Black Pinocchio

by Angelo Loy

  • Documentaries
  • Production year 2005
  • Length 80’ min.
  • Format Dv cam


Marco Baliani, actor, writer and theatre director, goes to Kenya with the idea of rehabilitating a group of street kids through the theatre. The documentary describes nearly three years of this journey at the end of which the street kids will leave Nairobi for the first time in their lives to represent their version of Pinocchio in the west. The experiences of the kids during these three years follow the experiences of the story in parallel. When we first meet them they seem like pieces of wood, a group of street kids that survive in one of the many Nairobi discharges. They have no identity, overcome by hunger, abuse, intoxicated by glue. Their conquest of normality goes past a series of tests and decisions. Their recovery is a journey of knowledge. Like Pinocchio’s.


Director Angelo Loy
Story Angelo Loy
Cinematography Angelo Loy
Editor Aline Hervè
Live Sound Gianluca Costamagna
Sound editor Giuseppe Napoli
Organization Chiara Cordaro, Paola Pegoraro, Filippo Pichi
Production Indigo Film, Amref Italia
With the support of Media Plan of the European Community
In collaboration with National Geographic
Produced by Francesca Cima, Nicola Giuliano


Locarno International Film Festival
One World International Human Rights Film Festival
Premio Libero Bizzarri
International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
Riccione TVV Festival

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