Like a Man on Earth

Italien 2008 – 60 Minuten – italienisch mit englischen Untertiteln
Regie: Andrea Segre, Dagmawi Yimer in Zusammenarbeit mit Riccardo Biadene

Sonntag, 22. März 18.00 Uhr Babylonia

Giving voice to the Ethiopian refugees living in Rome, the film provides a direct insight into the brutal ways in which Libya, aided also by Italian and European funds, is operating to control the immigration movements of people from Africa. Dag used to study Law in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Prompted by the strong political repression he had to face in Ethiopia, he decides to leave the country. In the winter of 2005 he embarks on a tough land journey, crossing the desert between Sudan and Libya. On his arrival in Libya, he is soon caught in a web of violence and criminal activities run by the racket group controlling the routes through the Mediterranean Sea. He then goes from bad to worse, ending up in the hands of the Libyan police, responsible for a series of arrests and mass deportations. Dag eventually manages to cross the sea and reaches the Italian coastline. He then arrives in Rome, where he starts attending an informal Italian school run by Asinitas Onlus, a first access point for African immigrants coordinated by Marco Carsetti and other volunteers. Here he attends an Italian language course and is given the opportunity to learn basic film-making techniques. This experience inspires him to collect the testimonies of his fellow countrymen who shared the same traumatic experiences, and breaks the silence on the fate awaiting African migrants.

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