My Home, in Libya

  •   Martina Melilli
  •   Italy
  •   Documentary, Spotlight: Italy, Spotlight: Women in Cinema
  •   Documentary, Political, Women's Experiences


To reconnect with her Libyan heritage, Italian artist Martina Melilli befriends a young Tripoli man named Mahmoud on social media. She asks for his help to gather and send images of her grandparents’ former neighborhood and home—which they left after the country’s 1970 military coup. As Mahmoud and Melilli exchange pictures, videos and texts, a deep cross-border friendship grows—until war interrupts yet again. A poignant portrait of politics’ enduring impact on personal lives.

This film is a selection of the International Documentary Competition.

  •  Italian with subtitles
  •  66 minutes


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Women in Cinema Program Sponsor

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Women in Cinema Program Patron

Jeanne Randall Malkin Family Foundation

Cultural Partners

Consulate General of Italy in Chicago & Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago
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