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UCL Mellon Programme: Interdisciplinary Seminar 2008-2009

Seminar: 9 February 2009 (Chair: Dr Federica Mazzara, more ... )

Italian Cinema of Migration

A screening and discussion of:

L'albero dei destini sospesi (in Italian without subtitles)
(dir. Rachid Benhadj, 1997)


Saimir is a young Moroccan boy who migrated to Italy for a better life. Maria is a young Italian woman with a complex life. They meet by chance and together they start a journey to the South that becomes the occasion of confrontation between different cultures and universes. They fall in love but their happiness is disrupted by a secret Maria can’t reveal.

Suggested reading

Duncan D., “Come tu mi vuoi': representations of migrant desire in recent Italian cinema”. Italian Studies (Special Issue: Thinking Italian Film), 2008.

Grassilli M., “Migrant Cinema: Transnational and Guerrilla Practices of Film Production and Representation”. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 34, 8 (November 2008) 1237-1255.

Naficy H., “Situating Accented Cinema”, in An Accented Cinema. Exilic and Diasporic Filmmaking (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton UP 2001), pp. 10-36.

Parati G., “Migration Cinema”, in Migration Italy. The Art of Talking Back in a Destination Culture , (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005).

Ponzanesi S., “The Outlandish Cinema”, in Ponzanesi S., Merolla, D., Migrant Cartographies. New Cultural and Literary Spaces in Postcolonial Europe (Lanham: Lexingtonbooks, 2005), pp. 267-280.


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