Juan is a Kurdish boy. When he was young he has been arrested and tortured by Turkish police as the government suspected him to be an agent of the PKK, a terrorist organization. He left Turkey and he’s been living for nine years as a refugee, in France. He now lives in Paris where he works as a waiter and cultivates his passions: theatre and dance. Recently Juan received unexpected news: his naturalization was successful. Protected by his French citizenship he will be able to set foot in Turkey for the first time in ten years. The documentary follows his return to his hometown Kerboran. Juan will celebrate the Kurdish New Year’s eve and will renew contact with his family and friends in a disturbing journey in the footsteps of his past.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Riccardo Centola accomplished a degree in Film Studies in 2008 with a dissertation on the director Bernardo Bertolucci. In 2011 he terminates a Master Degree in Historical, critical and theoretical studies on cinema, with a dissertation on African director Aderrahmane Sissako . In 2012 he obtained a second Professional Master Degree in Creation and direction of documentary films at the University of Paris VIII. From 2004 to 2008 he attended as assistant in the Acting Classes directed by the Italian actor and director Lino Damiani. He’s been casting assistant for Jorgelina Depetris (UIC) for the movies Giorni e Nuvole by Silvio Soldini and Agrodolce, a TV series produced by RAI. He’s currently working in Paris as an editor and director. He is journalist for Cinemafrica.org an Italian magazine dedicated to African cinema and the African diaspora. In 2013 he has completed his first documentary film.