The international project TRAFIG shed light on the protracted vulnerability of migrants in Asia (Pakistan and Jordan), Africa (Tanzania, Ethiopia and Congo) and Europe (Greece, Italy and Germany), addressing its causes and consequences and proposing solutions. As transnational networks for connecting and supporting refugees were reconstructed, it became clear how these could affect their daily life and their future mobility. As part of the project, two documentaries were produced: one filmed amongst Italian migrants “IS MY PLACE HERE? LIVING AS REFUGEES IN ITALY” and the other amongst Greek migrants “CRAFTING FUTURES”. They will be premiered in the presence of the researchers, the film-directors and some of the protagonists.
IS MY PLACE HERE? LIVING AS REFUGEES IN ITALY
byAndrea Fantino, Italy, 2021, 87′
6 characters, 3 locations, one country: Italy. From North to South, from Cuneo to Castel Volturno, passing through Rome, “Is my place here?” collects the testimonies of refugees from sub-Saharan Africa that share their life path, conditioned by the precariousness of the Italian and European reception system.
“Luck” and “will” – cornerstones within which to move one’s steps, according to one of the documentary’s protagonists – seem to dissolve in a time made of mobility and constraints, where institutions often do not help and inclusion in a new society is often in the care of individuals able to make a difference, or in the possibility of becoming political subjects in all respects, giving rise to a fight to conquer their spaces and their rights.
The documentary is linked to the international research project Trafig, promoted by Fieri, and along with the documentary maker, it has seen researchers Pietro Cingolani, Milena Belloni and Giuseppe Grimaldi at work.
by Michalis Kastanidis & Io Chaviara, Grecia, 2021, 28’
For some time now, Greece has been a passage for people seeking security and better life prospects in Europe. In recent years it has become a necessary stopover. Having experienced multiple losses and passed through long and difficult journeys, many may see their displacement getting protracted, as they are faced with border and migration regimes. Yet their lives and deeds are not only marked by immobility, passivity and victimhood, but also daily struggle, learning and creativity, intimate encounters and connections with places, institutions and people. The documentary narrates fragments of the everyday life of persons who have lately found themselves displaced in different parts of Greece. Their stories together articulate a polyphonic stapling of such encounters and connections built around common spaces and joint activities. Of course, there exist numerous others.
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Live in theatre: Thursday, November 18th, 9pm, Cecchi Point
Screening of the documentary IS MY PLACE HERE? LIVING AS REFUGEES IN ITALY
Introduction and comments by: Ferruccio Pastore (FIERI Director), Pietro Cingolani (University of Bologna and FIERI), Andrea Fantino (documentary film director). There will be some protagonists of the documentary.