24 - 27 JUNE 2019 / LA ROCHELLE - FRANCE

Nicole Leghissa

Director & Producer

Nicole Leghissa

Director & Producer
Italy

Biography

Nicole Leghissa

I started to work in film as AD and researcher in historical feature documentaries shot in Rome and produced by British and American production companies/brodcasters. When I moved back to my home town -Trieste – a small port in the North East of Italy on the border with Ex-Yugoslavia, I discovered that it had become one of the cities in Europe with the highest density of scientists. I started to dig into their stories and I decided that I wanted to tell them with my camera. Until now I filmed and produced several documentaries on science and short web portraits on scientists for the Italian television and for the United Nations, establishing a fruitful collaboration with the international scientific cooperation institutions based in Trieste. In the last five years my main activity as a filmmaker became to tell stories of science and scientists in the developing countries. Science through my camera is always human and personal. I am interested in the inextricable connection among knowledge, passion and imagination. Many of the scientists that I met around the world have direct impact on their communities and share the same dream of a better world. Sometimes I see them as rays of light passing through the bullets’ holes. My last advocacy documentary film on scientists fleeing from war countries was shown in more than 25 countries and is actively supporting the creations of temporary shelter in Europe for “scholars at risk”.

Project : “Science is dreaming, Climate change impact in the Global South”

Synopsis : “Science is dreaming” will be inspired by real stories. For 5 minutes the “VR user” will be in the middle of the mental universe of a scientist, living his/her subconscious memories, fantasy, imagination, brain connections and thoughts…steps culminating in the moment of intuition and discovery.