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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Mud road

director: Francesco De Giorgi
original title: Mud road
country: Ethiopia, Italy
year: 2019
running time: 10 min.

synopsis

A three-hundred-kilometer unmaintained dirt road is the only way to reach the nearest hospital from a remote African village. Through naturalistic observational camerawork, the film captures the journey of an ambulance driver in southern Ethiopia struggling to overcome all possible obstacles in order to safely deliver a laboring woman to the doctors.

biography

Italian filmmaker Francesco De Giorgi (1992) studied classical studies and film directing and producing. In addition to documentary filmmaking he is also engaged in film and television production and advertising.

more about film

director: Francesco De Giorgi
producer: Francesco De Giorgi
editing: Giovanni Iavarone
sound: Tommaso Barbaro, Tommaso Barbaro

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