Private Project

On their skin

"Sulla loro pelle" deals with the italian CPRs, facilities where migrants are locked up, without having committed a crime, only because they do not have a residence permit and all in order to be repatriated to their countries of origin. There are 10 centers in Italy, which can accommodate around 1,300 people. Data of the Guarantor for the rights of persons detained or deprived of personal liberty show that the majority of people imprisoned in these facilities come from Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt and, in general, from North Africa. The CPRs resemble prisons but the conditions the inmates live in are worse because they do not have the same rights the prison system assures. Their management is entrusted to private cooperatives and multinational corporations, which are granted contracts worth millions of euros of public funds, reducing basic services in order to raise profits. This system has serious consequences on the lives of inmates: episodes of self-harm occur daily and nine people have died in the last three years. “Sulla loro pelle” investigates some of these deaths, the relationship between the State - which is supposed to insure the respect of human rights inside the centers - and the private companies in charge, showing pictures from inside thanks to undercover cameras.

  • Marika Ikonomu
    Director
  • Alessandro Leone
    Director
  • Simone Manda
    Director
  • Marika Ikonomu
    Editing
  • Alessandro Leone
    Editing
  • Simone Manda
    Editing
  • Lamberto Macchi
    Mixing audio
  • Simone Manda
    Mixing audio
  • Simone Manda
    Animations
  • Marika Ikonomu
    Color Correction
  • Francesco Natale
    Drone shooting
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Sulla loro pelle
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    Politico-sociale, drammatico
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 41 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 31, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Italy
  • Country of Filming:
    Italy
  • Language:
    Arabic, English, Italian
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Premio Libera Giovani 2022
    Turin
    Italy
    Premio Libera Giovani 2022
  • XI Edizione Premio Roberto Morrione
    Turin
    Italy
    Premio miglior inchiesta video
  • Al Ard Film Festival 2023
    Cagliari
    Italy
    Audience Award
  • Al Ard Film Festival 2023
    Cagliari
    Italy
    Sardegna-Palestina Award/Selection board choice
Distribution Information
  • Indipendent
Director Biography - Marika Ikonomu, Alessandro Leone, Simone Manda

Marika Ikonomu
Graduated in Law, Marika attended the Lelio Basso Foundation School of Journalism in Rome. She is a multimedia independent journalist and works as a contributor of the italian newspaper Domani and the online magazine Witness Journal. Her work has appeared on L’Espresso, Internazionale, Q Code Magazine and focuses on migration and social issues.

Alessandro Leone
He attended El País master in journalism in Madrid, where he worked for more than a year. He writes in Italian and Hispanic media such as L'Espresso, Fatto Quotidiano, Irpi Media, Il Tascabile, El Salto, AS, El Diario. Founder of Brújula Global, he has a passion for Latin America.

Simone Manda
He is originally from Naples but he grew up in Civitavecchia. Freelance journalist since 2019, he has published articles on newspapers such as Altreconomia and Domani and has also collaborated with some online magazines. Since June 2021, he has been working as an investigative journalist for Irpi Media. In february 2023 has started working for the news agency Feature Story News.

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