Art School in Rome. He is the creator of RadioUèb and la radio in pillole, and is the founder and artistic director of Cinema del Reale, a festival of authors and audiovisual that takes place every year in Salento.

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Please note that the link & password you'll receive upon registration are valid for 24 hours from Tuesday 28 September at 8.00pm (UK TIME) to Wednesday 29 September at 8:00 (UK TIME).



Date: Da Tuesday, September 28, 2021 a Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Time: At 8:00 pm

Organized by : Italian Cultural Institute in Edinburgh

In collaboration with : Istituto Superiore Etnografico della Sardegna and Associazione Culturale OfficinaVisioni

Entrance : Free