Film phase: Post Production
Part road movie and part intimate portrait of lives in transit, In the Middle unfolds between Italy and the Balkan corridor, intercutting two unforgettable refugees stories of human strength and resilience.
Eritrean refugee Aregai survives a tragic shipwreck off the shores of Lampedusa only to find himself trapped in the faltering Italian immigration system. His quest to reach Sweden unfolds along Syrian refugees Wael and Doha’s journey through the Balkans aiming to take their four sons to safety in Germany. Captured on film in real time, their trip reveals the inner psychological turmoil erupting in a family forced to the inescapable pain of fleeing their own country.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
In The Middle is co-directed by Lorena Luciano and Filippo Piscopo
Born and raised in Italy, where she graduated from the School of Law at Milan University, Lorena Luciano moved to New York City in 1996 to pursue her career in documentary filmmaking. In 1998 her first feature documentary on Italian iconoclast playwright-performer Dario Fo, a Nobel Laureate in Literature, entered the Venice Film Festival’s official selection. Lorena is the recipient of several prestigious artist grants such as the MacArthur Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Ben & Jerry Foundation, and Chicken & Egg Pictures. Her media work focuses on social issues, the environment, the human rights as well as on the arts. Her films, winners of numerous awards, have been screened and distributed internationally. She lives in New York with her two children and her husband and film partner Filippo Piscopo.