Our next Book Club event will be on Saturday 1 October from 6-8pm at Octavo’s Bookshop in West Bute Street, CF10 5LJ. Celebrated writer Fabio Geda will be joining us from Italy to discuss his acclaimed book In the Sea there are Crocodiles. This event is in English and Italian. Tickets are £3 for members and £5 non members (includes discount on signed copy).
In early 2002, Enaiatollah Akbari’s village fell prey to the Taliban. His mother, fearing for his life, led him across the border. So began Enaiat’s remarkable five-year ordeal—trekking across bitterly cold mountains, riding the suffocating false bottom of a truck, steering an inflatable raft in violent waters—through Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, and Greece, before he eventually sought political asylum in Italy, all before he turned fifteen years old.
In the Sea There Are Crocodiles Fabio Geda delivers the moving true story of Enaiat’s extraordinary will to survive and of the accidental brotherhood he found with the boys he met along the way. Geda brilliantly captures Enaiat’s engaging voice and humor, in what is a truly epic story of hope and survival, for readers of all ages.
Fabio Geda is an Italian writer who formerly worked with children in difficulties. He writes for several Italian magazines and newspapers, and teaches creative writing in the most famous Italian school of storytelling, the Scuola Holden in Turin. Since the international success of his best selling novel In the Sea There Are Crocodiles, Fabio devotes most of his time to writing and attending literary festivals around the world. In the Sea There Are Crocodiles is his first book to be translated into English and won the 2013 Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation.
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We are pleased to announce that the ICCW Language Maintenance Courses will resume on Saturday 24 September.
Our first lesson will be held at Cardiff Central Library from 10 to 11 am to celebrate European Day of Languages with our friends of Europe direct.
Our second lesson will be at Chapter Arts Centre on Saturday 1 October from 10-11 am and author Fabio Geda will be joining us and reading from his amazing book In the Sea there are Crocodiles.
Last but not least, on Saturday 22 October we will celebrate Italian Language World Week at our Language Maintenance class. This class is open to all and will be centred on our current topic ‘Viaggio in Italia’. The class will be followed by meeting with all parents interested to hear about the importance of Language Maintenance and the philosophy behind it. Continue reading
Our bookclub continues with Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno by Italo Calvino. We will meet the 29th June at Calabrisella’s at 8.30. Mixed language abilities welcome. This event is free but seats are limited so book in advance to avoid disappointment.
On 2 June in partnership with Cardiff University and Transnationalizing Modern Languages we will screen In My Mother’s House by Ákos Östör and Lina Fruzzetti a new documentary in Italian, Tigrinya and English (with English subtitles) on the many sides of multiple identities, familial bonds, and ambiguities of colonialism, stretching from the Horn of Africa to Italy and the USA. Book free ticket here
Ákos Östör and Lina Fruzzetti are university-based filmmaker-ethnographers (Brown and Wesleyan in the USA). They authored numerous distinguished films and publications. They collaborate closely with participants in their films and often with other filmmakers. Their films are visually interpretive, respecting the integrity of the culture and the locality. They use narration or not, subtitles, voice over, and inter-titles, or no words at all, just as a particular film demands it. This is their first, deeply personal film.
Their previous films in India and Tanzania concern individual lives in small communities, in contexts ranging from sacred rituals and festivals in a town, to women scroll painters and singers in village West Bengal; from fish markets in Dar es Salaam, to a cooperative of disabled people in Zanzibar.
All were shown at festival around the world and won numerous awards.
Their written work is independent yet related to the films. They also participated in creating museum exhibitions and catalogues (Helsinki, Lisbon, Geneva) as well as websites around their work.
Our bookclub continues with Leonardo Sciascia’s masterpiece Il giorno della civetta on 31 May at Calabrisella’s at 8.30. Mixed language abilities welcome. This event is free but seats are limited so book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Our bookclub continues on Wednesday 20th April Calabrisella Cardiff 8.30 pm with Novecento by Alessandro Baricco. Come and join us!
The bookclub will be followed by the screening of The Legend of 1900 by Giuseppe Tornatore Sunday 24 April at 7:30 @CafeJazz, 21 St. Mary Street, Cardiff.
The Italian Book Club: mixed abilities welcomed. Our second book is La strada che va in città by Natalia Ginsburg, Wednesday 15 March at Calabrisella, Cowbridge Road, Cardiff. Come along!!
a review 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 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.
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