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Migrant Borders

Granma | Ibi – Fuori concorso

A still from the film Granma


A still from the film Ibi


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Migrants and migrations are certainly not new themes in Italian cinema, but often writers and stories seem to return to deal with the drama of the escape, the scourge of non-acceptance and xenophobia, with all eyes still upon the earliest diagnoses of the problem, in spite of the best intentions it's a debate incapable of making progress, stranded between prejudice and naivety reinforced by false news and calculating propaganda. Ibi by Andrea Segre (with images of Ibitocho Sehounbiatou) and Granma by Daniele Gaglianone and Alfie Nze in this sense take a sigh and an important step forward. Gagliano and Nze abandon the habitual and easy European point of view to trace the migratory route and go to look for Nigerian faces and colors, starting from an individual of Gianni Amelio, the origin of one of the many stories which ended tragically in the Mediterranean. Segre, to enable "giving identity" in his film to photographs and filming carried out by his extraordinary main character, not only celebrates an exemplary story of love and struggle, but allows the self-representation of a foreign community, namely the African one in Campania, the boundaries that racism and politics raise around them, to demonstrate who today in Italy is still capable of imagining rights and a future for themselves and for a society that insists on ignoring it.

Sergio Fant

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