Non lasciarmi (Don't leave me)

"Don't leave me" tells, through dance and movement improvisation, the metaphorical reaction of the human being when it realizes that his love story with Nature has irremediably come to an end.

  • Alex Scarpa
    "Don't leave me", "Stakhanov", "Light Off", "Citizens of Nothing" by Razi Mohebi (assistant director), "A house in the clouds" by Soheila Mohebi (assistant director).
  • Paola Calliari
    Key Cast
    "Carla" (biopic on Carla Fracci), "Non lasciarmi", "Oil and blood on canvas", "Wellness", "Saremo giovani e bellissimi", "Il vegetale", "L'età imperfetta", "Moglie e marito", "The Startup: accendi il tuo futuro", "Tommaso", "A un passo dal cielo", "Questo è il mio paese", "La felicità è un sistema complesso", "Provaci ancora prof!", "Tender eyes".
  • Alex Scarpa
  • Paola Calliari
  • Alessandro Malaguti
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Non Lasciarmi
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 28, 2021
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    Black & White
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Director Biography - Alex Scarpa

Alex Scarpa was born in Trento, Italy, in 1988. He grew up in a small town of 1200 people, with a computer programmer degree and an office clerk job. His life changed when, during a film program he met two Afghan filmmakers, Razi and Soheila Mohebi (political refugees in Italy since 2007), a fundamental encounter that opened up his mind to a new world and that connected him to the cinema.
The friendship with Razi and Sohelia has been essential to Alex for his growth and knowledge of the seventh art: the two Afghan filmmakers have in fact worked on many important projects. Razi Mohebi for example was an actor and a film assistant in At five in the Afternoon by Samira Makhmalbaf (daughter of the great director Mohsen Makhmalbaf), winner of the jury prize at the 56th Cannes Film Festival, and in Osama by Siddiq Barmak, Golden Globe winner for best foreign-language film in 2004.
In 2014 one of Alex's greatest dreams came true: he shot his first short film Luce Spenta. During the same year, he worked as assistant director for Razi Mohebi's movie Cittadini del Nulla (Mutti Award 2014 for best treatment on migrant cinema awarded during the 71st Venice Film Festival). After several projects and many workshops across Italy (including workshops at "Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia" in Rome), at the end of 2016 Scarpa is hired as an assistant director in the crew of the movie Una Casa Sulle Nuvole by Soheila Mohebi (Mutti Award 2016 for best story on migrant cinema, awarded during the 73rd Venice Film Festival).
In 2017 he directed his second short film, the sad fairy tale
“Stakhanov”. This movie was selected in various festivals in Italy and abroad (including the prestigious Italian Contemporary Film Festival in Toronto) and also received a special mention at the Edera Film Festival 2018 in Treviso.
In 2021 he directed his third short film, the experimental movie about climate change, "Don't leave me".

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Director Statement

The suffering of the ecosystem caused by human beings is now an undeniable fact and unfortunately is accompanying us to a rapid change in our habits. Each of us must do our part to avoid this catastrophe, but it's also true that without major interventions by governments, it's unlikely that anything will change for the better. It was this sense of helplessness in front of something bigger than me, which led me to reflect deeply on how to analyze and tell about this discomfort. After some time, I concluded that the current relationship between human beings and Nature is comparable to a love story that is ending as a result of the acts perpetuated without conscience by humanity. In this metaphor, climate change is comparable to the moment of extreme suffering after a sentimental breakup, the one that usually precedes the rebirth as individuals and no longer as a couple. Arrived at this point, the question that I believe all of us should ask ourselves is the following: Will there still be a place to stay for humanity in this new phase that is nearby in our future?