Voices and Faces of a Post-Colonial Heritage, Cardiff

On 27 February 2016 the Italian Cultural Centre Wales (ICCW), in partnership with Transnationalizing Modern Languages and Watch Africa, held a one-day event in Cardiff on the history of Italian colonialism in the Horn of Africa and transnational mobilities from this region to/from Italy. The event, aptly called Voices and Faces of a Post-Colonial Heritage, was organised around the screening of the new Italian docufilm Asmarina (Alan Maglio e Medhin Paolos, 2015) with the support of AISCLI, l’Università degli Studi di Milano, il Centro di Studi Postcoloniali e di Genere at the University Orientale in Naples, Docucity and Dizioni Diasporiche. As Caterina Bertelli and Luca Paci from ICCW explained, this event is part of a larger project called ‘Mediterranean Re-mapped’ started during the Italian Film Festival, Cardiff with the screening of Io sto con la sposa (Del Grande, Augugliaro, Al Nassiry 2014) and born from the urge to show a different image of the Mediterranean from that available in the media today. The project also aims somehow to shrug the veil of collective blindness that permits a tacit acquiescence to the thousands who drown while crossing the Mediterranean. Understanding the reasons behind our callous blindness involves exploring both our identity as Italians, a product of many different cultures mostly originating from across the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, and our personal and national (hi)stories and heritage in an effort to redress the ongoing silence and cultural amnesia revolving around Italian colonial history. Continue reading

Voice and Faces of a Post-Colonial Heritage

 The ICCW in partnership with Watch Africa and Transnationalizing Modern Languages presents

 VOICES AND FACES OF A POST-COLONIAL HERITAGE

Part of the ‘Mediterranean Re-mapped’ Project

27 FEBRUARY 2016  from 1 pm to 9 pm

Butetown History and Arts Centre

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Terra Madre & Xmas Do with Slow Food South Wales

Thu 10 Dec 2015, 7 pm

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During this event we will be showing parts of Ermanno Olmi’s documentary on Terra Madre, a global organization born in Italy in 2005 by Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini. Terra Madre brings together small farmers and projects promoting sustainability and fair trade against the commodification of food and natural resources.

This event will also be the occasion for us to launch our next project on bees, I love you, Honey and to exchange season’s greetings with a buffet provided by Casanova restaurant. The menu @£15 (£12 for members) includes:

Torta di patate e fagiolini (gluten free, vegetarian)
Focaccia e olive marinate
Pecorino e miele
Italian sausage roll
Maiale tonnato (gluten free)
Cicoria con vinaigrette di miele e mostarda
Frittelle di polenta e cavolo nero (gluten free, vegetarian)
Panettone bread and butter pudding
Torta caprese (gluten free)
Members – Non-members


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Più buio di Mezzanotte

a Sebastiano, Mick, Mariamreview by Mariam Kamish of the film that had its UK premiere in Cardiff  at a joint screening by the Italian Cultural Centre Wales and the Iris Festival Prize

In other hands, Più buio di Mezzanotte (Darker than Midnight) might have been hard to watch. But director Sebastiano Riso makes the story of Davide, a transsexual fourteen year old fleeing home for life on the streets, a film of luminous beauty.

A desaturated palette – one step from black and white – defends his young cast from any taint of the garish or tawdry: even their bruises take on a sombre dignity. So sensitive is Sebastiano Riso’s direction that, though Davide’s friends are turning cheap tricks, we never feel repulsed – or distanced by pity. With a great and understated art, Riso makes it possible for us to meet the characters only on a plane of shared humanity and solidarity. He leaves no room for “us and them”.

Davide runs eagerly towards life and there are many moments in the film of untrammelled pleasure. The cheerful intelligence of his friend Ettore, the warmth of his mother and the humour and banter of the streets all lift the film into the light.

There is poetry in Sebastiano Riso’s vision, but he is far too honest to romanticise his subject. A lesser director might have painted Davide as an innocent beseiged, but Davide has something better than innocence. He has strength.

Early in the film, he follows a group of gay teenagers to a porn theatre. When a man tries to touch him, he knees him in the balls. Later on, a pimp – moved by Davide’s beauty – sings “Every man kills the thing he loves” and we think that Davide, now hungry and alone, is about to fall into a life of prostitution. He walks away. Whatever the cost, he always chooses freedom.

Riso’s story telling is lean and muscular, often driving the plot forward through the facial expressions of his gifted cast. He spurns the temptation to hint that his protagonist’s beautiful singing voice will be his salvation, but in the final seconds of the film Davide stakes his claim to life in a manner that will long echo in the viewer’s mind.

Sebastiano Riso is a fearless talent of the rarest sensibility. He is a very fine artist.

Italian Film Festival Cardiff (IFFC)

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The first ever Italian Film Festival Cardiff (IFFC) will take place on 16 and 17 of October 2015 in Cardiff and Penarth. The aim of the festival is to give a dynamic and diverse portrait of Italy, its contemporary society and its contradictions. The list of films reflects this choice.

The celebrated LGBT Iris Prize Film Festival (7 – 11 October) will kick-start the IFFC with the film Darker than Midnight by Sebastiano Riso, a story dealing with  the controversial issue of  gender  in contemporary Italy.

How to explain Italy to a child is the theme of the award winning It Will Be a Country. We move through the beauty of poetry (Leopardi) and the crude reality of disillusion (Le cose belle), to the heartrending account of migration (On the Bride’s Side).  There is also space for comedy on the most loved national sport in Italy (The Referee).

Chapter Arts Cardiff and Penarth Pavilion will host the core of the festival.

ITALIAN CULTURAL CENTRE WALES LAUNCHES IN CARDIFF

 

27.05.2015

Press Release

ITALIAN CULTURAL CENTRE WALES LAUNCHES IN CARDIFF

The Italian Cultural Centre Wales was launched on Friday 22 May 2015 at an event held at Butetown Arts & History Centre in Cardiff.

At the event attended by representatives from a number of arts organisations in Wales, Directors Dr Luisa Pèrcopo and Dr Luca Paci outlined their vision for the Centre as a lively connecting hub and resource centre for Italians in Wales and everyone interested in Italian culture.

The evening included performances by the Italian poet and translator Cristina Viti and by Baritone Richard Parry, who sang Italian and Welsh arias accompanied by pianist Chris Glynn. A documentary on Italians living in Wales directed by Paolo Viel was also shown. Refreshments were provided by Calabrisella, and sponsored by Orangebox and Vinitalia.

The Centre is run by a team of enthusiastic Italians based in Wales from a variety of different backgrounds and regions in Italy including video editor/VFX generalist Paolo Viel, and Italian tutor Caterina Bertelli.

Luisa Pèrcopo and Luca Paci said: “Our purpose is to discover and create new connections between Italy, Wales and the rest of Europe and to reinforce existing ones, particularly those born from the well-established Italian-Welsh communities who have played an important role in contributing to and shaping present day Wales.”

The centre will host regular cultural events such as book launches, poetry reading, a film and a book club, food tastings and concerts. The next event will be held at Butetown History and Arts Centre on 2nd June (Republic Day in Italy). The event called #GranaJazz will feature a live performance by Gyazzoband (an Italian Jazz band based in Caerphilly) and wine and Grana cheese will be available for tasting.

The event also officially launched the first Italian Film Festival in Cardiff, which will take place in October 2015.

There are also plans to run an educational programme for children and adults learning and maintaining Italian as a second or first language in partnership with The Italian Job.

Follow ICCW at @IccwHere and www.facebook.com/ItalianCulturalCentreWales

For images and further information contact mail.iccw@gmail.com

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