Who We Are?
The film wants to trace a backward path to unveil the plight of the deportations and remark the way it changes human lives, especially at a time when immigration always seems to be in the news.
Through interviews/reportages, with the help of archive footage, historical and cultural elements, the team wants to deliver new energy and passion to the project, while the emotions and connections are still fresh.
Mauro Piacentini graduated in Chinese Language and Literature in Naples and then moved to China.
In 2008, he completed his diploma in Cinematography and Film Production at the Beijing Film Academy. He directed “Goodbye, Beijing, Goodbye”, a medium-length film in Chinese language and filmed on the streets of Beijing, during the Olympics.
He has written and shot several films, including “Deep White”, short film presented in 2006 at the Venice Film Festival, in the market. In 2018, Mauro Piacentini released, together with Andrea Borgia “Single Seat”.
It has been recognized like a product of cultural interest and awarded by Festivals around the world.
After graduation in Chinese Language and Literature in Naples, he moved to China where he started a rock band. In 2007, he co-wrote and co-produced the documentary about the band:, filmed between China and Sicily.
In 2008, he was one of the bloggers of Peace Reporter following the Olympic Games in Beijing. He wrote, together with Mauro Piacentini, the movie “Goodbye, Beijing, Goodbye”, shot in 2008. In 2012 he published “Punk road in China”.
He has lived in Sierra Leone since 2019, as a human rights activist and media developer, by supporting projects with local directors and associations. He has cooperated with different blogs and magazines and published his new novel.
Olivia Godding started modeling at the age of 12. At the age of 15 she joined Giovanni Model Management in Montreal. She did magazines such as Elle, Fille d’Aujourd’Hui and the cover of Cover. She appeared in shows like Fries with that as an extra, music videos and appeared as an extra on Confessions of a dangerous mind (directed by George Clooney) and C.R.A.Z.Y (critically acclaimed french movie set in the 70’s in Montreal). She has won 3rd place and won miss congeniality award for the miss universe pageant proudly representing Sierra Leone.
She’s been to France for an international modeling convention and also appeared in Scarface comeback album.
Born in Freetown. During the war he left Sierra Leone and moved to Berlin, where he lived, worked and payed his taxes. In 2009, suddenly, he was deported 2 times. In 2010, he organized a bunch of ex-deportees to help the new deportees arriving in town.
He is founder and national coordinator of the Neas, a small association that helps the new deportees.
He lives and works in Freetown and he is the Executive producer of “The Years We Have Been Nowhere”.
With over 15 years and 23 countries of professional experience in the media industry Michael Duff has worked on a range of projects from documentary and advocacy to advertising and corporate production.
Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Canberra, Michael has since worked as a producer, director and photographer for the world’s most reputable broadcasters and organisations.
Michael’s passion for visual storytelling, travel, and adventure has been recognised with a number of awards including a Silver Dolphin at Cannes Corporate Documentary Awards, being selected as a finalist in The Wellcome Trust Photo Prize exhibition.
Professional video editor, Roberto Sommella is a post-production expert with a thorough knowledge of the full editing tools and a lot of experiences as a video maker.
After his graduation in Japanese Language and Literature in Naples, he’s been living around Europe and gained more than 15 years of experience in the video production.
He has had the chance to work with several platforms, software and cameras on a broad spectrum of productions, from fashion to sports, from branded content to corporate, from marketing to fiction or short films like “Deep white”, presented in 2006 at the Venice Film Festival, in the market.
Before, in between and after her graduation in Sinology and Sociology of Culture in the University of Ljubljana (Slovenija) in 2006, she lived and studied in Kunming, China on and off for a couple of years.
After returning back to her hometown of Ljubljana in 2011, she started to write for main Slovenian newspaper Delo, writing mostly about urban culture and subcultures in Slovenia’s capital, as well as having a weekly column Levo mnenje (Left opinion).
In 2008 she worked as an interpreter for Slovenian sports team at the Beijing Summer Olympics. Recently, she is working as a freelance screenwriter.
Born in 1979 is an ex-deportee. When he was 18, he left Sierra Leone and moved to Ivory Cost, Spain, France and Germany where he lived and worked for 11 years.
Whitout any reason he was deported back to Sierra Leone in 2003. One year later, he joined a theatre group ( Private Eye Consortium) specialised in contemporary and experimental plays and he continued his studies in business administration. He helped write the documentary script.
Sia Comfort Nyukeh
She is a Sierra Leonean actress and producer. She’s working in ” Pull u Han”, a project by AYV Television and “Sinnah’s”.
She recently was evolved in a new born project, “Tangled with the Boss”, which was produced by her company, the Diamond Pictures SL Ltd.
She is helping us as witness (her brother is a deportee).
Mr “Okama” Kamara
Born in Freetown. He left Sierra Leone before the war and moved to Barcelona, where he learnt Spanish and lived for 28 years.
Following a deportation, he re-settled in Freetown, working as journalist and cooperating with few newspapers.
He helped rewrite the script and scouting the location.
After graduation in oriental languages and civilization at L’Orientale University of Naples, I lived, studied and worked in Japan. Back to Europe he worked for some Italian and European companies managing international relationships, communication and translation. Since 2011 works for the European Commission as Communication and Administrative agent. He helps as a co-writer, translator and participating to the communication campaign of the project.
Antonio Rignanese is a Digital Strategist and deals with online communication for companies and professionals.
In the past, an Emergency activist for the province of Foggia and Macerata, he has always been keen and active on issues of international cooperation and human rights.
Born in Naples in 2006, she graduated from the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures “L’ Orientale “in Naples, in” Multimedia languages and humanistic computer science “, with a specialization in” Art and entertainment “.
During this period she attended a scriptwriting course supported by Domenico Starnone.
Her passion for cinema led her to Rome where she graduated from the two-year academy of cinema and television “Griffith”
Immediately afterwards he began working as a video editor in various Roman television studios (Rai, Mediaset, La7), collaborating on two editions of the “Rome Film Festival”, also cultivating personal projects, such as the creation of various short films, short documentaries and the creation of a creative group (Purple Neon Light).
After various collaborations with emerging Neapolitan companies, such as “Fanpage” and “The Loops”, she begins to collaborate with a new creative group (327 / Studio). With them he also faces the world of directing and mainly produces music video clips and live concerts (as director and video editor), collaborating with many artists including: Fabiana Martone, Francesca del Duca, Gatos do Mar, Massimo De Vita (Blindur ), Katres, Scapestro, Ciro Tuzzi, Kamaak, Greg Rega, Vincenzo Sarti, Grass’n Wood.