Anita Rivaroli
We are the thousand
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We are the thousand

We are the thousand

Anita Rivaroli

78 min.
Subtitles: Catalan and Spanish

Fan of rock music, Fabio wants to convince the Foo Fighters to perform in his little village in Italy. To do that, he created the biggest rock band on Earth.


Anita Rivaroli
Executive Production
Francesca Portalupi
Antonio Giannantonio
DocsBarcelona Distribution
Rockin’1000, New Lanark Film & Music
Original title
We are the thousand
Original Music
Giorgio Giampà
Simone Catania
Roberto Di Tanna
Creative Producer
Michele Fornasero
Pasquale Remia

Together impossible goals can be reached. Like playing a song as a tribute to your favorite rock band after putting together 1.000 musicians playing perfectly in synch. It’s what Rockin’1000 achieved, a group of Italian friends who quickly became a global community bringing together musicians from all around the world.

In 2015, Fabio, a marine biologist with a huge passion for rock music, convinced 1.000 musicians from all over Italy gathering in Cesena to play “Learn to Fly”, the famous Foo Fighters' hit. His aim was to convince Dave Grohl, the leader of the band, to come and play in his town. A video clip of the performance together with Fabio’s speech was published on YouTube and it was viewed more than 50 million times. Soon afterwards Dave Grohl got the message and he decided to make the dream of the thousand comes true by bringing Foo Fighters to play in the village of Cesena. That was the beginning of an incredible adventure that created the hugest community of rock music lovers ever. Over nineteen thousand musicians, amateurs and pros from every age group and social background, united by one passion: rock and roll. Thanks to this experience, a proper rock band was founded named Rockin’1000. It fills up Stadiums all over the world playing rock.

We Are The Thousand is the story of Fabio, who created the hugest rock band on Earth. But it is also the story of how the idea of virtuous community can positively influence every single member, encouraging them to pursue their dreams while giving everyone the best they have to offer.

We Are The Thousand tells the unique story that changed the lives of many people. Forever.

About the direction
Anita Rivaroli

Anita Rivaroli


Anita Rivaroli is born in Cesena and graduates at ‘Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia’, Italy as...

Awards and festivals

Netherlands, 2020
Rome City Film Fest
Italy, 2020
SXSW - Audience Award
U.S.A, 2021
JECHEON International music & Film Festival – World Music Film Today Award
South Korea, 2021
Film Critics Award for best documentary - - St. Louis International Film Festival
U.S.A, 2021
Anita Rivaroli
We are the thousand
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We Are the Thousand will make you feel good with its message of unity. It shows that diverse people can honor the things they have in common, rather than focusing on their differences.

— Mike McGranaghan · Aisle Seat

We Are the Thousand gives us an incredible documentary full of joy, spirit and human greatness.

— Tuesday Mahrle · Whiskey and Popcorn

It's a charming, innocent story about just how far a group of musicians will go to make their dream come true.

— Alex Hudson · Exclaim!
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