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“Fire at Sea”: the italian take on the refugee crisis

“Fire at Sea” (Fuocoammare) by Gianfranco Rosi is the italian film chosen to compete for Best Foreign Language film at the Academy Awards: it’s a brave choice taken by a selected few at the Italian National Film Industry Commission (ANICA). Easier stories could have been picked from the shortlisted ones, but the elitist group of people representing the various branches of the industry decided to stick their necks out for a cause. The cause is a humanitarian and historical one: “Fire at Sea” tells the true story of unimaginable journeys to escape foreign bombs and survive thirst, now, in our highly-civilized, super-progressive and hyper-connected 2016. The choice has received large support by the italian public opinion (#fuocoammare), Italian PM Matteo Renzi was proud and national television screened it on October 3rd: Italy being represented by Fuocoammare for the Oscar competition is a choice seen like a patriotic support to what italian nationals are doing to save lives in the tiny mediterranean island of Lampedusa in Sicily. In fact Italy is the only country to have a National Day to Remember the Victims of Migrations and rise consciousness on Hospitality, and it’s October …

Global Bollywood

Song and dance travel along with Bollywood films, already famous for their romance based narratives. In an interesting book edited by Sangita Gopal and Sujata Moorti, the authors point out how music and body movement have been able to circulate, and readapt. Hindi films have a musical dimension able to trigger creative remakes of the Indian film tradition. In an interesting way, in the popular Italian tv series, ‘Tutti Pazzi per Amore’, the main characters, when took over by dreams or thoughts, see themselves singing their favourite songs. And in one famous episode the whole Italian cast dressed with colorful sarees performs a group song and dance ‘Say Shava Shava’, where cultural contamination and reinterpretation trigger an energetic performance (watch here). The song, taken from Karan Johar’s film “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…” (“Sometimes happiness, sometimes sadness..”), and indeed the dance, reconcile a couple in a key love story. As professor  Philip Lutgendorf, of Iowa University puts it in his book review, “technologies of globalization enhance the eclecticism of Bombay soundtracks and lead to their sampling …