Italy, France


In the rural outskirts of Gaza City, a small community of farmers, the extended Samouni family, is about to celebrate a wedding. It’s going to be the first celebration since the latest war. Amal, Fuad, their brothers and cousins have lost their parents, their houses and their olive trees. The neighbourhood where they live is being rebuilt. As they replant trees and plow fields, they face their most difficult task: piecing together their own memory. Through these young survivors’ recollections, SAMOUNI ROAD conveys a deep, multi-faceted portrait of a family before, during and after the tragic event that changed its life forever.

Director's Biography

Stefano Savona was born in Palermo. Before moving to Paris to pursue a career in filmmaking, he studied Archeology and Anthropology in Rome and the UK and travelled extensively throughout the Near East to take part in different archeological excavations.
This same region is where he later shot most of his films: among others, NOTES FROM A KURDISH REBEL (2006), CAST LEAD (2009) and TAHRIR LIBERATION SQUARE (2011).

2018 - Samouni Road
2011 - Tahrir Liberation Square
2011 - Palazzo delle Aquile
2010 - Spezzacatene
2009 - Cast Lead
2006 - Notes from a Kurdish Rebel

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Stefano Savona

Written by: Léa Mysius, Penelope Bortoluzzi, Stefano Savona

Produced by: Marco Alessi, Penelope Bortoluzzi, Cécile Lestrade

Cinematography: Stefano Savona

Editing: Luc Forveille

Original Score: Giulia Tagliavia

Sound Design: Jean Mallet, Margot Testemale

Animation: Simone Massi

Nominations and Awards

  • Documentary Selection 2018