Basileus: The School of Kings (Basileus, la scuola dei re)

Basileus: The School of Kings (Basileus, la scuola dei re)

Alessandro Marinelli
Italy
2018
78 minutes

“If you lose the toughest kids, the school is no longer a school. It is a hospital that cares for the healthy and rejects the sick.” -Don Lorenzo Milani 

For one year, director Alessandro Marinelli and his team followed the students of a school in a disenfranchised suburb of Rome. In this microcosm, the strong and peculiar relationship between the teachers and the students emerges. The teachers are passionately engaged in their students’ education, inventing and trialing new methods and activities. Deeply connected with neighbourhood life, the teachers strive to support kids facing staggering challenges before beginning their adult lives. In a fragmented mosaic of raw reality, uncertainty, and rebellion, they express their feelings with instinctive body language and words often grammatically incorrect, yet deeply vital.

Without interfering, Marinelli’s camera captures the real and immediate emotions of the students, and paints a moving portrait of a low-income community told through a chorus of young people’s voices and experiences. -TG