The project

“Faces” is a short film project focused on the theme of human disability. The short film, all set in a historical landmark theatre, involves normally able actors and actors with disabilities, and in particular people with Down Syndrome.
We intend to stimulate a dibate about this crucial question, and at the same time our goal is to facilitate the integration of people with by any form of disability. We intend to reach our goal through a large Fund Raising action that involves Institutional partnerships, Private Sponsors and also common people.
We believe that real integration comes also as the effect of a cultural process, and for this reason we want to use art (film art in this case) as a way to reach and testify to the possibility and by reality of this integration.

The disable is “ACTIVELY” involved as a partecipant. We don’t want just to speak about disability as a subject, we intend to concretly show the potentials never expressed by these people. The cinematic art makes this kind of integration possible, constituting a real example of how phisically challenged people can express their creativity as well as people without any disability.

This project is produced by the Production Company “Blue Film”, with the collaboration of the cultural organization “Hana-bi”.

Synopsis

Riccardo, a 10 year-old child with Down Syndrome, has a big passion: theatre. He lives in a little town where a small company comprised of a director – a nobleman who inherited the small theatre from his family -, and Mister De Angelis – usherette but also handyman – periodically stages shows with the young and talented actor Mattia.
Every day Riccardo, with the help of Mister De Angelis, secretely goes to the theatre to see the rehearsals with his favourite actor, Mattia, who is preparing his show as a mime, inspirated by French actor Marcel Marceau. But Mattia has a big secret, and nobody in town knows it. The only one who knows his secret is Mister De Angelis.

Artistic Goals

The main goal of “Faces” is to think about the question of the integrating process with the “other”, trying to reflect on the “recognition” of the “other”.
“Otherness”, in our film, is represented by people with a disability. We want to look at the integration mechanisms occuring in the relation between normally able people and phisically challenged people, in order to underline the obstacles that prevent them from a concretely integrating in our society.