Life in Southern Italy is thrown into a tailspin when refugees arrive by the thousands and the locals are left to fend for themselves. Eritrean survivor Aregai, trapped in the Italian faltering immigration system, goes underground to reach Northern Europe. Through his journey, intercut with the road trip to Germany of a Syrian family, the clash between the newcomers and the locals escalates in real time.
ABOUT THE DIRECTORS
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.
Filippo Piscopo is a New York based documentary filmmaker, producer and cinematographer whose directing credits include, among others, Variety and New York Times-praised Urbanscapes – theatrically released in 2006; Venice Film Festival official selection and Houston WorldFest winner A Nobel for Two; NYSCA recipient, Independent Film Week showcased and multiple awards winner Coal Rush. Granted the Social Justice Award by Amy Goodman, Filippo’s documentary work, a collaboration with his wife and film partner Lorena Luciano, has been internationally recognized with several audience and jury prizes.
It will Be Chaos will premiere at the Seattle Film Festival on May 26th, with a repeat screening on May 29th. The film has also been selected at the annual Filmmakers Summit for the Berkshire International Film Festival, where it will screen on June 1st and 2nd, prior to screening at the American Film Institute Docs on June 14th.
Be sure to catch It Will Be Chaos when it airs nationally on June 18th on HBO, with an encore presentation on World Refugee Day (June 20th). You will be able to stream the film on HBO NOW, HBO GO, AND HBO On-Demand after its national premiere.