My Home, in Libya

Libya: closed down movie theatres and bomb strikes. Or perhaps Libya: warmth, history and people who feel excited about their first kiss just like everybody else going on a date?

Martina Melilli’s documentary My Home, in Libya shows a country where international medias are not allowed inside the borders. The film takes the viewer to the everyday life and history of Tripoli, amidst tyranny and warm summer days.

During the documentary, Melilli herself is unable to get to Libya. Instead she approaches the former home country of her grandparents through their memories and through a contact inside the country, Mahmoud. The grandfather longs after times when Libya was colonised by Italy, meanwhile Mahmoud films for Melilli what the streets look like now, after being closed down by Gaddafi. Sunny windows are seen on the videos and on the pictures, those who drowned alongside an escape boat.

Thanks to the friendship between Melilli and Mahmoud, viewers are granted access to the glorious history as well as life among power outages and armed control. The messages coming up on the screen show that people are people even among violence.

Susanna Peltonen (Translation: Miia Mäkelä)

Language: English, Italian
Subtitles: English (partly)

Q&A with Martina Melilli (director) on Monday 28.01. at 20:30 at Kinopalatsi 8

  • Director: Martina Melilli
  • Country: Italy
  • Year: 2018
  • Length: 66 min
  • Age limit: K16
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Nicola Pertino
  • Editing: Enrica Gatto
  • Music: Nicola Ratti
  • Production: Edoardo Fracchia, Stefano Tealdi, Elena Filippini / Stefilm, ZDF, Arte, Rai Cinema


  • Kinopalatsi 8: Mon 28.1. at 20.30
  • Kinopalatsi 6: Fri 1.2. at 21.45
  • Andorra: Sun 3.2. at 15.15