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ITALY IN MOURNING

Stefano Rolla dies in Nassiriya

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- The documentary filmmaker was in Iraq to program the making of a documentary on post-Saddam called Babylon: the land between two fires. He was killed, together with 18 other Italians, in yesterday’s kamikaze attack

Stefano Rolla dies in Nassiriya

Yesterday’s attack in Nassiriya cost the life of 19 Italians and 9 Iraqis up to this time. Among the dear is Stefano Rolla, 65, producer and director, who was making a survey of the area for the making of a documentary for Gabbiano Film. The film, to be directed by Massimo Spano, is to be suitably entitled Babylon: the land between two fires..

Spano himself narrates what happened: "It wasn’t a troupe but only Stefano Rolla, executive producer and organizer of the film, and his assistant (who is among the injured). They had already been in those places – recalls the director – for 21 days in June and July and had established a strong relationship with the Italian military stationed in Iraq."

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Stefano Rolla, as well as producing dozens of films and documentaries (including Clown in Kabul by Enzo Balestrieri, set in post-Taliban Afghanistan) began working as an assistant director to Giuliano Montaldo, in 1971 for Sacco and Vanzetti, working later with Dario Argento in Deep Red. He debuted as a director of feature length films in 1980 with Bugie Bianche.

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