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Alessandro Negrini’s Documentary ‘Paradiso’ at Boston’s Irish Film Festival

Paradiso, a 60-minute documentary directed by Alessandro Negrini and produced by Margo Harkin (Besom Productions) is this year’s Official Selection at the Boston Irish Film Festival in Somerville.

“I am an Italian who has been living in Derry for many years,” director Alessandro Negrini told BBC. “One day I got lost and ended up in The Fountain by mistake. I was astonished to discover this beautiful, small community hidden away in the centre of the city. From that moment it became a mission for me to make a film about the gems of human experience that lie waiting to be discovered behind a fence constructed in a time of fear.”

Director Alessandro Negrini (left) at the 2010 Arcipelago Awards in Rome, Italy.

Shot in Derry, the film follows Roy Arbuckle, a man who decides it’s time to challenge one of the monstrosities left by the war – fear. He wants to reunite his former showband, The Signetts, and his formers musicians who are now in their seventies, organising a major dance night. He hopes to get Protestants and Catholics dancing together again in The Fountain, a dying Protestant district.

Paradiso was awarded at the ‘We The Peoples Film Festival’ in London at the National Film Theatre, winning its 9th award and has previously won Best Documentary at the “Arcipelago” festival in Rome, and has won awards in India, Hungary and Bangladesh.

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