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Giovanni Princigalli

Giovanni Princigalli

Giovanni Princigalli is an Italian and Canadian citizen. He studied Political Sciences, Sociology, History and Anthropology at the University of Bari (master thesis with the sociologist Franco Cassano about nomadism, travel and emigration); screenwriting with Giuseppe Piccioni and Umberto Contarello; documentary with C.A. Pinelli (assistant of Federico Fellini) and Annie Comolli (collaborator of Jean Rouch). In 2006 he obtained a Master in Cinema in Montreal. After that he was a movie editor for the Italo-Canadians filmmakers: Paul Tana and Bruno Ramirez.

He is teacher of cinema at SAC of University of Montreal. His documentaries have been aired by RAI International; Canal Vox ; Tv5 Afrique; Planete Italia ; Repubblica TV and reviewed in the books: Storia del documentario italiano by Marco Bertozzi; Il film etnografico in Italia by Francesco Marano; Seeing Cities Change: Local Culture and Class by Jerome Krase, and by the magazines: Séquences Cinéma (Canada); Sentieri Selvaggi (Italia) ; Canadian Film Studies; Visual Anthropology (USA), Italian American Review, Panorama Cinéma (Canada), etc.

In 2007 he funded his company "Heros fragiles" and worked in Africa, Cuba, the Italian community in Canada and in the gipsy community in Italy. In 2012 he was a member of the international jury at the festival Vues d'Afrique of Montreal.

Films Available at DER
Roma Stories (Japigia Gagì)


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