As long as there has been religion there has been the fear of demons, the dark evil that claims its victim’s body and soul. While the subject has fueled many films and stories, many true believers have turned to real-life exorcisms in an attempt to cast out those demons and save souls.
A new Italian documentary titled Libera Nos is preparing to take us on a journey into the real life world of exorcisms and will explore the increased need for the rites.
From director Federick Di Giacomo, this 2017 European Film Award nominee will be opening in cinemas before Halloween.
From the Press Release:
Exorcism is still a fact of contemporary life. Every year, more and more people claim that their illnesses are caused by demonic possession. Father Cataldo is a veteran, one of the most sought-after exorcists in Sicily. Every Tuesday, many believers follow his mass of liberation, searching for a cure for some adversity for which there does not seem to be a label or a remedy.
The Catholic Church reacts to this crisis by nominating priests as exorcists in increasing numbers and by organizing training courses for them. In order to respond to the rising number of requests for deliverance from evil, all French dioceses have installed at least one exorcist. In Spain, the archdiocese of Madrid is desperately trying to fill seven additional positions.
In Rome and Milan alone, the number of exorcists has grown from six to 12, and the Church has set up an emergency call center. In the US, the number of exorcists has increased tenfold over the last few years.
2009 Housing |documentary feature script by Federica Di Giacomo and Antonella Gaeta directed by Federica Di Giacomo
Produced by B&B Film and RaiCinema, broadcast on RaiUno and Rai5 Locarno Film Festival, Torino Film Festival, CHP Rotterdam, HotDocs Toronto, Marfici Argentina, Thessaloniki Film Festival, DoxBox Siria
2006 Il lato grottesco della vita (The cave side of life) |documentary feature written and directed by Federica Di Giacomo produced by Federica Di Giacomo, broadcast on Rai3 and Cult Torino Film Festival 2006 (Cipputi Award, Avanti Award), Etno Film Fest 2007 (best documentary), Libero Bizzarri Award, Uruguay Film Festival, San Paulo Film Festival
2003 Suicidio perfetto (The perfect suicide)|short film written and directed by Federica Di Giacomo produced by Tiburtina Studios
2001 Close Up |short film written and directed by Federica Di Giacomo produced by Teatro della Limonaia, Firenze
Sa Luna |script by Federica Di Giacomo
2000 Los colores de la trance |documentary feature
written and directed by Federica Di Giacomo produced by Federica Di Giacomo, broadcast on BTV Spain