Minors’ hope / Il sogno dei minori

country, year
Italy, 2019


running time

directed by
Mohamed Kenawi

Arabic, Italian


about the film
Four years after having landed in Italy, three unaccompanied minors struggle to find a way to secure adulthood. The documentary shows follow the daily routine of the supervisor at their reception centre, who helps them negotiate the red tape, and obtain the documents needed to make this crucial transition.

about the author
Born in Egypt, Mohamed Kenawi has graduated fromItalian language and literature atthe University of Ain Chams (Cairo) and hasworked as translator and writer before emigrating to Italy in 2000. In 2002 he took a diploma in directing and editing at the Rome Cinema School. He was an Assistant Producer with Orbit, the cable television network, in Rome from 2003 to 2006. Since 2006 he’s been making films for Domino Film:  as a writer, director and producer he has created a series of documentaries that explore multiculturalism, ethnic minorities and human rights issues beyond the legal or formal framework.

festivals and awards
PriMed – Prix International du Documentaire et du Reportage Méditerranéen – International Festival of Mediterranean Documentary and Reportage Marseille (2019)
UNICEF Innocenti Film Festival (2019)

Vesuvian Love Story (2020)
Minor’s Hope (2019)
Yello Fleet (2019) 
When Rumi meets Francis (2017)
The Real Cost behind the Mask (2013)
Women who refuse to die (2012)
Romania: the specter of tyranny (2011)
Macedonia: divided by a river (2010)
Albania: going around in circles (2010)
The Vatican: state and faith (2009)
Arabic Poets of Sicily (2009)
The Masters of the vases (2007)
Sukkar (2006)