Parsifal Reparato | Vietnam, Italy 2018 | 52 Min. | OmeU
The young migrant worker Bay earns her and her family’s living in Thai Long, a suburb of Hanoi and one of the biggest industrial production sites in the world. The work is hard and follows stringent rules that are strictly controlled. Particularly women are expected to work tirelessly and with absolute obedience. Only when Bay travels to her native village for the Tet-celebrations she finds time to reflect on her condition.
Through impressive animations, Nimble Fingers exposes the fundaments on which the global production chain is built and unveils the fears and dreams of the exploited producers.
Director: Parsifal Reparato
Camera and Sound: Parsifal Reparato, Hoang Chaizee and Federico Tummolo
Editing: Armando Duccio Ventriglia
Producers: Parsifal Reparato, Federico Schiavi
Golden Tree International Documentary Film Festival – Best Mid-Length Documentary – Frankfurt 2018, Terra Di Tutti Film Festival – Bologna 2018 – Premio Storie Di Giovani Invisibili, Roma Cinema Doc – Vincitore Best Italian Documentary – Rome 2017, Sole Luna Film Festival – Audience Award – Treviso 2018, Via Emilia Doc Fest – Menzione Speciale – Modena 2018, Premio Gavioli – Finalista – Brescia 2017, Muestra De Antropologia Visual De Madrid – Mención Especial Mejor Documental Antropológico – Madrid 2018, On The Road Film Festival – Special Mention – Rome 2018, On The Road Film Festival – Audience Award – Rome 2018, Prospectiva Brio Festival – Menzione Speciale – Montesarchio 2018, Visual Fest Roma3 – Special Mention Scientific Committee – Rome 2018, Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival – Best Director – Moscow 2018, Mostra Internacional De Cinema Etnografico Mice – Best Film – Santiago De Compostela 2019, Napoli Film Festival – Premio Cinemaitaliano.Info Schermo Napoli Doc – Napels 2019.
Born in Naples in 1985, anthropologist and director of photography Parsifal Reparato works on socialist and ex-socialist countries challenged by the globalised economy. His recent project Nimble Fingers is a documentary about female factory workers in Vietnam. Reperato is also a free-lance journalist collaborating with different reviews. He published an essay on second-generation immigrants in Rome in 2008 (as part of the European project “Tresegy WP5” in association with Lunaria Association). In 2010, he presented his work “Integration of Manding Community in a Neapolitan Neighborhood” at the 14th conference Antropología Social y Cultural Afroamericana in Havana. Reperato finished his thesis “Illness Experience and Therapeutic Pathways in Cuban Santería about HIV/Aids. A Visual Anthropology Perspective” in 2013.
Filmography as Director
Mas allá de la Santería – Documentary, 30’, Cuba 2011
Villa villa Vigna – Documentary, 10’, Italy 2012
Rezeki – Documentary, 54’, Indonesia 2015
Chikù – Reportage, 5’, Italy 2015
Underground Harvest, Documentary, Indonesia 2017
Nimble fingers – Documentary, 52’, Vietnam 2017