Graduation films 2016



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2016 - 62' - English/ Italian / Spanish (Available subtitles: English, Italian, German)

Original title: DUSK CHORUS – Based on “Fragments of Extinction” by David Monacchi

The film portrays a part of the work of David Monacchi, a sound artist, a researcher and an eco-acoustic composer who has been developing the multidisciplinary project “Fragments of Extinction” for nearly 15 years. Through David's eyes and ears we get immersed in the unique soundscapes of the area with the highest world’s biodiversity, the primary forests of Yasunì, Ecuador. Climate change, the petrol workers, extreme drought, advanced technologies in the wild, primitive circumstances are just some of the challenges David has to face in order to achieve his goal. To record a pure and continuos 24-hour 3D soundscape in order preserve this soundscape for future generations to come. This film offers a unique listening experience of the unheard, primitive eco-symphonies of the disappearing sonic heritage of millions of years of evolution.

  • David Monacchi
    • Director

    David Monacchi

    David Monacchi (1970) is an eco-acoustic composer, researcher and multidisciplinary artist. He has been developing the project Fragments of Extinction for 15 years, conducting field research in the world’s remaining areas of undisturbed primary equatorial forest. The recipient of multiple awards throughout Europe and North America, Monacchi is pioneering a new compositional and science dissemination approach based on 3D soundscape recordings of ecosystems to foster discourse on the biodiversity crisis through educational and sound-art installations. A Fulbright fellow at UC Berkeley (CA) in 2007, he has taught at the University of Macerata (IT) since 2000, and is now professor of Electroacoustics at the Conservatorio
    “G. Rossini” of Pesaro (IT).

  • Nika Šaravanja
    • Director

    Nika Šaravanja

    Nika Šaravanja is a Croatian documentary filmmaker and visual artist. After studies on the Zagreb School of Economy and Management in Zagreb, she spent many years travelling, doing social work and collaborating and exhibiting with various artists and NGO's. She was the owner and curator of Etikart galley in Rovinj and she has also worked as a yoga and snowboarding teacher for many years. She graduated on the Zelig school for documentary and new media in directing class and her work consists of mainly social impact & environmental oriented documentaries. "Dusk Chorus- based on fragments of extinction" was her first feature documentary. She is currently living in Vienna and working on her second feature film.

  • Alessandro d'Emilia
    • Director
    • Cinematographer

    Alessandro d'Emilia

    Alessandro was born in Rome in 1988. Life took him to live elsewhere, mainly in Mountains, Dolomites. Here he became soon passionate in climbing, skiing and slacklining. Practising these activities he developed a strong interest in the audiovisual sector, in particular remain fascinated by the mysteries of nature, from the unexplored places, the different styles of life and thought of mankind. He is travelling a lot every year, following professional athletes and expedition project all around the world.
    In 2016 He graduated in photography at Zelig, school of documentary.

  • Otis Buri
    • Editor

    Otis Buri

    Otis Buri was born in Vipiteno in 1992. after school he started studying at the Zelig Film School specialising in editing.


Country of production: Italy
Original Format: Full HD
Screening Format: DCP
Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1
Running time: 62'
Subtitles available: Italian / English / German


Concept and writer: David Monacchi
Director: Nika Šaravanja & Alessandro d' Emilia
Cinematographer: Alessandro d'Emilia
Editor: Otis Buri
3D Soundscapes and spectrograms: David Monacchi
Sound design: David Monacchi & Anthony Di Furia
Music: Corrado Fantoni & David Monacchi
Color grading: Alessandro d'Emilia
Graphics: Egle Kirdulyte


ZeLIG is located in Bolzano, Italy, a multilingual city where different cultures live together. The school is a place of exchange for students, teachers and film professionals from all over the world.
At ZeLIG the spoken languages are German, Italian and English. This creative approach to linguistic variety opens the gates to the international markets and to future opportunities.