Barbara Cupisti

Barbara Cupisti is an Italian award-winning documentary director with a long career as film actress.

Barbara Cupisti
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Born (1962-01-24) 24 January 1962 (age 59)
Viareggio, Tuscany, Italy
OccupationActress, writer, director
Years active1982–present

As an actress, she is well known outside of her native country by horror fans, who will most likely recognize her from her films with director Michele Soavi and Dario Argento.

As a director, she is considered one of the most talented female directors of documentaries in the world. Mostly focused on human rights, she said that "her goal is to "give voice "to the people who don't have the opportunity to speak".

Career as actressEdit

Cupisti started her career as a dancer with the Luis Falco company. She specialized in action movies and became famous in France for her role in the very popular TV "feuilleton" Chateauvallon.

She speaks Italian, English, French, Spanish and Esperanto.

Career as directorEdit

Since 2002 she started to direct for Rai Cinema. Her first documentary movie Mothers (90 min), produced by the Italian RaiCinema and shown in Venice Film Festival 2007, won the David di Donatello 2008 for Best Documentary of the year. It was considered a masterpiece by both the national and international press.

Her second documentary, Forbidden Childhood, was screened in the festival circuit and has received the Audience Award for the Best Documentary Film at the Bahrein International Human Rights Film Festival (May 2009) and the Amnesty International Cinema and Human Rights Award at the Pesaro International Film Festival for the New Cinema (June 2009), and at the Bobbio Film Festival of Marco Bellocchio. Unicef Italia gave to this movie the High Patronage.

Io sono - Storie di schiavitù [it] (I am - Stories of slavery), her third film, is about human trafficking in Italy. It was presented at the Venice Film Festival 2011 with the patronage of Amnesty International Italy and was a finalist at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival.

Fratelli e Sorelle-storie di carcere is a two-episode documentary about the dramatic situation in Italian prisons. The film has been awarded with Premio Ilaria Alpi 2012, the most important journalist award in Italy, for the best documentary of the year and got the nomination for David di Donatello 2013.

Interferenze Rom 2013 was shot in the Republic of Macedonia, Italy, and France and talks about the Gipsy community in Europe.

Cupisti made a series of three documentaries about refugees from all over the word and the reasons for their exile, titled Exiles: The wars, Exiles: Tibet, and Exiles: The Environment.[1]

In 2016 Exiles: The wars wins the Special Nastro d'argento of the National Syndicate of Italian Film Journalists.

In 2018, Womanity is released. The film tells the story of thirty-six hours of four women in India, Egypt and the United States. It attended the Rome Film Festival and won at the Italian Film Festival in Madrid.

She is currently working on the post production of the documentary My America.



Year Title Role Notes
1982 The New York Ripper Heather Feature Film
1983 The Key Lisa Rolfe Feature Film
1985 Chateauvallon Alexandra TV Series, 26 Episodes
International Airport L'hostess di terra TV Series, 3 Episodes
1987 Stage Fright: Aquarius Alicia Feature Film
Eleven Days, Eleven Nights Alicia Feature Film
Opera Signora Albertini Feature Film
1988 Piazza Navona TV Series, 1 Episode: O Samba
1989 The Hell's Gate Erna Feature Film
La salle de bain Doctor's Wife Feature Film
The Church Lisa Feature Film
Il bambino e il poliziotto Lucia Feature Film
Dark Bar Elisabeth Feature Film
1990 Flight from Paradise Assessino Feature Film
Formula I TV Series
Il volo di Teo Feature Film
Eyewitness Elisa TV Movie
1992 Edera Dalma TV Series, 21 Episodes
Flesh and the Devil Maria Cristina TV Movie
1994 Cemetery Man Magda Feature Film
Only You Anna Feature Film
1995 L'anno prossimo... vado a letto alle dieci Betty Feature Film
1997 Le mani forti Feature Film
Commercial Break Mary Cantucci Feature Film
1999 Gialloparma Cristina Feature Film
Not Registered Feature Film
2000 Denti Segretaria Dott Calandra Feature Film
2001–02 Distretto di Polizia Irene Martini TV Series, 2 Episode: La vendetta, Doppio inganno
2002 Total Kheops Paola Feature Film
Sotto gli occhi di tutti Barbara Feature Film


Year Title Notes
2002 The Water Mask Feature Film, Segment: Cornice
2007 Mothers Documentary
2008 Forbidden Childhood Documentary
2011 Io Sono Documentary
2012 Storie di carcere Documentary
2013 Interferenze Rom Documentary
2014 Exiles. The Wars Documentary
2015 Exiles. Tibet Documentary
2016 Exiles. The environment Documentary
2018 Womanity Documentary

External linksEdit

Barbara Cupisti at IMDb

Secret Garden Productions [1]


  1. ^ "Exiles | Clipper Media". Retrieved 4 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)