Simone Rapisarda is an experimental filmmaker born in rural Sicily and raised by a mother who taught him how to read on Italo Calvino’s The Baron in the Trees. He dreams of living an arboreal life one day to make an avant-garde ethnography on his anarchist cat. Simone Rapisarda’s work challenges the conventional boundaries between fiction, documentary and ethnography as well as the traditional hierarchical production approach.

He is an Assistant Professor of Film in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, and so far has made three feature films: The Strawberry Tree, Cuba, 2011; The Creation of Meaning, Italy, 2014; and Hegel’s Angel, Haiti, 2018. Works in progress include That’s How The Light Gets In, Italy; Playing With Worlds, Canada; A Tibetan Ghost Story, China.