If Only I Were That Warrior

2015 / 72 minutes

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.


Director: Valerio Ciriaci

Producers: Valerio Ciriaci, Isaak Liptzin

Cinematography: Isaak Liptzin

Editor: Giovanni Pompetti

Original Score: Francesco Venturi

Sound Design: Luigi Porto

Italian Golden Globes 2016 – Winner, Best Documentary

Festival dei Popoli – Winner, Best Italian Feature Doc

New Italian Cinema Events 2016 – Special Mention

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival – Official Selection

African Diaspora International Film Festival – Official Selection

Addis International Film Festival – Official Selection

Africa World Film Festival – Official Selection

Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis-St. Paul – Official Selection

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.ifonlyiwerethatwarrior.com