A Film by Michele Cinque


Jululu – a musical journey into a corner of Africa in southern Italy covering the vast plantations of tomatoes in the province of Foggia. Badara Seck, a Senegalese griot, passes through the area like a shaman guide in search of Jululu, the soul of Africa, towards one of the ghettos where the immigrant labourers throng for the harvest season. Sagnet, the spokesman who led the labourers’ revolt against the ‘gangmaster system’ in Italy, narrates the film. Through his thoughts the social criticism of the ghetto expands to include the whole economic system determining the conditions of a new form of slavery.


  • Picture of Michele Cinque © Michele Cinque

    Michele Cinque

    Michele Cinque, born 27 March 1984 graduated in Philosophy at “La Sapienza” University in Rome, has been working in documentary production since 2004. In these years he directed several documentaries and television series, including “Xlife” a 10 episode series on extreme sports broadcasted in Italy, France, Finland, Hong Kong and Macau. He directed the documentaries “LavoroLiquido”, about the Italian world of labour awarded as Best Documentary at Imaie, and “Top Runner”, awarded at FICTS 2009 and at Palermo Sport Film Festival 2010, “Bob Marley, The Reggae’s Prophet” presented at Fipatel 2012 and broadcasted on Rai2, the documentary “Mr. Jazz”, dedicated to Louis Armstrong and coproduced with Rai Storia. Since 2015 Cinque is working as a correspondent from South America for RAI Italia, producing over 100 episodes for the format Community. In 2015 he founds ROMAP, Roma Light Interactive festival, that in two years has gathered more than houndred thousand people in the city center of Rome for its spectacles of lights. His last film Sicily Jass has been presented at 2015 festival dei Popoli, 2016 New Orleans Film Festival, 2016 Mimo Brazil, 2016 Taormina film festival, 2016 Salina Doc fest and many more. Sicily Jass has been awarded in various festivals and in 2017 has been selected by SIAE and to perform a world tour. In 2017 he realized the short film Jululu that has been awarded at 74° Venice Film Festival with Best Direction in the Migrarti section and at Milano film festival with Premio Abba. Cinque is currently working on his new feature lenght documentary, Iuventa, coproduced with Rai Cinema and ZDF/3Sat.

Awards + Festivals

    74th VENICE INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Concorso MigrArti, Venice, Italy) September 8, 2017
  • 7th CICI FILM FESTIVAL (Out of Competition, Castellammare del Golfo (TP), Italy)September 29, 2017
    22nd MILANO INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Colpe di Stato, Milan, Italy) October 3, 2017
  • 15th ROME INT'L FILM FESTIVAL - ALICE NELLA CITTÀ (Panorama Italia, Rome, Italy)October 29, 2017
  • 9th TUTTI NELLO STESSO PIATTO - INT'L FILM AND FOOD FESTIVAL (Corti D'evasione, Trento, Italy)November 8, 2017
  • 23rd MEDFILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rome, Italy)November 10, 2017
  • 4th SEE YOU SOUND INT'L MUSIC FILM FESTIVAL (7-Inch Competition, Turin, Italy)January 28, 2018
  • 2nd THE BUDDHA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, Maharashtra, India)June 9, 2018
  • 4th MONTEVIDEO WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Uruguay)July 12, 2018
  • 5th KO:SH FILM FEST - INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tirana, Albania)July 17, 2018
  • 36th FLICKER'S RHODE ISLAND INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Providence and Newport, Rhode Island, USA)August 7, 2018
  • 2nd LANETT CITY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lanett, AL, USA)September 7, 2018
  • 20th INT'L FILM FESTIVAL ETNOFILM CADCA (Official Selection, Cadca, Slowakia)September 20, 2018
  • 7th BRISTOL RADICAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bristol, UK)October 13, 2018
  • 33rd INDEPENDENT FILMFEST OSNABRÜCK (Official Selection, Osnabrück, Germany)October 17, 2018
  • QUAESTIONENCURT FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Olot, Catalonia, Spain)October 26, 2018
  • 16th TIRANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tirana, Albania)November 2, 2018
  • 17th REGGIO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Reggio Emilia, Italy)November 10, 2018
  • INTERFILM 34th INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)November 20, 2018
  • KINOFILM - MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM & ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Manchester, United Kingdom)November 26, 2018
  • 22nd CINEMA AND HUMAN RIGHTS (Official Selection, Forlimpopoli, Italy)November 28, 2018
  • 7th SMITA PATIL DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)December 6, 2018
  • 15th GUANGZHOU INT'L DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Guangzhou, China)December 12, 2018
  • 3rd BUCHAREST SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bucharest, Romania)December 19, 2018
  • 2nd CHAMBAL INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kota, Rajasthan, India)January 12, 2019
  • 7th SILK ROAD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Dublin, Ireland)February 5, 2019
  • SHORT WAVES FESTIVAL 2019 (Official Selection, Poznan, Poland)March 19, 2019
  • 12th ECOZINE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Zaragoza, Spain)May 3, 2019
    2nd PORTO FEMME INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Competition, Porto, Portugal)July 18, 2019


Michele Cinque
Michele Cinque
Valerio Ciampicacigli, Fabio Parente, Charlotte Marie Kretschmer
Director of Photography
Stefano Usberghi
Emanuele Cicconi, Giandomenico Petillo
Piero Lassandro
Sound Design
Giancarlo Rutigliano
Badara Seck


Running Time
15:04 min
Shooting Format
Screening Format
DCP (4K), BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio



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