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UCL Mellon Programme: Interdisciplinary Seminar 2008-2009

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

Italian Cinema of Migration

A screening and discussion of:

Io l’altro (English sub-titles)
(dir. Mohsen Melliti, 2007)


Two men, an Italian named Giuseppe and a Moroccan exile named Yousef, work on a fishing boat together in Italian waters. They have done so for years – they bought the boat together – and are like brothers. But when an act of terror is committed by someone with exactly the same name as the Moroccan character, the relationship deteriorates. The post 9/11 notion of the Muslim suspect, begins to consume both the shortwave radio-waves in the area and the two men's friendship, bringing devastating results.


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.

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.

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


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