THE HOUSEKEEPERS ISLAND
L'isola delle colf

Production Todos Contentos Y Yo Tambien
Director Francesco G. Raganato
Written by Daniele Ongaro
Editing Giuseppe Trepiccione
Lenght 55 minutes
In collaboration with RAITRE DOC3

Mario and his Filipino wife Elizabeth moved few years ago to Zamboanga, the large island in southerns Philippine. In their 'Italian Villa' many Filipinos, mostly young women, learn the language and culture of our country, the cooking secrets and solutions to get the residence permit.
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Zamboanga City is a city in Mindanao, the large island in the Southern Philippines, which faces the Sulu Sea, in front of Malaysia.

It's a multiethnic city that, like other cities of the Far East, is characterized by major contradictions: shopping centers and fast-foods stand next to slums, whose inhabitants strife to fight misery every day.

It’s here that few years ago moved brother Mario Lizio, a lay missionary from Milan, with his family. He agreed with his wife Elizabeth, a native of the Philippines, to establish in this remote town a mission to help Filipinos who want to move to Italy.

In what Mario and Elizabeth called the "Italian Villa", many Filipinos, mostly young women, learn the language and culture of our country, the cooking secrets and solutions to get the residence permit.

Most Filipinos cherish the dream of working abroad for few years. For many of them, this is the only way to help their families: only in this way, in fact, they will manage to build a house and send their children to school.
However, this nation of immigrants, which bases its economy on foreign remittances, suffers the consequences of this mass exodus, particularly of women: broken families and children grow up alone, relying on grandparents or neighbors.

Mario and Elizabeth warn people who attend their lessons: they suggest them, for example, to avoid selling everything before their departure to Europe or the Middle East, because it’s not always the case that everything will be fine. They teach them not to lose heart at the beginning if they don’t find a job or feel alone, away from home.

The documentary follows the personal stories of some of the girls who attend the Italian course, describing the difficulties and the dreams of these people who sacrifice themselves to ensure the survival of their own families.

The film also follows the reverse path of the Lizio family, the Italian family that has decided - with great difficulty - to live in the Philippines to help others. A choice, taken by Mario and Elizabeth, that not all of their seven children have shared.

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