UPF Urban Encounter Panel Speaker Alan Maglio screens 'Asmarina'
"Asmarina" by Alan Maglio & Medhin Paolos
"Asmarina" is based within the habesha community of Milan. The Eritrean/Ethiopian community has been present in Italy for at least half a century and ithas been actively integrated into the social and cultural life of the city.
Starting from the collective memories of the community, on the ground of photo documents, the film gathers together the legacy of personal stories, exploring the different shades of identity, migration and the aspirations of the people.
The result of our research is a collective tale which brings to light a postcolonialheritage that has been little scrutinized upto now: the everyday life stories of those who have lived in the city for years, those who were born in Italy and the daycare ofthe refugees who have just arrived.
The filmmakers approach this reality empathically and get involved in it, patiently trying to create a relationship with the protagonists. The research and the filming ofAsmarina lasted one year and a half and are based on direct witness accounts and the survey of audiovisual material taken from personal and institutional archives.