La Nave Dolce by Daniele Vicari

Genre: Documentary

Year Released: 2012
Title: La Nave Dolce / The Human Cargo
Length: 90 min
Produced by: Francesca Cima, Nicola Giuliano, Carlotta Calori, Ilir Butka, Silvio Maselli
Director: Daniele Vicari
Story by: Daniele Vicari, Antonella Gaeta
Photography: Gherardo Gossi
Editor: Benni Atria
Music: Teho Teardo
Cast : Halim Malaqi, Kledi Kadiu, Eva Karafili, Robert Budina, Luca Turi, Vito Leccese

On 8 August 1991 an Albanian ship called the Vlora carrying 20,000 people reaches the port of Bari. If you look at it closely it looks like a teeming ant colony, an indistinct mass of bodies hanging on to each other.

Mooring is difficult, someone throws themselves overboard to swim to land, lots of others shout “Italia, Italia” in chorus, making the victory sign with their fingers.
The engine is on the verge of breaking down; there is no food or water. Just sugar. Night falls and the captain narrowly avoids a collision. The next morning, waiting for the Vlora is an incredulous and stunned city and an empty football stadium where, after lengthy disembarking procedures at the port, the Albanians are held before being sent back home. Twenty-one years have passed since that day. Most of the people who boarded that ship were sent back to Albania but the crossings continued and many of them had another go. Today four and a half million foreigners live in Italy.

Albanian Co-Producer Contact:

Genc Përmeti
Rr. Zh. D’Ark, Pall. i ri përball DP, Tirana-Albania Tel.: 003554 2232585