Asmarina: a film screening

Alan Maglio & Medhin Paolos

03 Nov 2016
The Artists:
Alan Maglio is a photographer-director, has represented his works in different exhibitions and festivals in Italy and abroad. His style is a mix between portraiture, street photography and documentary and often tackles different topics related to cultural identities. He lives and works in Milan. Asmarina is his second film after "Milano Centrale - Stories from the Train Station”.
Medhin Paolos is a photographer, electronic musician and an activist. Her career path has taken her from an international experience with Fiamma Fumana to her current work within "Rete G2”, National organization for citizenship rights. Asmarina  is her debut film as a director.
Film Screening of Asmarina:
Alan Maglio and Medhin Paolos present their documentary Asmarina, based within the habesha community of Milan. 
The Eritrean/Ethiopian community has been present in Italy for at least half a century and it has been actively integrated into the social and cultural life of the city. Starting from the collective memories of the community, on the ground of photo documents, the film gathers together the legacy of personal stories, exploring the different shades of identity, migration and the aspirations of the people. 
The result of our research is a collective tale which brings to light a postcolonial heritage that has been little scrutinized up to now: the everyday life stories of those who have lived in the city for years, those who were born in Italy and the daycare of the refugees who have just arrived. The filmmakers approach this reality empathically and get involved in it, patiently trying to create a relationship with the protagonists. 
The research and the filming of Asmarina lasted one year and a half and are based on direct witness accounts and the survey of audiovisual material taken from personal and institutional archives.
Thursday, 03 November 2016
69 min.
Curzon Cinema Goldsmiths
Richard Hoggart Building
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross, London, SE14 6NW
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