For many years I have wanted to produce a work on Christian minorities. Born in Syria to a Catholic family, I spent my childhood in a society in which the majority of the population was Muslim. I lived in places where coexistence between the different religious and ethnic communities has always been considered an important value, the normal condition that has evolved over the centuries. A model of society which today has been lost but is ready to be recreated if a real peace process were to commence.
Father Stefano Cascio is about to become a parish priest. With the approach of this important step, which will see him looking after a community on the outskirts of the capital, he feels the need to widen his horizons and in order to do this he decides to go and visit the Christian communities, which in many parts of the world live in the condition of a minority creed. This journey takes him to Syria, Pakistan and Iran, countries where Christians experience this condition in different ways. What inspires Father Stefano, at a moment when the entire Church is suffering, is the desire to understand those communities at the very time in which it finds itself in difficulty because of the many restrictions posed on the expression of its faith.
An internal journey through which the audience will face this world, avoiding for once newspaper descriptions, in favour of a perception, as real and authentic as possible, of the faithful who are thousands of miles away from us – only perhaps to discover that we had drawn away, while they have continued to remain close to us.
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“...the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me”. John 16, 2-4
Carolina Popolani is a director of documentaries and reports filmed in particular in South Mediterranean countries. She treats issues like human rights, environment and Christian minorities. In this regard she has already filmed three reports in Morocco, Syria and Egypt.
“Faith and Freedom” project is produced in collaboration with RAI Cinema. The money raised by CredoFunding will fund the post production of the film including versions in French, Italian and English.
Father Stefano Cascio is a young Nice native priest. He is familiar with the camera, especially because he’s been protagonist of a documentary entitled “7 ans de conviction” (France 2, RaiCinema) which for 7 years followed him in his path towards priesthood.
We have done the shooting in Pakistan last April near Faisalabad, in Punjab. We are about to leave for Syria where we have a program full of very interesting stories to film. In November, we will close the production with the last trip to Iran. The delivery of the Italian version is planned for the end of February 2017. The other two versions, French and English, will be ready at the end of March 2017.
RAI TV, the Italian public television will broadcast it during the spring 2017. We are looking for French production companies that target the documentary at France Télévision or other private television channel. In October, we will fre a pitching in Spain to look for other international broadcasters.
Describe your project goal
This campaign has the goal of financing a documentary that will be broadcasted on Italian national TV, Rai, and is looking for other broadcasters.
The film's budget is € 115.00,00.
€ 30,000.00 (26,1%) Advance rights Italy (RAI Cinema) - confirmed
€ 35,000.00 (30,5%) Presale other TV rights - in talks
€ 6,000.00 (5,2%) Sponsorship (Alitalia, others) - to be confirmed
€ 30,000.00 (26,1%) support from religious organizations - to be confirmed
€ 10,000.00 (8,6%) CREDOFUNDING
€ 4,000.00 (3,5%) Direct contribution Italian production company - confirmed