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One thousand rock musicians get up one morning, step outside, gather from all over Italy, and meet in Cesena, Italy, to play a Foo Fighters song together. This exciting one-time event started as a fantasy in the mind of Fabio Zaffagnini, who dreamed of convincing his favorite band to play a gig in his hometown, which never managed to draw in the big names. The fundraising, the search for musicians, and the rehearsals took a whole year, at the end of which Zaffagnini found himself at the top of a tower of scaffolding, in front of one thousand guitarists, drummers, and vocalists performing “Learn to Fly”. A closer look at the musicians reveals women, men, and even children, some of whom get to share their stories in this film. Naturally, the Foo Fighters could not stay indifferent to this. And Zaffagnini? Well…

With the support of the Italian Institute of Culture.

Previous Festivals: SXSW Film Festival, Hot Docs, IDFA, Festa del Cinema di Roma 2020

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Screening Schedule:
  • Sun 04.07 | 20:00 | Hilton Beach | Free admission
  • Sat 10.07 | 19:45 | Cinematheque 1
  • Sat 10.07 | 19:45 | Cinematheque 1
  • Watch online | The film will be available From July 1st until July 31st

Anita Rivaroli was born in Cesena and graduated at ‘Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia’, Italy as a screenwriter. Then she studied filmmaking as self-learner and directed shorts and videoclip. Her short film “A summer tale” won Best Film at World Youth Alliance Manhattan Film Festival and received many awards in the Italian festival circuit. She directed all the videoclip for Rockin’1000 that reached more than 60M views.
As screenwriter she wrote several TV Series for the Italian market, such as “Tutto può succedere” e “SKAM_Italia”. She has a few TV series in development for international channels, such as Canal Plus and Netflix. “We are the Thousand” is her first feature documentary.

Production: Simone Catania
Production Company: Indyca, Primitive Entertainment
Editing: Roberto di Tanna
Sound Design: Antonio Giannantonio
Music: Giorgio Giampà


Supporters & Broadcasters: Yes Docu