Michela Occhipinti

Michela Occhipinti is Italian. From 2005 to 2007, she produced several reports on immigration. In 2010, she produced and directed LETTERS FROM THE DESERT, her first documentary feature film and one of the most rewarded documentaries of the year. In 2019, FLESH OUT was nominated at Tribeca and Berlin International Film Festival among others.

Flesh Out

A film by Michela Occhipinti

2019 - Italy - Drama

Verida is a modern girl. She works in a beauty salon, is addicted to social media and hangs out with her friends. Still, she is engaged to a man chosen by her family. Like many girls her age, she is under pressure to gain a substantial amount of weight in a tradition called gavage, in order to reach the voluptuous body considered in Mauritania a sign of great beauty, charm, wealth and social status. The wedding is fast approaching and meal after meal Verida is starting to challenge everything she always thought was normal: her loved ones, her way of life, and not least, her own body.