The menopause is a natural phase in every woman’s life. Yet even today it is difficult not to associate it with illness or to talk about it in society without feeling a certain embarrassment. We tend to hide it. After discovering that she was one of the 1.5 billion women worldwide facing the menopause, the author decided to talk openly about it. She embarked on a personal journey of research amidst hormonal changes, laboratory analyses, the advice of friends, the lack of interest shown by advertising in this subject, a hypnosis session and much more. A documentary that comes to terms with the commonplaces and taboos that still surround being a woman, and which therefore encourages us to reflect more generally on femininity and the issue of gender.
Redea Production had the pleasure and the honour to contribute with a second camera to the work on the documentary by Gianluca Grossi: A reporter’s journey to Lebanon in search of a seriously wounded child he filmed during the 2006 war. An intimate reflection on the the war and on the meaning of his profession.
Thirty years ago, when the Wall began to fall in Berlin, the author experienced this historic event first-hand on site. Three decades later, the decision to make a journey through reunified Germany also responds to a desire to understand the personal significance of that experience.
From the West to the East and finally to Berlin: the main stages are shared with Thomas, a citizen of the former DDR who literally bears the consequences of an escape attempt in his twenties.
The interweaving of his testimony with that of the other characters she met conveys the atmosphere in which the Germans are preparing to commemorate this anniversary. 30 Years in November is an original snapshot of a Germany grappling with the contradictions of its recent past.
Ioan, Ditmir and Alfredo are serving their sentences in La Stampa prison. Eros has worked there as a prison officer for eleven years. They share, albeit on opposite sides, the relationship with the world inside, the prison reality that the documentary recounts in all its dimensions, providing an exclusive testimony by virtue of the access allowed to the cameras. The protagonists have agreed to talk barefaced about their lives behind bars, the dimension of time, the meaning of the word freedom, the relationship between good and evil, the sentence imposed, the guilt to be expiated and what it means to work in a prison, a closed world parallel to the reality we all know.
They are patient, but also passionate. They lurk, they wait and they know how to seize the moment. They are the image hunters. Amateurs and professionals who spend a lot of time in nature looking for the perfect shot. Most of their photographs depict birds, which most of us would not know how to see, let alone fix in the lens. Images that also document the current state of health of the birdlife.
Hundreds of “girls next door” have posed in the Swiss-German newspaper BLICK. But who are the “Stars des Tages”? We met them before, during and after the photo session to find out what drives a woman to show off in a newspaper. What emerges is a cross-section of today’s Swiss society; a far more complex portrait than appearances suggest.