Rome, from a humble beginning grew into one of the greatest empires ever known, lasting almost a thousand years. In order to figure out of who were the Romans, it is imperative to understand from where all this started.

Completed On: 07 Apr, 2020

Duration: 29 min 54 sec

Genres: Documentary

Country: Malta

Director: Maurice Micallef

Submitted By: Chris Micallef

Rome, from a humble beginning grew into one of the greatest empires ever known, lasting almost a thousand years. In order to figure out of who were the Romans, it is imperative to understand from where all this started.
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    29 minutes 54 seconds
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    07 Apr, 2020
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    5000 USD
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    Black & White and Color
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Director's Biography

Maurice Micallef, has an impressive track record in film-making, which goes back to 1964 when he produced his first documentary ‘A Glance at Valletta’-a twelve minute insight of the capital city. In 1972, with the help of the Italian government, Maurice was sent to RAI studios in Rome where he gained technical know how and experience which were to become an asset in his film-making career. From those days on, Maurice never looked back and produced to date twenty eight productions, amongst which are: The Hiker (1974), The Islet of Filfla (1974, 1995 & 2016), Images (1975), The Boy and the Red Ball (1977), The Hand of God (1978), My Brother’s Keeper (1980), The Puncture (1983), The Unsolved Riddle (1984 and 1994), Back to Eternity (1986), Mnajdra (1987, 1995, and 2002), Full Circle (1991), Kannizzati Fishing (1992), Norman Legends in Malta (1993 and 1994), Fatal Hitman (1994), Arlekkinu, (1996), Hal Far Airfield (2015), Secrets of the Stone Age (2016), The Unsolved Mystery (2017), Kannizzati Fishing (2018), The Normans (2019) and The Giant Deep Reds (2020).

The critically-acclaimed winning documentary about ‘The Phoenicians’ which has garnered no less than 28 international awards amongst them the Grand Jury Prize in the IMDB rated New York International Film and Video Festival in 2005, brought to life the Phoenician world as never seen before and deals with who were the Phoenicians, what were they famous for and what was their effect on the Maltese population.

The ‘Tal Qadi stone’ another documentary directed by Maurice Micallef investigates the interpretation of this unique fan-shaped stone which was found in the limits of Burmarrad near the Tal Qadi temple. This documentary won 20 international awards in film and video festivals around the world amongst which was the Jury Award in the Mountain Film Festival in 2013 held in USA.

The documentary ‘Hal Far Airfield’ was awarded Best of Show in the Best Shorts Competion held in USA in 2014. This documentary traces the history of Hal Far Airfield. According to the competition’s website ( the film is impeccably researched and includes extensive original war time footage combined with re-enactments of Maltese Army Regiments and the British Royal Air Force. Reference is made to this carefully crafted, informative documentary which was created by master filmmakers Chris and Maurice Micallef. It deserves a wide audience according to the publicity provided by the competition organizers. Best short awardees have won Oscars and Emmys in this festival. In this same competition in 2013, the Best of Show animated film Mr. Hublot had won an Oscar for animated short film.

The documentary ‘The Unsolved Mystery’ about the Maltese cart-ruts has managed to win no less than 30 international Awards in various film and video festivals. In the IMDb rated Impact Docs Awards Festival 2017, the documentary was awarded for history, research, documentary feature and direction. In this same festival the documentary ‘The Man who saved the world’ by Peter Anthony won best of show. The documentary also had appearances by Robert De Niro, Matt Damon, Ashton Kutcher, Walter Cronkite and Kevin Costner in one of the documentaries presented for this competition.
Maurice is also a multiple-award winner with different documentaries in the WorldFest-Houston, the third longest-running International Film Festival in North America, and the Oldest Independent Film Festival in the world. WorldFest’s mission is to recognize and honor outstanding creative excellence in film & video, validate brilliant abilities and promote future filmmaking in Texas as well as enhance cultural tourism for Houston and environment. Past Worldfest winners include Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ang Lee, John Lee Hancock, Randal Kleiser and the Coen Brothers.
The Kannizzati Fishing documentary won 41 international awards in various film and video festivals around the world, amongst which include IMDb rated competitions in Hollywood.

Today Maurice is retired. Throughout his filming career Maurice managed to win 397 awards in international film and video festivals on four continents. Between 1954 and 1959 he worked at Saint Luke’s Hospital as a radiographer and later at the bacteriological laboratory. Later in 1964 he was technical officer at the Malta College of Arts Science and Technology at Msida. Maurice Micallef M.O.M. was appointed as Member of the National Order of Merit during the 2014 Gieh ir-Repubblika for his continuous drive in promoting Maltese cultural heritage through his documentaries.

Director's Statement

Our mission at CMM is to promote Maltese heritage and culture abroad through our documentaries.

1 Reviews
  • An impressive journey in the form of Documentary, for the most famous city of the world named Rome. Best wishes.

    13 Apr, 2020

    Marcello Villiagram
    Response from Project Creater:

    Thank you Marcello. Much appreciated.

    13 Apr, 2020
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