Monica Mazzitelli - 30'40"

(Italy, Mozambique)


Twenty girls grow up in an orphanage called "O Viveiro" ("the nursery", in Portuguese), building their lives one millimeter per day, in the miserable and unhealthy town of Chitima, in Mozambique. Orphan or poor, or both, they get an opportunity to invest in themselves, learn knowledge or professions, re-educate to receiving affection, set fractures of what past experiences have shattered. Not all of them succeed. 
“Dignity” narrates without rhetoric these girls and young women’s stories, their epic, their poetry, their falls, their success. But above all their splendor. 
Elegant and powerful photography to show the inner beauty of the girls. Their ability to grow strongly from nothing, like flowers in the desert; stories are narrated mostly through their words, their need to pass on the story of themselves, create their own myth-making. 
A documentary about the possibility of dignity for women, for all women, in Africa and elsewhere.



Director not to present this film for Public, the Jury can award the film through private screening.



Monica Mazzitelli

Monica Mazzitelli, born in Rome in 1964. Director, reviewer, writer. 

I am currently participating and winning over forty festivals with a documentary film shot in Mozambique called Dignity, a touching narration of a girls orphanage. I am also competing with a noir short-film called The Coltrane Code. 

A previous short-film called Midsommar from 2013 was also selected for some international festivals. An older short about the evil aspects of copyright "The Disney Trap – How copyright steals our stories", has been watched by over 1,840,000 people on YouTube. 
I shot many videos, in particular for the Swedish jazz pianist Daniel Karlsson. One of them was selected for screening at the national Grammies award, for the first time in jazz music history. 
Before, I have also shot some booktrailers for many important Italian novelists.

I am fully aware that every cent spent in cinema does show in the final product. And yet, I am trying to prove that talent, passion, and a true heart, do make a difference just as well. 
So far, I have won in one fourth of the festivals I have been selected for: I call this a huge result for a Ms Penny(less) Nobody such as me :)