The Choice of Staying

Damanhur is a community of spiritual researchers, who secretly built an underground temple in Northern Italy, recognized as the largest underground religious building in the world. The people of Damanhur consider themselves an independent nation, apart from Italy, although it is not recognized as such.  Through the eyes of a young Swedish girl who came there to make a documentary and then decided to stay, "The Choice of Staying" tells the story of lights and shadows within the spiritual community, between the accusation of being a cult and the creation of an alternative possible society.

Country Italy Year 2020 Duration 48′ Language English, Italian, Swedish, Damanhurian
Production Damanhur, Mattia Mura 
Written, Directed and Edited Mattia Mura Original Soundtrack Alberto Martino 
Sound Design & Mixing Giovanni Bottan Graphic Design Roberta Donatini Motion Graphic Alessandro Iacobino 
Camera Assistant Kendra Sanders Additional Sound Designer Antti L.S. Ikonen