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UCL Mellon Programme: Interdisciplinary Seminar 2008-2009

Seminar: 2 March 2009 (Chair: Dr Federica Mazzara, more ... )

Italian Cinema of Migration

A screening and discussion of:

Saimir (English sub-titles)
(dir. Francesco Munzi, 2005)


Edmond and Saimir are father and son immigrants recently arrived in Italy from Albania. To support himself and fifteen-year-old Saimir, Edmond continues to use the one trade he is familiar with - illegal trafficking of immigrants from Eastern Europe. Saimir finds it difficult to relate to his Italian peers, while the girl he is in love with seems almost afraid of him. When he discovers his father has become involved in an underage prostitution racket, Saimir reacts violently and sets out on a voyage of personal redemption.

Suggested Reading

Duncan D., “ The Sight and Sound of Albanian migration in contemporary Italian cinema”, Cardiff University New Readings, Volume 8: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/euros/subsites/newreadings/volume8/index.html

Nicola Mai, “The cultural construction of Italy in Albania and vice versa: migration dynamics, strategies of resistance and politics of mutual self-definition across colonialism and post-colonialism”, Modern Italy, 9 (1) (2003), 77-94.

Nicola Mai, “The Albanian Diaspora in the Making: media, transnational identities and migration”, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 31(2005) special issue.

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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