Film

Film Series: Italian Colonial Cinema

The Italian Fascist leader Benito Mussolini aimed to establish an Italian empire in Africa. In 1935, Mussolini provoked a political dispute with Abyssinian (modern Ethiopian) Emperor, Haile Selassie, as justification for a military invasion. While there was international outrage, there was no military action taken against Mussolini. After World War II, the Treaty of Peace with Italy (1947) ended all of Italy’s overseas possessions, and yet there remain some relations between Italy and its former colonies.

This film series looks back to filmmakers contemporary with Mussolini, as well as more recent cinematic works examining Italy’s entanglement in Africa.


Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 7 PM
Appunti per un’Orestiade Africana
(Notes Towards an African Orestes)
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
1970, B&W, 65 minutes

Tuesday, 7 April 2020, 7 PM
Come un uomo sulla terra
(Like a Man on Earth)
Directed by Andrea Segre, Dagmawi
Yimer and Riccardo Biadene
2008, colour, 60 minutes

Tuesday, 14 April 2020, 7 PM
Soltanto il mare
(Only the Sea)
Directed by Dagmawi Yimer,
Fabrizio Barraco and Giulio Cederna
2010, colour, 50 minutes

Tuesday, 21 April 2020, 7 PM
Sud Side Stori
(South Side Story)
Directed by Roberta Torre
2000, colour, 87 minutes