2009 | Nicole Leghissa | 52 min


In memory of Pietro Savorgnan di Brazzà

Immersed in the historical background of the second half of the 19th century, the documentary investigates the events and the mystery surrounding the life and mission of Pietro Savorgnan di Brazzà, misunderstood in his home country and the only white man for whom an African capital is still named after, Brazzaville in Congo. As the young heir of an important family, he abandoned the comfortable life of social engagements and left Friuli to explore the unknown lands of Africa. A courageous explorer, a barefoot visionary, an idealistic aristocrat, Italian by birth but a French citizen, Pietro Savorgnan di Brazzà was a man ahead of his times, questioning colonialism and its oppressive nature. A delicate subject which is more than ever relevant. This fascinating, historical reconstruction addresses colonialism, its origins and its deviations.






General Info

Year: 2009

Running time: 52′

Country: Italy

Genre: documentary

Language: Italian, French, English

Subs: Italian, French, English

Cast & Crew

Director: Nicole Leghissa

Plot: Paolo Rumiz, Gino Pennacchi, Nicole Leghissa

Photography: Nicole Leghissa

Editing: Denise Vindevogel

Music: C. Shultz and F. Randomiz

Production: Tico Film (Sarah Pennacchi) Settimarte (Federico Saraceni)

Distribution: Tico Film


Histoire (France)

RAI (Italy)

List of Festivals


FESPACO Film Festival, Italy

Trieste Film Festival








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