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March 27th, 2014, Va’ Pensiero Walking Stories at NYU


Thursday, March 27th, 2014, at 6.30 PM, New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs, Department of Film and Television Cinema Studies and Africana Studies Program present a screening of “Va’ pensiero, Walking Stories” and a talk with director Dagmawi Yimer. Va’ pensiero, Walking Stories is an interwoven account of two racist attacks in Milan and Florence and the victims’ painful attempts to piece the fragments of their lives back together. New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs, the Department of Film and Television, Cinema Studies and the Africana Studies Program have partnered to devote a year-long exploration of the new directions in African cinema...

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Steve Scherer, Reuters, December 22, 2013

Seven years ago, Dagmawi Yimer was “between life and death” when Italian navy officers rescued him and 30 others from a skiff in heavy seas between Libya and the island of Lampedusa. Today, Yimer directs documentary films about immigrants like himself from the home in the northern city of Verona he shares with his Italian partner and their two-year-old daughter. He is part of the fast-growing immigrant population that is changing the face of Italy, just as it has transformed the populations of more northern European countries such as Britain, France or Germany.
He is also one of many foreigners who are trying – through cultural initiatives such as films and books – to change the racist views of many Italians of the immigrants in their midst.
Contrary to popular perceptions, immigra...

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