23 August 2021

Second appointment for Florence for the 50th anniversary of Medici Senza Frontiere, the cycle of cultural initiatives organized in the Tuscan capital by Medici Senza Frontiere (MSF) and the Municipality of Florence to celebrate and narrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of the medical-humanitarian organization.

Museo Novecento will host the second event on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 9pm with the screening of the documentary film “Egoisti” with the narrator voice of Stefano Accorsi. The event is in collaboration with Spazio Alfieri. Following the testimonies of Valentina Burzio, pediatrician, and Maria Cristina Manca, anthropologist, who will bring their personal experience as MSF humanitarian workers in emergency contexts, from Afghanistan to South Sudan. Admission is free with reservations on the following platform. For more info: 3453834042.

Egoisti is a documentary film made by Aftermedia in collaboration with MSF on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, which collects the testimonies of doctors, nurses and logisticians from all over the world, but also those of their loved ones who live in reflection on their own lives. impact of a difficult and courageous choice, between the “selfishness” of leaving away from one’s family and the vocation of an existence dedicated to others.

“As humanitarian workers we always have the illusion of being able to change something, sometimes it happens, and sometimes it doesn’t. But times “no”, they are never strong enough to convince you not to leave,”said Maria Cristina Manca, an anthropologist and humanitarian worker at MSF who worked in South Sudan, in a measles epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in numerous missions on the Ebola emergency and in the MSF intervention on Covid-19 in Italy. “You continue to leave for the relationship that is established with all the people you meet during the mission. Leaving is easy, the difficult thing is to return, having to explain what you have experienced and felt to the affections that were waiting for you at home. How do you explain the epidemics, the wars, the violence? In my first mission during the Ebola epidemic in Guinea, I initially did not tell my loved ones where I would go: I chose silence, and I believe that this choice is a form of protection”.

“In half a century of history – underlined the councilor for the Third Sector Cosimo Guccione – Medici Senza Frontiere - has intervened in the greatest world emergencies. A history of solidarity that continues incessantly: just think of the ongoing crises and forgotten populations, away from the spotlight but in desperate need of care “. “Florence – he added – will be not only a moment to take stock but also an opportunity for collective reflection on the future and on how to respond to the new challenges that await”.

“For five decades we have had news of the extraordinary action of Doctors Without Borders in every place where there is suffering and pain, the need for care and humanitarian intervention” said Sergio Risaliti, Director of Museo Novecento. “We admire his indefatigable will to act for others in extremely difficult, impervious, risky conditions as messengers of peace and brotherhood. The Museo Novecento is honored to host the film Egoisti dedicated to these simply altruistic heroes who choose the most difficult path of humanitarian commitment”.

Synopsis of the film

A different film, in form and in writing. War, major emergencies, pandemics, famines. Across the world, humanitarian workers are accustomed to the most extreme and riskiest missions and contexts. On the other hand, humanitarian workers who venture into the maze of their own intimacy are rare. 40 humanitarian workers and their loved ones have taken this step, to talk to us about the risk, the commitment, the first time, the helplessness, the encounters, the passion, the return, the inexpressible, from the bottom of their hearts. In this film, naturally projected towards others, the question of the selfishness of women and men who have decided to engage in the humanitarian has been posed, and imposed, as evidence. Outside of any geopolitical and health context, each with their own words, their own gaze and their own experience takes us where humanitarian workers never venture. Without artifice or hypocrisy, the witnesses in this film tell us who they are, their commitment to others, their doubts, their weaknesses and the images that haunt them.
But aid workers aren’t the only witnesses in this film. For the first time, even those who share their private life and intimacy speak to us about themselves. Stories of life and double life in the heart of a hyper-realistic world, in an unpublished, cinematic and intimate documentary. The documentary (duration 56 ‘), which was distributed in English, French, Italian and German and awarded at various international festivals, such as the Lugano Human Rights Festival, the Berlin Human Rights Festival in Berlin and the Cannes World Film Festival in “Best Feature Documentary” category.