Erasmus in Gaza
Spain, 2022, 88 min
Chiara Avesani, Matteo Delbo
Language & Subtitles:
English, Italian, Arabic; subtitles in Hebrew and English
Best Long Reportage Award at DIG Awards 2022 (Italy), Best Documentary Golden Nymph Award at Monte-Carlo Television Festival 2022 (Monaco), Youth Jury Award at Docs Barcelona 2022 (Spain), Millenium Film Festival 2022 (Belgium), DocsValencia 2022 (Spain), TRT Documentary Awards 2022 (Turkey), , Biografilm Festival 2022 (Italy), Galway Film Fleadh 2022 (Ireland), Primed 2022 (France), Disappear Here Film Festival 2022 (Ireland), EBS International Documentary Festival EIDF 2022 ( South Korea), Human Rights Film Festival Berlin 2022 (Germany)
European students who are sent to student exchange programs usually expect to be in a smiling sunny city, get to know a foreign culture and travel in a peaceful and colorful country. Ricardo, a 24-year-old student from the University of Siena, the main protagonist of the film by directors Matteo Delbò and Chiara Avesani, finds himself far from Europe: deep in the horrors unfolding in the Gaza Strip.
Ricardo is the first student to arrive in Gaza as part of a student exchange program, and he soon discovers that this is not a carefree vacation. The young Italian dreams of becoming a surgeon in war zones, so for him, the journey to Gaza is a real mission. However, when another round of violence breaks out between Israel and the organizations in the Gaza Strip, Ricardo finds himself at the center of pressure, and must make difficult decisions.
10.12.22 | Opening remarks: Andrea Pontiroli, Deputy Head of the European Union Delegation to Israel