Oltre la Sicilia (Au-delà de la Sicile)

Tamara Lanfranconi – Oltre la Sicilia (Au-delà de la Sicile)

When I was about twelve years old, my life and my father's life began to run parallel paths that crossed only from time to time; even in his most mature years he remains for me a mysterious, almost invented character. When his health began to worsen, I decided to make the first trip to my native land, Sicily, hoping to reconnect with him.

Diploma project (2008) by Tamara Lanfranconi

Tag
documentary

Fiction

Synopsis

When I was about twelve years old, my life and my father's life began to run in two parallel paths that crossed only from time to time; even in his most mature years he remains for me a mysterious, almost invented character. When his health conditions started to worsen, I decided to make the first trip to my native land, Sicily, hoping to reconnect with him.

My father left Palermo at the age of seven, in the March of '43, and he decided never to return there without ever giving me the opportunity to appropriate and share my roots with him.

This journey represents for me the answer to his silence, a reply to an absence, but also a research that helps me to understand what symbolizes for me a land unknown and until now only imagined, to arrive at the conclusion that what I need to face is at the starting point. 

Tamara Lanfranconi