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Mitumba - The second-hand road

Overview

Genre
Social Issues, Contemporary Issues, Human Interest, and Society
Synopsis

The story of a T-shirt… about how it travelled from the north to the south of the world. It’s the inside-out story of a piece of clothing’s first and second life and everything that happens in between. The tale is told by the people involved in the second-hand clothes trade and by the thoughts of a traveller. He starts out from Hamburg, shadowing a T-shirt that belonged to Felix, a 10 year-old football fan. Four months later he arrives in Tanzania, at the village of Ilambilole. Along the way he encounters an incredible number of people who had something to do with the T-shirt and whose livelihoods revolve around the buying and selling of second-hand clothes and shoes: wholesalers, retailers, transporters, sorters…until it reached 9 year-old Lucky, another football fan with a passion for T-shirts that have a number on the back.

Stage
finished
Running time
52 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
B&B Film
Country
Italy
Years of Production
2005
Locations
Germany, Tanzania, Italy
Prod. Partners
Filmtank hamburg, NDR-arte, YLE Teema, Planet, LTV, EU Media programme

Distribution Details

Release year
2005
Festivals
Human Rights– Francia 2006, African, Asian and Latin American Film, Festival – Milano 2005, Flahertiana Festival – Russia 2006, David di Donatello – Italia 2006, Arcipelago – Italia 2006, Tricontinental – India 2007, Planet in Focus – Canada
Awards
Globo d'oro 2005-Best Documentary; Torino Cinema Ambiente 2005- Award Legambiente; Winner-Napoli Film Festival 2007; Cinema del Reale Award 2006
Language
German, English, Swaili, Italian
Subtitles
Italian, English

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