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The Choice of Staying

Damanhur is the Italian biggest ecovillage and a community of spiritual researchers, who built an underground temple in Northern Italy. The people of Damanhur consider themselves as an independent nation, apart from Italy, though they are 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.

Year 2020 

Country Italy Duration 48′ Language English, Italian, Swedish, Damanhurian Subtitles English, Italian, Hungarian, Croatian, Russian
Production Damanhur, Helix Pictures Written, Directed and Edited Mattia Mura Vannuzzi 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

Screenings and Festivals

October 8th, 2020

Jharkhand International Film Festival


World Premiere. Winner of Best European Cinematography. 
Online, available during the festival.

December 4th, 2020

Štúrovo, Slovakia

European Premiere, with Hungarian subtitles.
Danubius Cinema, Hlavná ulica 6 943 01 Štúrovo

December 19th, 2020

Kautik International Film Festival

Mahaseer Fishing Camps, Jim Corbett National Park
Marchula, Uttarakhand 244715, India

December 21st, 2020

Films for Change - VOD Platform

Available in Australia and New Zealand
VOD Platform, from December 2020 to February 2021

November 27th, 2021

Austria International Film Festival

Austrian Premiere.
Artis International, Schultergasse 5, 1010, Vienna


May 16th, 2022

December 18th, 2021 - SVOD Platform

Cecina, Italy

Available in Italy.
SVOD Platform, ongoing from December 2021

Italian public screening.
Via Bruno Buozzi, 9, 57023 Cecina LI


June 27th, 2022 - SVOD Platform

Available in UK.
SVOD Platform, ongoing from June 2022

July 28th, 2022

Nomadic Island Camp

Luxembourgish Premiere. Artist residence and festival on sustainability.
54-74 Rue de l'Hôpital, 4581 Differdange, Lussemburgo

July 28th, 2022

Damanhur Hrvatska, Centar Talej

Croatian Premiere.
10000 Zagreb, Breščenskog 4, 4.kat Hrvatska

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