Roots is the project launched in 2019 by the Association for the Integration of Women (AIW), founded by Caroline Caporossi.

The project aims to create concrete employment opportunities for migrant women in Modena. Roots thus becomes a meeting place, an incubator of the future, founded by Caroline herself, Maria Assunta Ioele and Canadian Jessica Rosval, chef of Casa Maria Luigia by Massimo Bottura, as well as Roots' culinary director. Within this environment, which during the day is a co-working space, in the evening a true multicultural restaurant comes alive, a crossroads of traditions brought to the Modenese table.

  • Mattia Alberani
  • Mattia Alberani
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 20, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    English, Italian
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Mattia Alberani

Mattia was born in Faenza, Italy, in 1994 and from a very young age showed an interest in the visual arts. Following a technical education and after a parenthesis of studies in mechanical engineering, he started creating audio visual content.
From 2015, he began his career in video making and, thanks to his passion for the gastronomic sector, he created the brand Cinefood, which brings together two of his passions: good food and cinematography. The brand grew quickly meeting the favor of the public. He began creating content for Chef Franco Aliberti, then many other followed: Chef Simone Finetti and Chef Yoji Tokuyoshi. In 2015, Mattia presented a video at Expo Milan in the Slowfood pavilion.

In 2017 he created UpSet Srl, a production company of photo and video. From that moment, for Mattia and his team began a real journey around the world. In Europe Mattia filmed in Lisbon, Istanbul, London and Paris. He was awarded in Croatia at the "My Fashion Global Awards". Then he moved overseas, passing through Dakar, Accra, San Francisco, Tokyo and countries such as Nicaragua and Ecuador. In San Francisco he filmed for Airbnb and Postrivoro. In Lisbon for Mani in pasta, in Paris for the well-known Senegalese Chef Raoul Coly and in Nicaragua and Ecuador for the fairtrade company Altromercato, filming workers engaged in ethical sugarcane and coffee supply chains. Very sensitive topics that have given him unique and emotional stories thus enriching the narrative of his images.

In recent years, Mattia has created video projects for some of the best chefs and pastry chefs in the world of the Italian cuisine such as: the Pastry Chef Sebastiano Caridi, Chef Yoji Tokuyoshi and, thanks to Reporter Gourmet, he entered the temple of Chef Massimo Bottura by narrating Casa Maria Luigia with Chef Jessica Rosval.
By choice, Mattia each year "donates" his eyes to social realities that need to tell their stories. Over the years, he has done this for Roots restaurant in Modena and for Yoji Tokuyoshi's restaurant, Bentoteca, which was created to ensure and offer quality meals to doctors working in the hospital during Covid period.
Cinefood is a dream born out of the blue, a story with still many pages to write, with an inexhaustible desire to tell emotions.

Add Director Biography