by Giovanni Troilo

Vivi Biografilm con Giovanni Troilo


(France, Italy / 2016 / 61’)


Charleroi, a city near Brussels in the “Black Country” region, was once the promised land for workers from all over Europe for its thriving mining and steel industries. Now it is a symbol of the issues plaguing the entire continent: rising unemployment, immigration, crime. But above all, a growing sense of unease, a symptom of the lack of stability in an ever-changing world.
A tale of a city but also a journey into people’s own forgotten roots. The archival material of the city's history is intercut with portraits of residents and people passing through, coping with daily life in the dark heart of Europe and telling us about the different ways they try to keep it together.