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UCL Mellon Programme: Interdisciplinary Seminar 2008-2009

Seminar: 23 March 2009 (Chair: Dr Federica Mazzara, more ... )

Italian Cinema of Migration

A screening and discussion of:

L’orchestra di Piazza Vittorio (English sub-titles)
(dir. Agostino Ferrente, 2006)


The orchestra of the title begins as a pipe dream for Mario Tranco, keyboard-player with Italian group Avion Travel, and documentarian Agostino Ferrente. They live in the Piazza Vittorio district of Rome – a working-class area that is also home to a huge ethnic mix of migrants. With the aim of saving the area’s Apollo Theatre – due to be turned into a bingo hall – they set up the Apollo 11 committee. Their secondary mission? To gather together musicians from across the globe to found a fusion orchestra that will become the focal point of the new multi-ethnic community hub. Needless to say, ambition is one thing and achieving it very much another.

Reading :

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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