The Whole World, One Step at a Time (Tutto il mondo piano piano)

Film Info
Category:Special Screening
Running Time:10 min.
Director:Gianmarco D'Agostino
Producer:Advaita Film S.r.l. with Pang'ono Pang'ono
Il Filodijuta
Screenwriter:Gianmarco D'Agostino
Cinematographer:Yari Marcelli
Editor:Alessandro Anichini


Many years ago, Rudy left his wealthy life in Italy, choosing to live in Bangladesh and assist homeless children there. His friend, Alex, joined him and together they built schools where poor children could receive education and healthcare. They work with a local organization, Pang’ono, which now serves over 1,000 students in five different schools, providing education and healthcare services. D’Agostino’s short documentary profiles the lives of Bangladeshi children, who are eager to learn in a harsh environment where access even to something as basic as potable drinking water is not assured. Together with their Bangladeshi counterparts, Alex and Rudy challenge poverty, corruption, and violence with care and love. This is a story about how every man can change his life by trying to change the world. The whole world, one step at a time.

Additional Information

Gianmarco D’Agostino, born in Arezzo, 1977, graduated in Cinema History and Critics from the University of Florence. He directed several films hosted by Antonio Paolucci, the director of the Vatican Museum, on subjects including the Sistine Chapel and the Medici family chapels in Florence’s San Lorenzo Church. D’Agostino spent a year filming in the jails of Florence and Ferrara for the social-issue documentary Oggi voglio parlare (2012). His current projects include Florence, the Consul and Me, a documentary about Gerhard Wolf, the German diplomat who saved both Jews and artworks from the Nazis during his tenure in Florence during World War II. His documentary, Walking on Water, about the 1966 flood of the Arno River in Florence, screened in New Italian Cinema in 2017.