Maria Cristina Lasagni is professor of Cinema and Documentary at the Università della Svizzera Italiana, and Scientific Director of the Documentary Summer School (with Prof. Gabriele Balbi). She has directed scientific researches for Universities and Institutions, such as the Italian public broadcaster RAI, the Italian Authority for Communications, and for the Swiss Federal Office of Communications UFCOM. She has been content editor for the educational channel TVLTV-Language (digital TV Stream, now Sky). As a filmmaker, she has directed documentaries on social matters (e.g. gender issues, mental health, psychiatric reform, social marginality), as well as educational productions for the Italian Parliament and the Italian National Health Service. She is the head of Psicoradio, a national radio program in collaboration with the Department of Mental Health in Bologna (Italy). Her latest book, entitled Nanook cammina ancora ("Nanook keeps walking", 2014) is about the historical development of the documentary genre, as well as on its philosophical, ethical and social status.
Andrea Segre is an award-winner Italian filmmaker who has directed over twenty films of documentary and fiction genre. In his films, Andrea has explored issues such as ethnic and cultural identity, migration, social and economic crisis. His first feature film Shun Li and the Poet (2011) is a poetic depiction of the friendship between a young Chinese woman, migrated to Italy, and a silent fisherman of Slavic origin. The film won three awards at the Venice Film Festival, as well as the prestigious LUX Prize from the European Parliament. His last documentary film Ibi was, for the first time in Europe, entirely based on the self-narration, direct and spontaneous, made by an immigrant woman telling about herself and about her Europe to her sons in Africa. This documentary was also selected for the Locarno Film Festival last year. His last feature film The Order of Things portrays the tension between Europe and immigration which is calling into question the very identity of Europe. This film won the Human Rights Film Network Award Special Mention at the 74 Venice Film Festival. Andrea Segre holds a PhD in Sociology of Communication from the University of Bologna. He has been teaching for over ten years graduate courses in visual ethnography and social communication.
Gilles Kepel is a French Political Scientist and Arabist, has specialized in the contemporary Middle East and Muslims in the West. He is the Scientific Director of the Middle East Mediterranean Freethinking Platform. He is also the Director of the Middle East and Mediterranean Chair at PSL Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University, based at École Normale Supérieure. Kepel holds degrees in Arabic, English, and Philosophy, a PhD in Sociology and a Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (HDR) in Political Science. He has specialized in contemporary islamist movements since his 1983 PhD. He has been a Visiting Professor at New York University and Columbia University and was elected a Senior Fellow at the Institut Universitaire de France from 2010 to 2015. Professor Kepel created and was general editor of the series ‘Proche Orient’ at Presses Universitaires de France, which was comprised of 23 volumes between 2004 and 2017. His books, such as ‘The Revenge of God’ and ‘Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam’, have been translated in a dozen languages. Recently he has published ‘Terror in France: The Rise of Jihad in the West’ (Princeton U. Press, 2017).
John Izod is Emeritus Professor of Screen Analysis in Communications, Media and Culture at the University of Stirling, and also a shamanic practitioner. He was formerly Head of Department and Dean of the Faculty of Arts. As principal investigator funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council grant, he led a three-year project (2007-2010) on the cinema authorship of Lindsay Anderson. And as co-investigator funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council grant 2014-2017, he is contributing to the Scottish dimension of a research project led from De Montfort University on British Silent Cinema and the Transition to Sound. He has published several books: Reading the Screen; Hollywood and the Box Office, 1895-1986; The Films of Nicolas Roeg: Myth and Mind; An Introduction to Television Documentary (with Richard Kilborn); Myth, Mind and the Screen: Understanding the Heroes of our Time; Screen, Culture, Psyche: A Post-Jungian Approach to Working with the Audience; Lindsay Anderson:Cinema Authorship (with Karl Magee, Kathryn Hannan & Isabelle Gourdin-Sangouard) and Cinema as Therapy: Grief and Transformational Film (with Joanna Dovalis).
Nevina Satta is the CEO of the Sardegna Film Commission, the Vice-President of the Italian Film Commission Association (IFC), and a board member of Cineregio, the EU network of Regional Film Funds. A professor of Film Producing and Directing at various EU Universities, she received her Philosophy degree in Cultural Media Studies and Visual Anthropology PhD in Milan, where she began her career as filmmaker and producer. Before returning to her homeland after twenty years, she was based in Los Angeles and Milan, developing and producing narrative features and documentaries. She has also worked as consultant for International Film Festivals and as an architect of training initiatives, among which the Documentary Summer School since its inception in 2000. She founded with her husband the Unicef-endorsed NGO The Traveling Film School. She is a specialist in Sustainability in the Creative Industries and Audiovisual Industry Funds and Institutions.