(I Believe I Believe)
Coproduced with TV2000
Written by Gualtiero Peirce and Andrea Cedrola
Directed by Gualtiero Peirce
Executive producers Beppe Attene Gualtiero Peirce
Original Format: full HD 1080i50
We first met them as children, Catholics, Jews and Muslims, in three faith schools.
We met them again ten years later. This story started earlier. And will continue after.
I Believe I Believe is a documentary that was begun ten years ago. When in the Catholic school it was 2007 AD, in the Jewish classroom instead it was 5767 and among the Islamic desks it was 1527. Because in lots of metropolises around the world there are children who go to school at the same moment, in the same city, but… thousands of years apart. Taking this symbolic difference as its starting point, Primo giorno di Dio (The First Day Of God), directed by Gualtiero Peirce, was a documentary that described the first encounters of these children with the teaching of the faith they belong to.
This film was shot in three faith schools in Rome. For days on end, the cameras filmed the lives of these children and their teachers without any sort of editorial interference: recording everyday truths and spontaneity. The happiness and authenticity of the children thus managed to recount the fundamental principles of their respective religions in way that had never been done before.
Observed at the moment in which they were about to discover their identity and faith for the first time, the little protagonists of film, all children, issued a formidable invitation to dialogue and togetherness without even meaning to. Because one of the most evident that emerged was that the God of the three monotheistic religions, as explained to children at that wonderful age, is substantially the same: the locations are different (church, mosque and synagogue), as are the rites and the prayers, the clothes and the cuisine, but the questions and answers are the same, and so are the teaching and the values. Now, ten years later, TV2000 and Cyrano New Media have produced a fresh chapter of this story, I Believe I Believe: the cameras returned to observe and listen to those children who are now teenagers, young men and women who are taking their first independent steps in an increasingly complex, divided and frightening world. In the same way as the last time, Gualtiero Peirce’s account is based exclusively on their voices, built as a dialogue at a distance, one that interweaves and often embraces. What are those children like today? They still guided by faith, even if sometimes they stumble over doubts; they are helped by their own identities but also concerned about this; they are driven by dreams and held back by fears. They are sometimes disheartened by the prejudice and ignorance they have to put up with every day, even in a great European capital such as Rome.
But they still have a welcoming glance for the world, for their neighbour and for the future. Maybe they have become even more like each other. Like Safa and David, who as young children went respectively to a Muslim and a Jewish school. Today they attend the same high school, an aeronautical institute, where they share the dream of one day being able to fly.