One day, the director Alina Marazzi discovers some old home movies shot by her grandfather of her mother, Liseli. Liseli died when she was 7 years old and Marazzi has no memories of her. Impressed with and touched by the old footage, she reconstructs her mother’s life based on that footage and diaries in this challenging and experimental documentary.
Through the material from the old home movies, the sentences from old diaries, and her daughter’s narration, Liseli is given a new life-though only in this film. We hear the inner voice of Liseli, who suffered and died from melancholia induced by patriarchal repressions, through the voice of her own daughter. The footage from home movies intended as proof of a happy family take on a different meaning, conflicting with the inner monologues of a suffering woman. (Kwon Eun-sun)
Alina MarazziAlina Marazzi
Alina Marazzi was born in 1964 and lives in Milano. Has directed several TV documentaries on social issues; works as assistant director on feature films, mainly with Italian director Giuseppe Piccioni (Not of this world, Light of my eyes). Collaborates with the artistic group Studio Azzurro, both on film projects and interactive installations. She has run workshops in prisons in Italy, and has worked for two years for the Fabrica project, under the artistic direction of Godfrey Reggio (Koyaanisqatsi). Her documentary films include Il Declino di Milano(1992), Mediterraneo, Il Mare Industrializzato(1993), Ragazzi Dentro(1997) and Il Sogno Tradito(1999).