Italy, 1984. Ten-year-old Rocco is growing up in a gorgeous but poor mountain hamlet in Calabria, until one day his father Salvatore decides to seek a better future for his family. He then leaves for the promised land, Belgium, where he strives to earn a lot of money in short amount of time by working in coal mines, before returning to his home country. But very soon he sends for his family and they all move to Waterschei. Rocco becomes a migrant overnight, with all the consequences this entails. The greyisch mining landscapes of Limburg, icy winters, racism, and a foreign language and culture all put a damper on the little boy's hapiness. Rocco want to be like other children, become someone and have a purpose in life. Against his father's wish and better judgement he seeks an escape through music and love. Rocco follows his heart and passion to fulfil his dream.

The story is based on the chilhood memories of the Italien-Belgian singer, Rocco Granata.  

Belgium - 2012
Genre: feature film
Duration: 123 min
Director: Stijn Coninx
Screenplay: Rik D'hiet
Producer: Eyeworks Film & TV Drama - Les Films du Fleuve - Orisa Produzioni
Actors: Matteo Simoni, Evelien Bosmans, Luigi Lo Cascio, Donatella Finocchiaro, Warre Borgmans, Chris Van Den Durpel
Release: November 6 - 2013

Tax shelter status: Fully funded


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