2015 / 72’

If Only I Were That Warrior is a feature documentary film focusing on the Italian occupation of Ethiopia in 1935. Following the recent construction of a monument dedicated to Fascist general Rodolfo Graziani, the film addresses the unpunished war crimes he and others committed in the name of Mussolini’s imperial ambitions. The stories of three characters, filmed in present day Ethiopia, Italy and the United States, take the audience on a journey through the living memories and the tangible remains of the Italian occupation of Ethiopia — a journey that crosses generations and continents to today, where this often overlooked legacy still ties the fates of two nations and their people.

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Italian Golden Globes 2016  /  Winner, Best Documentary
Festival dei Popoli  /  Winner, Best Italian Feature Doc
New Italian Cinema Events  /  Special Mention
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival  /  Official Selection
African Diaspora International Film Festival  /  Official Selection
Addis International Film Festival  /  Official Selectio
Africa World Film Festival  /  Official Selection
Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis-St. Paul  /  Official Selection

Rai Storia (Italy)
RSI LA2 (Switzerland)

Director:  Valerio Ciriaci
Producers:  Isaak Liptzin, Valerio Ciriaci
Cinematographer:  Isaak Liptzin
Editor:  Giovanni Pompetti
Original Score:  Francesco Venturi
Sound Design:  Luigi Porto

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