Samouni Road

Strada Samouni

93 films in 19 categories
Stefano Savona
Italy, France
128 Min.

Photo Film


Focus on Israel and Palestine


French, Hebrew


Romanian, English

Original Title

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La strada dei Samouni


• 17 March, 17:30, ARCUB

The film will be screened in the presence of: Stefano Savona

• 19 March, 18:00, Cinemateca Eforie

The film will be screened in the presence of: Stefano Savona

Stefano Savona
Stefano Savona was born in Palermo. Before moving to Paris to pursue a career in filmmaking, he studied archeology and anthropology in Rome and the UK and traveled extensively throughout the Near East to take part in different archeological excavations. This same region is where he later shot most of his films.


The story recounted in this film has widely been publicised as “The Zeitoun incident” and took place in January 2009 in a rural suburbia of the city of Gaza in Palestine, where, over the course of one night, 48 civilians were killed in an Israeli attack. The Samouni family, who we will be following throughout Stefano Savona’s film, lost 29 of its members that night, among which men, women and children. However, the director manages to steer us away from this blind massacre and the land devastations — scenes we see everyday in the media. Through his matter-of-fact approach towards the Samounis, his unsentimental style of filming and illustrating what they went through (with the use of animation by Stefano Massi, for one), we meet an ordinary and peace-loving Palestinian family, a family of farmers trying to rebuild their lives in the wake of suffering a major trauma. How do you revisit past wounds, and can you? What words can express how you feel, or what are the words that can heal you (at least a little bit)? We join the protagonists on this path in their lives, beginning with the opening scene of the film — a wedding in the Samouni family. (Vanina Vignal)

awards and festivals

L'Œil d'or 2018 Documentary Award at Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival 2018 - Directors' Fortnight

Doclisboa International Film Festival 2018

Jerusalem Film Festival 2018

Munich Film Festival 2018

Seville European Film Festival 2018 - New Waves Section Special Prize

Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2018

Bergen International Film Festival 2018

Viennale 2018


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Logistic partner: DHL
Digital Partner: Canopy
Monitoring partner: mediaTRUST
The festival was created in 2008 by the: Czech Centre Bucharest