The type of questions is the open-ended informal interview, customized according to the type of film, while to the producer, who replied via mail, the questions were determined and standardized in advance as a standardized open-ended interview. Except for the one high budget film, which included producers and co-producers, some of the low budget film directors had the dual function of both director and producer. Regarding those interviewees that have copyright contracts with their distributors, or at the moment are not able to purchase online, I have been allowed to view their films on the condition that they are not shown to anyone else.
Otherness: the bare life, the non-person, the non-place and the host country The result of the Arab revolution in the spring of and the following wars in the Middle-East has been a humanitarian catastrophe with a dramatic increase in the number of refugees and economic migrants coming to Europe. Being incapable of finding a solution, solidarity has decreased among members of the European Union, the Schengen Agreement has been suspended, by reinstating internal border controls in some of the Unions countries5.
Italy is located just a few hundred miles off the coast of North Africa and together with Greece these two countries are the gateway to Europe for many migrants fleeing war and poverty. Migrants cannot choose in which European country they prefer to stay and many try to skirt the system by refusing to be fingerprinted7. The temporary suspension of the rule of law creates a state of exception in which the refugees at the detention centres have no rights. According to this concept it follows that the authorities have no responsibility when migrants perish attempting border crossing.
The bare life consequence for the exclusion and the dehumanisation processes is condemning migrants as passive helpless beings Dines Italy is member of the European Union and engaged in all treaties relative to migration. Every society constructs social policies where ideals of social ordering are performed. The colonial space can be interpreted as a heterotopia where regimes of otherness are organized to create the perfect home society by the practise of inclusion and exclusion.
Postcolonial subjects, migrants outside the European Union, asylum seekers and refuges are nowadays undesirable in the so-called Fortress Europe, which for economic reasons expanded its boundaries but in order to exclude unwanted foreigners is now closing them Ponzanesi The conflict with the others ends as soon as we are able to accept that the other exists Sencindiver He claims that the hybrid in-between initiates a crisis of identification and it invites to a free play of difference through its pluralism, which in the case of migrants the assertion of difference is often expressed through hyphenated identity, in other words hyphen has no ground; it is a non-categorisable in-between Ibid This difference is producing all kinds of epistemological and ontological becomings in a space where anything could be possible.
The transcultural migration is seen as a way of pushing cultural sameness, typically Western nation states into motion, understood as a new radical becoming after the arrival of cultural difference. According to Franz Fanon in his examination of both the relationship between the colonized and the colonizer he argues that the relations imposed by the colonizer made the black man subaltern because of the colour of his skin.
Fanon states that the colonial situation made the colonized feel inferior and the colonizer superior, becoming a specific version of the relationship between Self and Other. Thus for the colonized losing identity will make identification as a natural process of compensation for what it has lost. For Jacques Lacan identification is a process that produces self-recognition and it structures the relation between Self and Other bringing to the surface both similarities and differences that shape each part by the continual identification with each other Ibid For Alessandro Del Lago this is the first step towards dehumanisation of the immigrants turning them into a non-person— A non-person under the conditions of the host country, placed in a non-place in a temporary zone in which all legal determination is suspended; Agamben calls it the state of exception Faleschini The American political scientist and philosopher Seyla Benhabib in her book The claims of culture: Equality and Diversity in the Global Era defines a new and problematic use of culture; she points to the political consequences when the state is drawn into culture wars as different cultural groups demand recognition, protection and support of their culture.
Benhabib sees all cultures as based on the same universal principles; as cultures are human, they are constant creations, recreations and negotiations of imaginary boundaries between we and the others. Applying this toolkit of otherness and post-colonial theories to Italian migrant cinema I will analyze how the selected films reflect the new identity perspectives and the subject position.
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Despite a group of Italian migrant cinema filmmakers that try to provide alternatives to the discriminating and sensationalistic media cover, typically depicting the migrants as illegal, criminal and terrorist, some critics have pointed out that Italian filmmakers risk ending with the negative effect of victimization. In fact, immigrants in their films are often not treated as subjects but as passive isolated objects, e. In other words, they are both dealing with migration and post- colonisation while representing migrants from Albany, North Africa or the Middle-East as incompatible categories with the national identity, understood by Italians as white and Catholic Ponzanesi As Alessandro Jedlowski mentioned, a number of critics have underlined how Italian migrant cinema in the past few years is conditioned by the removal of the colonial past from the Italian collective memory.
According to Alessandro Triulzi, the growing number of migrants in Italy is challenging the silence surrounding the collective amnesia, even if the topic is still avoided in Italian migrant cinema. By the way, Mazzara criticizes them for still having a paternalistic and exotic gaze and for not allowing the immigrant characters to be the narrator and for appearing as the object of observation, the narrated Ibid She argues that younger native directors as Matteo Garrone Terra di mezzo ; Ospiti , Francesco Munzi Saimir and Vincenzo Marra Tornando a casa try to avoid the stereotypes using both the narrative strategies and the means.
Their films are often low budget, self-funded, they use non-professional actors and address a culturally and socially active audience Ibid There are three types of accented filmmakers: exiled, diasporic and ethnic. The exiled filmmakers are prohibited from returning to their home country due to restrictions in the totalitarian countries. In the West they have political freedom to speak, but they are competing hard for attention in the cacophony of voices in the market and risk that no one is hearing them Naficy They have an ambivalent relationship with their previous and current places and cultures, and in their films they project an intense desire of returning to their country and usually represent their homelands and people positively.
The filmmakers referred to diasporic have been dispersed after e.
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The term today has been taken over by other displaced people as e. African Americans. People in diaspora maintain a sense of ethnic consciousness, but they entail a multifaceted relationship that includes the homeland and all other communities sharing the same vicissitudes, resulting in plurality, multiplicity and hybridity and reflected in their films being more accented compare to the exiled filmmakers Ibid Postcolonial ethnic and identity filmmakers are both ethnic and diasporic.
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Accented cinema As Naficy defined them, the accented-genre films reflect a double consciousness and identities beyond the national boundaries that make it difficult to reach the mainstream audience. The mode of production is an interstitial collective form of production, characterized by multisource funding and co-production and, for this reason, subverting the traditional dominant production mode.
Accented filmmakers often keep the budget down, usually have non-professional actors performing their own life experience, and both the production and distribution are often independent and use alternative channels as crowed-funding and crowed- distribution. In other words, the accented cinema creates a third-space, new interstitial collaborative mode of production and alternative channels of distribution.
Accented cinema questions identities and is multilingual, therefore addressing a multi-audience. The narrative style is autobiographical and epistolary, using voiceover, letter reading, telephone communication and, more recently e-mail SMS texting and Skype.
The haptic devices such as feeling shown through sense of touch and smell are also present in accented cinema. Mariagiulia Grassilli has criticized that Italian migrant cinema has no policy to offer space for accented filmmakers Grassilli Another filmmaker was the Tunisian Mohsen Melliti; he arrived in Italy in and became an Italian citizen in Furthermore Melliti is one of the directors of The Human Right for All , a non-profit collective film written and directed by different directors and writers.
The idea for plot of the film came when he went to Toulouse and read in a French newspaper about the chase for a Tunisian pilot suspected of being a terrorist. The chase wrongly brought the police to a four-year-old child at a kindergarten. Melliti connected this incident with the risk that all presumed suspects run in a case where a trivial mistake can drastically turn their lives into a nightmare, especially if they are humble people with no opportunity to defend themselves legally.
With his film, Melliti highlights how the media enlarges the fear of the other. The opening scene starts with an identity question. A child Yousef , in his homeland on the Tunisian seashore, finds a pocket mirror on the banks of the sea. The two fishermen are bound by a long friendship; they are equal both as friends and colleagues, and even their first name is the same: Yousef in Arabic is Giuseppe in Italian.
Together they started their own business and Medea, the name of their boat, is written in both languages. Out at sea they are not bound by governments or racial discrimination—they are situated in a temporary non-place. They are aware of it and accept it even if Giuseppe does not always understand it.
Giuseppe is tired of the exploitation by the local mafia, so Youssef proposes that they start a restaurant together in Tunisia.
The suspect has the same name as his friend Yousef. Later, ironically, he discovers from the radio news that the suspected terrorist has been caught. Melliti used the radio as the disturbing media element responsible for sowing doubts between the two friends; the media is able to reach them also on the open sea, and the radio listeners, sharing their fear and racism are creating fractions between cultures and increasing differences.
When exiled filmmaker Melliti recalls his Tunisian homeland through Yousef's flashbacks from childhood he sees his innocence as a child and the reassuring love of his mother. The language spoken in the movie is Italian with some shades of Sicilian dialect and the two protagonists are Italians, but the flashbacks are all in Arabic. The Production: Independent and private funding According to Melliti, at the time a political refugee in Italy, he was not entitled to any funding from the Italian state. You've done it this time, a voice tells Walter. But he closes his ears, or God closes them for him.
He is pulled downstream, on a deep black tide. The next thing he knows, it is almost noon, and he is propped in the doorway of Pegasus the Flying Horse. His sister Kat is coming from the kitchen with a rack of hot pies in her hands. When she sees him she almost drops them. Her mouth opens in astonishment. She bawls for her husband: "Morgan Williams! She thrusts the tray at the girl.
Yes, he says, vigorously nodding, making his nose drop gouts of blood: yes, he indicates himself, as if to say, Walter was here. Kat calls for a basin, for water, for water in a basin, for a cloth, for the devil to rise up, right now, and take away Walter his servant. Out of the yard. It could be an hour ago, it could even be a day, and for all he knows, today might be tomorrow; except that if he had lain there for a day, surely either Walter would have come and killed him, for being in the way, or his wounds would have clotted a bit, and by now he would be hurting all over and almost too stiff to move; from deep experience of Walter's fists and boots, he knows that the second day can be worse than the first.
Don't talk," Kat says. When the basin comes, she stands over him and works away, dabbing at his closed eye, working in small circles round and round at his hairline. Her breathing is ragged and her free hand rests on his shoulder. She swears under her breath, and sometimes she cries, and rubs the back of his neck, whispering, "There, hush, there," as if it were he who were crying, though he isn't. He feels as if he is floating, and she is weighting him to earth; he would like to put his arms around her and his face in her apron, and rest there listening to her heartbeat.
But he doesn't want to mess her up, get blood all down the front of her. When Morgan Williams comes in, he is wearing his good town coat.
He looks Welsh and pugnacious; it's clear he's heard the news. He stands by Kat, staring down, temporarily out of words; till he says, "See! That's what he'd get. From me. No more does he. He backs off. You could cripple the brute in a fair fight. With something in his hand. His nose bleeds again. It's all over her hand; she wipes the blood clots down herself. What a mess, on her apron; he might as well have put his head there after all. Listen, Morgan, shall I tell you about my father?
He'll pick up whatever's to hand. Which is sometimes a bottle, true. I've seen him do it to my mother. Even our little Bet, I've seen him hit her over the head. Also I've not seen him do it, which was worse, and that was because it was me about to be felled. But really, this is just something Morgan says; some men have a habitual sniffle, some women have a headache, and Morgan has this wonder. The boy doesn't listen to him; he thinks, if my father did that to my mother, so long dead, then maybe he killed her?
No, surely he'd have been taken up for it; Putney's lawless, but you don't get away with murder. Kat's what he's got for a mother: crying for him, rubbing the back of his neck.
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He shuts his eyes, to make the left eye equal with the right; he tries to open both. Because it can't see anything. He hears Morgan forming up this theory and would like to speak about the boot, the knot, the knot in the twine, but the effort of moving his mouth seems disproportionate to the reward. By and large he agrees with Morgan's conclusion; he tries to shrug, but it hurts so much, and he feels so crushed and disjointed, that he wonders if his neck is broken. He usually won't start up till after dark, if it's for no cause at all.
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In this reflected version of her own house, she finds a book with looking-glass poetry, "Jabberwocky", whose reversed printing she can read only by holding it up to the mirror. La storia prende il via il 4 novembre esattamente sei mesi dopo il viaggio nel Paese delle Meraviglie. Dapprima trova una sorta di diario che contiene un testo incomprensibile Jabberwocky che potrebbe significare qualcosa ma non riesce a trovare la soluzione al quesito.