Graduation films 2016



2016 - 68' - Khmer/English (Available subtitles: English, Italian, German)

Forty years after the Khmer Rouge regime: Kim Hak, a young and talented Cambodian photographer looks for a new imaginary of his country. His career starts from some family pictures his mother hid underground before the war and retrieved just after the defeat of the Khmer Rouge. Hak’s images will take us to a new Cambodia, far from stereotypes. Nhem En, as photographer enrolled in the Khmer Rouge regime, took more than 14.000 mugshots of the Tuol Sleng prison victims. He’s trying to establish himself as entrepreneur of the socalled dark tourism. One of his ideas on how to profit from the thousands of genocide pictures will bitterly surprise us. Every day, a cleaner and an audio guide clean up Cambodian history in the only wax sculptures museum of the country. Which image to choose to represent our own country? But, above all, what to do with it?

  • Davide Grotta
    • Director

    Davide Grotta

    Graduated in "Archeaological heritage", he began taking photographs in the world of underwater archaeology. In 2009 he dedicated himself to editorial photography in collaboration with the photojournalistic agency AGF focusing on political and economic issues. For two years he has lived in Phonm Pehn to continue his photograph research. Interested in the relationship between man’s identity and the influence of mass culture, he completed his studies in film directing at ZeLIG – School for documentary.

  • Alexander Fontana
    • Cinematographer

    Alexander Fontana

    Alexander Fontana was born in 1989 near Bolzano, north Italy.
    By growing up in the Alps, soon he gets in touch with sport, landscape and nature-photography. After a few years as Barkeeper he discovered his real passion for cinematography and cameras. Since March 2014 he attends the ZeLIG – School for documentary.

  • Gabriele Borghi
    • Editor

    Gabriele Borghi

    Born in 1990 in Mantova (Italy). After the bachelor degree in Sociology at the University of Trento he develops a strong curiosity for the non-fiction storytelling crafts. He works for an independent production company as film editor and location sound mixer. From 2014 to 2016 he studies Editing and Postproduction at ZeLIG - School for documentary, in Bozen, where he edited his first feature-lenght documentary.


  • Torino Film Festival
  • This human world
  • DOK.fest Munich
  • Bellaria Film Festival
  • Jean Rouch Film Festival
  • Poitiers Film Festival


Country of production: Italy
Original Format: HD 1080 25p
Screening Format: DCP, Apple ProRes or any on request
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Running time: 68'
Subtitles available: Italian / English / German


Director: Davide Grotta
Cinematographer: Alexander Fontana
Editor: Gabriele Borghi
Soundrecordist: Gabriele Borghi
Assistants director: Hoeung Soeum, Gabriele Borghi


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.