The Jury

Arnaldo Casali
Historian, journalist, author and playwright. He works for the Institute of Theological and Social History in Terni and is the artistic director of ‘Popoli e Religioni’ (People and Religions) – Terni Film Festival. He writes for several newspapers and collaborates with the Mediaeval Festival in Gubbio and the Pontifical Council for the family. Among his publications is the volume of interviews entitled ‘Tra cielo e terra. Cinema, artisti e religione’ (Between Heaven and Earth. Cinema, artists and religions.)

Sahra Kaarimi
Born in Kabul she grew up in Teheran and then lived for several years in Slovakia, where she studied filmmaking and screenwriting; the first and only Afghan woman to have completed a doctoral degree on cinema. Her filmography consists of around 30 shorts and documentaries, amongst which “Afghan women behind the wheel”, which has won 25 international prizes; she is now working on a feature film “A pianist from Kabul”.

Catherine McGilvray
Screenwriter and filmmaker, author of short films and the feature-length film “L’Iguana”. Since 2000 she has made several well-received documentaries amongst which “The heart of a murderer”, which won an award at the 2014 edition of Religion Today. Her most recent documentary is in post-production, dedicated to the community of immigrants from El Salvador to the State of New York.

Oren Tirosh
A graduate in Documentary Making at the Camera Obscura School of Art in Tel Aviv, since 1995 he has been a teacher of filmmaking, photography and cinematographic theory of the same school. For the past twenty years he has been responsible for the photography of documentaries chosen in many international festivals and by numerous Israeli and European television channels.

Aruna Vasudev
Founder of the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC), director of the Asian Cinema Festical, she completed her research doctoral degree in Paris and is noted for her critical studies dedicated mainly to Indian cinema. She is often called as a member or president of the international juries of major festivals and has received important awards, amongst which the title of ‘Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia’.