The Dark Side of the Sun

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The Dark Side of the Sun

Directed by Carlo Shalom Hintermann

  • Italy 2011; 92 min
  • Original version: English
  • Genre: Documentary, Animation


For a few children sun is a fatal enemy. Xeroderma Pigmentosum is a rare illness that forces them to live far from any sunlight, completely isolated from the daytime life of their peers. This doesn't happen however at Camp Sundown, a summer camp in New York State conceived and established by the determination of their parents. This camp welcomes child patients from all over the world. Here an inverted universe, full of enchantment, flourishes. The life of this small nocturnal community is interwoven with the animated dreams conceived by the children themselves. Both parents and children share the same desire: to fully live out their lives, despite the illness.

Director's Statement

I wanted to see things from their point of view; see what it's like to live in a situation where night is your day...






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