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Paradiso: Music tale filmed in Derry wins CineRockom International Film Festival award

By Lesley Houston

A documentary filmed entirely in Londonderry has clinched a prestigious award at an international film festival in California

Paradiso, which traces a man’s efforts to reunite his former band and which has now won a total of 18 awards, clinched the best documentary gong at the CineRockom International Film Festival in Beverly Hills.

The BBC Northern Ireland-commissioned film chronicles Roy Arbuckle’s attempts to bring together members of the Signetts for a event uniting members of the city’s divided community.

The documentary, filmed in the Fountain area, was described as a “colourful, melancholic and ironic musical journey”.

Director Alessandro Negrini said: “I believe that what makes the film universal and capable of being translated into different cultures is the idea that, everywhere there is a wall, there is also the memory of the times when those divisions weren’t there.

“The idea that the worst possible aspect of any division is not the wall, but getting used to that wall. Then there is also the power of music and dance as an antidote to fear.”

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