The Campfire Project

In December 2017, actress Jessica Hecht, producer Jenny Gersten, director Arin Arbus and music director Mary Mitchell Campbell made their first visit to the Ritsona Refugee Camp, one hour north of Athens. Their host was I AM YOU, an NGO devoted to bettering the lives of displaced persons through education, healthcare and legal support. The mission which Jessica was still planning became The Campfire Project.
Six months later, 15 international theatre artists, a psychiatrist, a NYC schoolteacher, a translator and a documentary crew returned to the camp. Over the next four weeks they created an Arabic language version of Shakespeare's The Tempest, provided basic educational assistance, ran wellness classes for residents of all ages and provided translation for the multitude of residents suffering from trauma- and stressor-related disorders. The film documents their journey.

  • Claudia Giannetto
    Director
  • Claudia Giannetto
    Writer
  • Jessica Hecht
    Producer
  • Jenny Gersten
    Producer
  • Jessica Hecht
    Key Cast
    "Herself"
    Friends, Breaking Bad
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    58 minutes 32 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Greece
  • Language:
    Arabic, English, Turkish
  • Shooting Format:
    FULL HD 1920x1080
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • A Show for a Change Film Festival
    Marina del Rey
    United States
    May 2019
    Social Impact Award
  • Sandalia Sustainability Film Festival
    Sardinia
    Italy
    Official Selection
  • Social Machinery Film Festival

    Italy
    Official Selection
  • Portuguese Anthropological Association Ethnographic Film Exhibition
    Lisbon
    Portugal
    June 6, 2019
    Portugal Premiere
    Official Selection
  • The International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences Film Exhibition
    Poznan
    Poland
    August 31, 2019
    Official Selection
  • NYC Greek Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    October 18, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Utopia Film Festival
    Washington D.C.
    United States
    November 16, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Online Global Peace Film Festival
    Orlando
    United States
    September 19, 2019
    Official Selection
  • The Hague Global Cinema Festival
    The Hague
    Netherlands
    Official selection
  • Fiorenzo Serra Film Festival
    Sassari
    Italy
    Official Selection
  • US Hollywood Int'l Golden Film Awards
    Hollywood, California
    United States
    December 13, 2019
    Outstanding Producer and Best Documentary award nomination
  • International Film and Video Festival «Catharsis»
    Moscow
    Russian Federation
    Semi-finalist
  • The Impact DOCS Awards
    La Jolla
    United States
    Award of Recognition: Documentary Feature
  • Roma Cinema DOC
    Rome
    Italy
    Finalist
  • Ethnografilm Paris
    Paris
    France
    April 23, 2020
    French Premiere
    Official selection
  • Izmir International Refugee Film Festival
    Izmir
    Turkey
    April 14, 2020
    Turkey premiere
    Official Selection
  • Heritales - International Heritage Film Festival
    Lisbon
    Portugal
    September 25, 2020
    Best Long Documentary award
  • Golden Tree International Documentary Festival
    Frankfurt
    Germany
    October 22, 2020
    Official Selection
  • LELOUN International Film Festival
    Afrin city, Rojava
    Syrian Arab Republic
    September 21, 2020
    Semi-finalist
  • 9th FriCine - International SocioEnvironmental Film Festival
    Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    South American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Festival del Cinema di Cefalù
    Cefalù
    Italy
    May 1, 2021
    Official selection
Distribution Information
  • Beijing HuaYun-ShangDe International Cultural Exchange Co., Ltd.
    Sales Agent
    Country: China
Director Biography - Claudia Giannetto

Claudia is a London based anthropologist and film-maker. She completed her PhD in Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she taught Anthropology of Art, Gender Theory and Visual Anthropology.
Claudia has been conducting long-term ethnographic fieldwork in rural Mexico, researching the role of theatre in ethnic identity’s formation processes, and the impact of tourism and development programs on the indigenous population. Concurrently, her work is concerned with exploring the practical, aesthetic, and ethical implications of using film as an experimental means of knowing a cultural reality.
Claudia has produced several short documentaries across different countries, including Mexico, France, Hungary, India, Germany, UK, Greece and Costa Rica.

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