Poet and translator Cristina Viti will read from her translation of Elsa Morante’s The World Saved by Kids.
First published in Italian in 1968, The World Saved by Kids was written in the aftermath of deep personal change and in the context of what Elsa Morante called the “great youth movement exploding against the funereal machinations of the organized contemporary world.”
Morante believed that it was only the youth who could truly hear her revolutionary call. With the fiftieth anniversary of the tumultuous events of 1968 approaching, there couldn’t be a more timely moment for this first English translation of Morante’s work to appear.
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 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.