Cinema Italia UK presents If Only I Were That Warrior (72 minutes) and Negotiating Amnesia (29 minutes), followed by Q&A with directors Valerio Ciriaci and Alessandra Ferrini.
If Only I Were That Warrior is a feature documentary film focusing on
the Italian occupation of Ethiopia in 1935. Following the recent
construction of a monument dedicated to Fascist general Rodolfo
Graziani, the film addresses the unpunished war crimes he and others
committed in the name of Mussolini’s imperial ambitions.
The stories of three characters, filmed in present day Ethiopia, Italy
and the United States, take the audience on a journey through the living
memories and the tangible remains of the Italian occupation of Ethiopia
— a journey that crosses generations and continents to today, where
this often overlooked legacy still ties the fates of two nations and
Negotiating Amnesia is an essay film posing a meditation on a
semi-forgotten chapter of twentieth century Italian history: its
colonial past and, in particular, the Ethiopian War of 1935-36. This
period is chosen because of its connections with fascism and its
imperial project. Through interviews, archival images and the analysis
of high-school textbooks, the film shifts through an array of different
historical and personal narratives. In so doing it aims at revealing the
amnesic politics that accompany this historical period, while exposing
public and personal strategies of remembering and forgetting.
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