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by Andrea Zambelli


After the end of the Second World War, many poor, young Italian women earned their living working in the rice fields, spending hours every day planting and harvesting under the merciless sun in the northern plains of their country. Their story became so well-known that it attracted the attention of one of the great postwar Italian directors, Giuseppe De Santis. His film Bitter Rice was a classic of the period. It featured the stunning Silvana Mangano, whose semi-clad figure – the women worked in the bare minimum of clothes – projected an assertive, earthy sexuality.

international title: From Mother to Daughter
original title: Di madre in figlia
country: Italy
sales agent: Adriana Chiesa Enterprises
year: 2008
genre: documentary
directed by: Andrea Zambelli
film run: 80'
screenplay: Andrea Zambelli
cinematography by: Andrea Zambelli
film editing: Claudio Cormio
art director: Davide Ferrario
music: Coro delle Mondine di Novi, Fiamma Fumana
producer: Davide Ferrario
production: Rossofuoco
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