Private Project

Etre et Durer

Why a mother should let her son free to jump out of a rooftop to confront his limits and overcome fears, while facing fears herself ? An Italian mother enquires on how women from other cultures deal with Parkour performed by their sons, wondering if an extreme sport such as this recent urban discipline can be a stage of their road to awareness and adulthood. Parkour world-champions explain their vision, disciplines & philosophies through the insight of a mother and her emotional voyage though her son's adolescence, a journey seeking answers to fears and educational doubt.

  • Serena Mignani
  • Serena Mignani
  • Mario Chemello
    The wind blows Round - The Mirage Seekers - Giorgio Mornadi's Dust
  • Sebastien Foucan
    Key Cast
    Casinò Royal (2006) - Madonna: Jump (2006) Parkour Tours (2010) Concrete Circus (2011) The Antwerp Dolls (2015)
  • Laurent Piemontesi
    Key Cast
    Yamakasi (2001) Taxxi 2 (2000) The great challenge (2004) - I figli del vento (2004) - Parkour Borthers ( 2011)
  • Châu Belle Dinh
    Key Cast
    Yamakasi (2001) - The Great Challenge (2004) -Parkour brothers (2011)
  • Daniel Ilabaca
    Key Cast
    MTV Ultimate Parkour Challenge (2009/2010), Nat Geo Fight Science (2008) - Top Gear (2006)
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Essere e Sopravvivere
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Sport, Family, youngsters, parkour
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 12 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 9, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    94,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    China, Hong Kong, Italy, Palestine, State of, United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English, Italian
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  • Aspect Ratio:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Biografilm Festival - italian competition
    Italian Premier
  • Indian Cine Film festival - Best Feature Doc Jury prize

    September 10, 2017
    Indian premiere
    Best Feature Documentary - Jury Prize
Distribution Information
  • (UK)
    Country: United Kingdom
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Serena Mignani

Former theatrical actress Serena trained at Drama School in Bologna, Italy - at University of Bologna Drama Art Music Studies, at DeFazio Actor’s Studio Los Angeles USA.1990 taking a break from arts she travelled worldwide as Export Manager for over ten years into commercial trade. 2000 she’s back on stage, acting coach, scriptwriter/director in theatrical plays. 2007 she becomes member of Imago Orbis, producing over 10 docs as producer and international co-pro development executive. 2010 she's project manager of PADI FILM (Prof. Ass. Documentarist Italy) for permeation of Chinese Market. This is her fist feature documentary as director.

Recent work as producer:
2016 – The Blu Factory producer - doc film 60’ Italy– director Davide Maffei
2014 – Like a Virgin co-producer – fiction – int’l co-production – Italy-Holland-South Africa
2013 – Villaggio Eni – A pleasant sojourn into the Future producer – doc 74’ Italy – director D. Maffei
2012 – A Million Steps – Xu Xiake and Marco Polo - executive producer – doc 45’ Italy-China co-pro PADI Film Screened in Bejing – Shanghai - Jangyin - Venice - co-producers: Jangyin Province (China) - Mummut Film- ImagoOrbis – LaDama - DocFilm
2011 – Giorgio Morandi’s Dust - producer – doc 52’ Italy – director M. Chemello
sales: RAI3, France3, CheczTV, NHK Japan, NMCArt Korea

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Director Statement

‘Etre et Durer’ is about relationships between mothers and adolescent sons. The pretext of the challenge and the ‘environment’ of the film is the discipline of ‘Parkour’– an extreme sport which forces adults to tolerate injuries, endure anxiety, to bear burden of death - and the necessity of overcoming one’s own fears; the same fears, limits and obstacles that teenagers face in their process of growth. An Italian mother enquires on how women from other cultures deal with education and the need of let go; on how can adults impose limits without constraining and finally how to learn accepting destiny and give in to the ‘law of evolution’.