But Now Is Perfect

    • Carin Goeijers
    • Netherlands
    • 2018
    • 55 min
    • World Premiere
    • IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary, IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary
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    The unyielding way in which the mayor of Riace, a village in the Calabria region of south Italy, generously took in refugees was long viewed as a success story. In one fell swoop, he solved the village’s two-fold problem of an aging population and the exodus of young people. It had been looking like Riace would go the same way as many other small rural communities and become a ghost town. But the newcomers really livened things up—until, that is, the political tide turned and the subsidies for Riace’s refugee policy dried up. The result was chaos and confusion. Many of the refugees, including 26-year-old Becky Moses from Nigeria, had to leave. Her relocation to a reception camp elsewhere in the region has fatal consequences.

    But Now Is Perfect focuses on Becky Moses and a small number of other inhabitants of Riace, with politics playing only a supporting role. Although the fate of the young Nigerian woman is unique, it tells a bigger story—about the refugee crisis, which here is given an unforgettable face, and about friendship and humanity.

    Credits

    • 55 min
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: Italian, English, French, Bengali
    • Subtitles in: English
    Director
    Carin Goeijers
    Production
    Pieter van Huystee for Pieter van Huystee Film
    Executive producer
    Zoe de Wilde, Pascale Luycks
    Cinematography
    Carin Goeijers
    Editing
    Barbara Hin
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    IDFA history

    2018
    World Premiere
    IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary
    IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary

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