IF I HAD THE WORDS
Original title: Se avessi le parole Director: Giovanni Piperno Cast: Gabriele Fazi, Azzurra di Giuliano
Country: Italia Year: 2015 Length: 18’
Screenplay: Azzurra di Giuliano, Gabriele Fazi, Pier Paolo Piciarelli, Giovanni Piperno Producer: Giovanni Pompili - Kino produzioni Cinematography: Giovanni Piperno Live recording: Michelangelo Marchese Editing: Paolo Petrucci Sound: Marco Furlani Line producer: Veronica Mirese
Promoted by: Associazione Atropos Onlus, Fondazione Pianoterra Onlus, Kino produzioni
Gabriele likes Azzurra, but he is very shy. Luckily, Azzurra is smart and organizes their first date, but she didn’t consider Gabriele’s job.
This short, along with Truth or Dare and Almost Heroes, is the fruit of the labor of Tor Sapienza Film Lab, a project of social inclusion that involved the youth of a rough neighborhood in Rome. Director Giovanni Piperno and screenwriter, Pier Paolo Piciarelli lent their talents to the project as well. “Tell us a story is what was asked of them. They were told to imagine; dialogues, places, characters, and then to interpret those aspects in front of a camera. It wasn’t easy and some strayed. Others, however, remained, had their heads in the game, and proved themselves. To talk about one’s self, to create and express a one’s own story - or whatever story one wants to tell- is a difficult journey for an adolescent, or anyone else for that matter. Above all, it’s difficult for those who grow up in difficult environments, where there is little space for projects and imagination and where the mindset is that nothing can change. The stereotype of the young people the peripheries of Rome falls, because now the peripheries become the center. As Renzo Piano said, ‘This is where one finds energy’.” Giovanni Piperno and Pier Paolo Piciarelli