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Lorenzo Hendel, Rome (IT)

School: ZeLIG - School for Documentary, Television and New Media
Field of Teaching: Storytelling / Dramaturgy
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Major Achievements: Lorenzo Hendel was born in Florence on December 1950. At the end of the Seventies he moved to Perugia, where he worked in RAI regional studios for a documentation project on the local social reality.

In 1988 he moved to Rome, and kept working in RAI3 as television director. Meanwhile his job as a documentary director led him around the world on travel. He directed “Tepuy, viaggio alle origini del mondo ("Tepuy, a Travel at the Origins of the World)”, shot in Venezuela (1997), “Groenlandia, il lungo tramonto ("Greenland, the Long Lasting Sunset")” (1998), and “Akha, quando il vento soffiava ("Akha, When the Wind Blew")”, shot in Thailand (2000).

In 2003/2005 he directed his first fiction feature film for cinema, “Quando i bambini giocano in cielo"("When Children Play in the Sky), completely shot in Greenland. This film won several awards, as best Feature Film at Ischia Film Festival, Maremetraggio Festival in Trieste and Festival Cinemountain in Cervinia, and further awards in Sulmona Film Festival, Autrans Festival (France) and Bellinzona Festival "Castellinaria" (Switzerland).
In 2006 he realized "Giò Marrazzo, l'amore per la verità" ("Giò Marrazzo, love for truth"), “Quando le mani si parlano” ("When the hands speak"), and in 2007 “Pio La Torre, il figlio della terra” ("Pio La Torre, the Son of the Land").
Since 2007 up to June 2013 he was in charge of DOC3 (Rai Tre). He selected the documentaries to buy and co produce, and together with the authors he followed all the projects in their development.
He was a member of many Commissioning Editors Panels in the most important International Pitching Forums, such as: IDFA in Amsterdam, Hot Docs in Toronto, Barcelona Pitching Forum, Doc Edge in Kolkata (India), Thessaloniki (Greece), Below Zero Pitching Forum (Tromso, Norway), Doc Meeting Argentina (Buenos Aires) Sunny Side of the Doc, La Rochelle (France), Sheffield (United Kingdom), Asian Side of the Doc (Tokyo, Japan), Document

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