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The Joys of the Women

FRANCO DI CHIERA
AUSTRALIA 1993, 55′
Screenplay: Franco di Chiera
Cinematography: Simon Smith
Editing: Peter Pritchard
Sound: Kavisha Mazzella
Production: Andrew Ogilvie, Franco di Chiera

The Joys of the Women choir perform with passion at a concert in Fremantle, Western Australia

The Joys of the Women is an uplifting musical journey tracing the search by singer/songwriter Kavisha Mazzella to find the lost songs of a generation. Inspired by the songs her grandmother used to sing, Kavisha embarks on a journey spanning two continents. From the heart of the Italian immigrant community in Fremantle to her family’s native island of Ischia in Italy, we share in Kavisha’s discoveries and the extraordinary power of the Fremantle Italian Women’s Chorus, The Joys of the Women.
The Joys of The Women (1993) screened at Festival dei Popoli (Florence) and Bilan Ethnografique (Paris) and was nominated in the 1994 Australian Film Critics Awards.

Pipe Dreams - Film Australia / Prospero ProductionFRANCO DI CHIERA
Franco Di Chiera’s short films Waiting Round Wynyard (1982), La Scala Lo Scalone (1985) and Bad News Bachelors (1990) screened at international film festivals in Sydney, San Francisco, Edinburgh, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Munich and Turin. He produced Under The Skin (1994), AFI Award Winner Best TV Miniseries/Tele-feature. In 2000, he directed Three Forever for producers Rolf de Heer and Domenico Procacci, starring Bud Spencer. Among his most successful films are No Milk, No Honey (1997), Hoover’s Gold (2005), Pipe Dreams (2006), The Fabulous Flag Sisters (2008), Death of the Megabeasts (2010).