Open to the Public (Aperti al pubblico)

Film Info
Running Time:60 min.
Director:Silvia Bellotti
Producer:Parallelo 41 produzioni
Arci Movie
with the support by FilmaP produzione Ponticelli
Antonella di Nocera
Cinematographer:Silvia Bellotti
Editor:Lea Dicursi


The social housing authority of Naples manages the 40,000 public housing units of the city and province. Its offices, open twice a week, become the stage of vigorous verbal arguments between the employees—whose task is to apply norms and regulations with impartiality—and the multitudes of applicants who need help with housing. The people who apply for assistance are a diverse and quirky group, often living in existential and personal conditions that defy classification, thus presenting cases that cannot be easily solved. The beleaguered but kind social workers, who are truly on the front lines dealing with Naples’ impoverished citizens, face the system’s deficiencies with creative solutions, open hearts, and occasionally fraying patience. Bellotti takes on the bureaucratic process with humor, pathos, and a keen sense of humanity. Open To The Public won the Premio del Pubblico (Audience Award) at the 2017 Festival dei Popoli.

Co-Presented by:
San Francisco Housing Action Coaliton
SFSU School of Cinema

Additional Information

Silvia Bellotti (born Rome, 1982) was a columnist for the newspapers Il Fatto and Quaderni de l'Ora. In 2013 she was a finalist for the Morricone Award, a section of the Ilaria Alpi Award. In 2014, she attended the first edition of the workshop FilmaP – Atelier di Cinema del Reale in Naples, where she directed the short film Il foglio, which screened in competition at the Torino Film Festival in 2015, and Open to the Public, her first feature documentary film.