Those who stay


At 3:36 a.m. in the night between the 23rd and the 24th of August 2016 a 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit central Italy. The epicenter was the small town of Accumoli, Lazio, at just 8 kilometers of depth. The towns of Amatrice, Accumoli, Arquata and Pescara del Tronto, amongst many others, were razed to the ground. 399 people were killed and nearly 10000 left homeless.

“Those who stay” is an ethnographic documentary that depicts the life in the aftermath of the disaster. The director spent three months living in a container in one of the 69 hamlets of Amatrice capturing stories, hopes, and everyday life.

The resulting documentary, through intimate stories and an ethic approach, drives us into the lives of the ones that, despite the difficulties, the trauma and the loss, decided to stay. The abnormality that becomes normality, the feeling of stillness and the strength of the people that has to cope with a torn landscape.

Despite the magnitude of the disaster and the vast territory, I have decided to focus on two groups of people: a couple of young horse farmers and a group of old ladies. Arianna decided to juxtapose images from their everyday lives together with frames of the nature that surrounds them.

What emerges is a deep portrait of the community, moving within static and projects, and of the resilience that links them all.

About the author

Arianna holds a BA in Theatre and Performing arts (University of Florence), a MA in Cultural Production and Journalism (Lumsa University, Rome) and a MA in Visual Anthropology (Goldsmiths University, London). Her interest focuses on displacement and memory.

After living in Spain, Ireland and in the UK and travels to numerous countries, she decided to use her endless curiosity to explore the world and tell meaningful stories through images and sound. She has worked as videographer and photographer with institutions and NGOs. “Those who stay”, her latest documentary, will be showed in various festivals in Europe. She is co-director of the Centre of Experimental Storytelling, a project that aims to give new tools to young people living in the areas of central Italy affected by the 2016 earthquake to investigate their trauma through visual storytelling. She is currently living in London, where she works as a freelance videographer, photojournalist, and ethnographer.


  • Those who stay (2017)
  • Memory (essay film, 2017)

Screening / award list:

  • October 2017 screening at Royal Anthropological Society, London
  • March 2018 screening at the 15th World Film Festival, Estonia – May 2018 screening at Ethnocineca 2018

Technical information:

Country: Italy / United Kingdom
Running Time: 20 minutes

Colour: Colour
Language: Italian


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Those Who Stay Press Kit

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