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Asmarina: Voices & Images of a Postcolonial Heritage

October 7, 2018 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Screening and Q&A with filmmaker Medhin Paolos

Filmmaker and citizenship rights activist Medhin Paolos will screen her film, Asmarina: Voices and Images of a Postcolonial Heritage (2015), a documentary on the Eritrean and Ethiopian communities in Milan, Italy. In contrast to media narratives that portray African immigration to Italy as a recent phenomenon, Asmarina offers another vision of the African diaspora in Italy, one that demonstrates the long-standing presence of Eritrean and Ethiopian communities, as well as their contributions to the development of Italian postwar national identity. Asmarina is also a study of contemporary Italy, currently dealing with a rise in xenophobic attacks against African migrants, ongoing migrant catastrophes in the Mediterranean, and the struggle of second-generation Italians of African descent to gain full citizenship rights.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Paolos and Dr. S.A. Smythe, Assistant Professor of Black European and Mediterranean Cultural Studies, Department of African American Studies, UCLA.

Co-sponsored by the Dean’s Office, School of Theater, Film and Television; Chair’s Office, Department of Film, Theater and Television; Department of Italian; Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, School of Theater, Film and Television; UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies; Bunche Center for African American Studies; Department of African American Studies; UCLA African Studies Center; Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment; and the Italian Cultural Institute, Los Angeles.


Darren Star Screening Room
CA United States