Who are children nowadays, what are they thinking, and how do they see the adult world? To find the answers to these questions, Sophie Chiarello entered a newly formed first-grade classroom with her camera. On a regular cadence, for the entire five-year cycle, she participated in classroom circles organized by the teacher.
This is Il Cerchio (tr: The Circle), nominated for best documentary - the Cecilia Mangini Award - at the David di Donatello Awards, which will debut on Sky Documentaries on May 11 at 9:15 p.m., streaming on NOW and also available on demand on Sky Go.
Il Cerchio is a true social experiment, where the filmmaker followed the pupils of an elementary school class with her camera for five years, capturing their special point of view on the world. What is love? Who are the migrants? What are the differences between boys and girls? What does it mean to become an adult? But most importantly, who is Santa Claus? These are just some of the universal questions that children laugh about, discuss and debate from first to fifth grade, forming a circle from time to time where together they relate, listen to each other and discover something new, even about themselves. In a nutshell, they grow up.
This is not a documentary about children, but with children, a documentary that revolves around them but also around adults. A portrait of today's world in which tomorrow's is mirrored.
Il Cerchio by Sophie Chiarello is an Indigo Film production with Rai Cinema, in collaboration with Sky Documentaries. It will debut on Sky Documentaries on May 11 at 9:15 p.m., streaming only on NOW and also available on demand on Sky Go.