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Fremantle to chart the life story of Italian icon Raffaella Carrà with documentary

Raffaella Carrà in Canzonissima

Fremantle has secured the exclusive global option rights to create a documentary looking at the life and impact of Italian cultural icon Raffaella Carrà.

The documentary will chart the life story of one of Italy’s most inspirational women, who died earlier this year aged 78.

Born in Bologna in 1943, Carrà rose from very humble beginnings to become a superstar of Italian television across seven decades and a symbol of liberation and women’s rights.

Carrà made an early impression when she became the first Italian woman to reveal her belly button on TV, during the opening song of Canzonissima, a primetime show on pubcaster Rai’s main channel, in 1970. The act caused huge controversy and debate in Italian society.

Her popularity increased in Spain and across Europe and Latin America as her reputation as a recording artist continued to grow. Also a presenter and model, Carrà went on to become a strong supporter and icon of the LGBTQ+ community, being recognised at the 2017 World Pride Madrid.

The documentary project has been spearheaded at Fremantle by Andrea Scrosati, Gabriele Immirzi, Nathalie García, Mandy Chang and Alessandro De Rita, with support from Fernando Jerez in Spain. The production and distribution giant agreed the deal for the doc with Carrà’s official rights owners.

It comes as Fremantle continues to grow its documentary slate with a focus on meaningful and culturally relevant titles. These include the Planet Sex documentary series exploring human sexuality, hosted and co-created by Cara Delevingne, and the cinematic climate research documentary Arctic Drift.

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