In the rural outskirts of Gaza City a small community of farmers, the Samouni extended family, is about to celebrate a wedding. It’s going to be the first celebration since the latest war. Amal, Fuad, their brothers and cousins have lost their parents, their houses and their olive trees. The neighborhood where they live is being rebuilt. As they replant trees and plow fields, they face their most difficult task: piecing together their own memory. Through these young survivors’ recollections, SAMOUNI ROAD conveys a deep, multifaceted portrait of a family before, during and after the tragic event that changed its life forever.
Meet the director
Stefano Savona was born in Palermo. Before moving to Paris to pursue a career in filmmaking he studied archeology 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: among others, NOTES FROM A KURDISH REBEL (2006), awarded with the International SCAM Price at Cinéma du Réel and nominated for the David di Donatello; CAST LEAD (2009), winner of the Special Jury Prize at Locarno Film Festival; and TAHRIR LIBERATION SQUARE (2011), winner of the David di Donatello and Nastro d’Argento as best documentary of the year.