Northwestern University

Apr
13
Wed 5:30 PM

Block Cinema Migration Film Series: "Mediterranea"

Mediterranea

When: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM  

Where: Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: John Paluch   847.491.8081

Group: Forum for Languages and Cultures (Buffett Institute)

Co-Sponsor(s):
Department of French and Italian
Center for Forced Migration Studies (CFMS)

Category: Academic

Description:

Mediterranea

Introduction by Thomas Simpson (Department of French & Italian)

(Jonas Carpignano, 2015, Italy/France/USA/Germany/Qatar, DCP, 107 min.)
Jonas Carpignano’s striking feature-film début follows two friends from Burkina Faso who cross the Sahara, and then the Mediterranean, in search of opportunity and a better life in Italy. Ayiva and Abas soon discover that things will not be easy in their new home: poor living conditions, exploitative work, and prejudice towards immigrants are the rule. Carpignano’s handheld camerawork and close framing capture the confusion the men experience in this strange land. Mediterranea is a stark look at the gulf between hope and reality. Many of the scenes are adapted from experiences of real-life immigrant Koudous Seihon, who gives a standout performance as Ayiva.

5:30 p.m.: Reception

6:00 p.m.: Film Screening

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