Directed by Enrico Maisto
2018, 57 minutes
The Call is an inside look at the turbulent jury selection process in Italy. In Italy, citizens can be summoned at a day’s notice for potential jury duty. 60 common citizens are randomly selected by a computer and notified by the police in person to appear in court—by the end of the day, 6 people are selected to be jurors. Shot with three cameras from a fly-on-the-wall perspective, director Enrico Maisto chronicles the selection process in Milan’s Court of Assize—which tries the country’s most notorious crimes—capturing the expression of worried potential jurors as they nervously wait to be individually interviewed by lead judge Anna Conforti. Their whispers, nervous questions, humorous comments, and discomfort are all captured and brought together in a soft cacophony full of reflection on a little-known civic duty.
Subjects & Collections
Festivals & Awards* Best Mid-length Documentary - HotDocs 2018
Official Selection - IDFA 2017
THE GRAND JURY
Examines the nature and function of the Grand Jury system and explores the relationship of the grand jury to the rest of the criminal justice system by following a case from arrest through indictment.