26 Aug 2021

Florence for the 50th anniversary of Medici Senza Frontiere

Projection of "Egoisti", the documentary film for the 50th anniversary of Doctors Without Borders

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26August 2021



Museo Novecento

The Museo Novecento will host on Thursday 26 August 2021 at 9.00 pm the screening of the documentary film Egoisti, 40 humanitarian workers and their loved ones tell their story, with the narrating voice of Stefano Accorsi.

The event is in collaboration with Spazio Alfieri. Following are 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.

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.


A different film, in form and in writing. War, major emergencies, pandemics, famines. All over 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 (length 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.

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Jacopo Manara


Costanza Savelloni

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Medici Senza Frontiere