Best Film, Best Female Acting, Best Score @ 27th Sulmona Film Festival 2009
Special Jury Prize @ 28th Festival du Cinema Italien d’Annecy 2009
66th Venice International Film Festival (Première) 2009
34th Mostre Internacional de São Paulo 2009
23rd Fipa Biarritz 2009
13th RIDM 2009

Ragazze la vita trema
dir. Paola Sangiovanni – 87 min. – documentary
Italy, 2009



Director: Paola Sangiovanni
Production: Metafilm, Paneikon
Producers: Laura Cafiero, Gabriella Galluzzo
With: Maria Paola Fiorensoli, Liliana Ingargiola, Marina Pivetta, Alessandra Vanzi


Alessandra, Maria Paola, Marina and Liliana come from different geographical, cultural and social milieu and their lives crossed or just grazed each other in Rome between the end of the 1960s and the 1970s. Their stories, told in first person today, are rounded out by vivid and present images from public and private archives. It is a subjective telling. The “starting with one’s self,” which formulated spontaneously during the feminist movement and set the foundation for a new political practice, today becomes historical narrative. The idea of a new world – in which there would be no violence or bullying of one person by another – bloomed simultaneously in the breasts of nearly an entire generation throughout the country. Thus, the film unfolds along the parallel track of women’s history as well, touching upon the consciousness of one’s self as a woman, self-consciousness, love, violence against women, divorce, contraception, abortion, work, theatre, free radios, squatting, the displacement of personal experiences into collective ones for a more humane world, of women and men, girls and boys.