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Break The Siege



Italy, 2015, HD - Color - 22:45

DIRECTED BY:
Giulia Giorgi

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Tom Siemieniec

EDITING:
Victor Rosalini Spacek

MUSIC:
Ice One

SOUND:
Costantino Fazzari

PRODUCER:
Giulia Giorgi

PRODUCTION:
BABURKA PRODUCTION, BADU BROS, in association with ASSOPACE PALESTINA

WORLD SALES:
BABURKA PRODUCTION

STORY DESCRIPTION:

“Break The Siege” is a documentary that aims at being a screenshot of the Palestinian hip-hop scene, which has emerged, in the last ten years, distinguishing for its incredible internal growth and the international resonance. Shot during the international project “Hip Hop Smash the Wall”, organized by Assopace Palestina, that has brought together various Italian hip-hop artists with a group of artists that, even if not necessarily world famous, are anyway active members of the Palestinian hip-hop community, dedicated to its growth and expansion. The documentary has offered them a chance to get their voice heard from behind the walls, both physical and mental, which are forced around them. Thanks to the documentary we can see how these young boys and girls have integrated their own culture with an universal language : The project demonstrates how hip hop can act as an incredible transnational culture, that allows to tear down various walls. The film manages to capture the participants’ impressions in real time, collecting important testimonies, not just concerning hip hop, but also the lives of the Palestinian members of this community. This is also evident from the ten tracks of the record that has been realized by Italian and Palestinian rappers, as part of the project, which is also the documentary’s original score.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Giulia Giorgi is one of the founders of the production cooperative “Baburka Production”, responsible for “Badu Bros.” the cooperative's section that deals with Hip Hop culture projects. She is also head of “Baburka Factory”, the SFX, make-up, stage objects and settings inbound workshop of the cooperative. She has worked as make-up artist and SFX designer on various sets, from feature films to music videos, collaborating with great movie artists like cult horror director Ruggero Deodato. She has won the “Best Make-up” prize at the “Offanego Film Festival” (ITA) for the short movie “Dead Blood”, produced by Baburka Production in 2012. Among her various interests there is Arabic calligraphy, a discipline that she has managed to fuse with other artistic expression forms, as body painting and visual arts, and that acts as bond to her other great interest sphere. She has in fact worked in the social and intercultural fields since High School, organizing and promoting various social projects. She is moreover the founder of the association “Sguardo sul Medio Oriente” (An Eye on the Middle East), which manages one of the biggest internet information portals on Arabic and Islamic related subjects in Rome. In 2012 she directed and produced "1 World Under a Groove",a documentary on an intercultural exchange between break dancers from five Mediterranean countries, which premiered at the Euromed Youth Awards in Jordan, winning the first prize for best project.

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