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Balentes - The Brave Ones
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When Sardinian-Australian Lisa Camillo, an anthropologist and film director, returns to Sardinia, an island of Italy, after an 18 year absence to find her homeland decimated by mysterious bombings, she uncovers a secret NATO mission with devastating consequences for her people and for future generations.

‘Balentes’ is a Sardinian word indicating ‘a man of valour’, who strives for social justice, defending the weak against the oppressors. Balentes - The Brave Ones is a provocative documentary seeking accountability for the ruthless exploitation of Sardinia’s resources. Armed with her camera, Lisa sets out to expose the unacceptable. Outside the high-end luxury resorts accessible only to the world’s elite, Sardinia is being driven to poverty. Plagued by unemployment and illnesses attributed to environmental contamination from successive waves of heavy mining and military testing, large areas of the island have been reduced to wasteland. 

What has happened to the place of her childhood? Is it still her home? Balentes - The Brave Ones weaves together a personal journey of belonging with the mobilising of a community to take back their beautiful island paradise.

Australian Premiere
Lisa Camillo
Documentary | Italy, Australia | 2018 | 84 min
Italian and English with English subtitles
A once-pristine land has been abandoned and its people are suffering. Time is running out to restore Sardinia to its former glory.
Lisa Camillo

Lisa Camillo

Lisa Camillo is an Italian-Australian director, writer and producer, who produces creative, unique, and meaningful documentaries for cinema and television. She's a passionate human rights-driven filmmaker and anthropologist (MA in International Development) who mixes European aesthetics with a strong and honest visual message. She is a natural and intuitive award-winning director with a strong cinematic vision, which beautifully matches feelings with visual imagery with a precise attention to details. Lisa Camillo makes her documentary-feature debut with Balentes - The Brave Ones

Please note, while the trailer may not include subtitles, the film will be screened with English subtitles.