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Spring 2014

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Lecture by Victor Laruccia

“Valentino Reclaimed: Italian Emigrants From Puglia to Pennsylvania,” a lecture by Victor Laruccia, Ph.D. Executive Director of the San Diego Italian Film Festival.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 4-5pm in AH 2103.

Presented by the Italian program and the Circolo italiano. Sponsored by CAL with IRA funds.



Mediterranean Passages:


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Mediterranean Passages: filming migration and human rights, March 11, 12:30-3:30pm, SDSU, Aztec Student Union Theatre.

The Italian Program, the Department of European Studies and the College of Arts and Letters in collaboration with Alpha Pi Sigma, Student Nutrition Organization and Circolo Italiano have the pleasure to host directors Andrea Segre, Dagmawi Yimer and Stefano Liberti who will present and discuss two of their films about the ongoing humanitarian crisis surrounding migration in the Mediterranean region.

Mediterranean Passages is part of the 2013-2014 Common Experience Events

12:30 pm: Like a man on earth (Come un uomo sulla terra, 2008, 60', Amharic, Italian, and English with English subtitles) directed by Andrea Segre and Dagmawi Yimer.


The film follows Dag's story. Law student in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), who decided to leave his country because of the strong political repression. In Winter 2005 he crossed the desert between Sudan and Libya. However in Libya he had to endure not only the violence of those smugglers managing the journey towards the Mediterranean, but also and most of all the abuses and violence of the Libyan police, responsible of blanket arrests and inhuman deportations. Survived to the Libyan trap, Dag succeeded in arriving in Italy by sea, in Rome, where he started to attend the school of Italian language of Asinitas Onlus, meeting place for many African immigrants.

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2:00pm: Closed Sea (Mare chiuso, 2012, 60', Amharic, Tigrinya, Somali with English subtitles) directed by Stefano Liberti and Andrea Segre.


Since March 2011, after the outbreak of the Libyan War, many African migrants and refugees escaped from the country. While a part of this flow has found shelter in refugee camps at the border with Tunisia, others managed to reach Italian coasts by boat. Many of them had been previously pushed back by Italy as a result of an agreement signed by Berlusconi and Gaddafi in 2008.

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About the directors:

Andrea Segre is an Italian filmmaker. His recent feature films Shun Li and the Poet (Io sono Li, 2011) and Early Snow (La prima neve, 2013) have received international critical acclaim and have won numerous prizes. In recent years he has made documentaries on the passage of migrants from Africa to Europe through the Mediterranean, in the face of European detention and repatriation practices. Like a Man on Earth (which he codirected with Dagmawi Yimer), South of Lampedusa and Closed Sea (both of which he codirected with Stefano Liberti) belong to this period.

Dagmawi Yimer is an Ethiopian-born, Italy-based director specializing in documentary filmmaking. Having survived a year-long journey through the Sahara, numerous stints in Libya’s notorious transit camps, and a perilous sea-voyage to Italy, Yimer began filming the experiences and testimonies of other migrants who had undertaken similarly harrowing journeys from Africa to Europe. His first major documentary was Like a Man on Earth, undertaken with Andrea Segre.

Stefano Liberti is an Italian journalist, writer and screenwriter. He collaborated with Andrea Segre to the documentary short A sud di Lampedusa (South of Lampedusa, 2006) and was awarded the Indro Montanelli Prize in 2009 for his book A sud di Lampedusa. He co-directed Closed Sea with Andrea Segre in 2012.

For more information about the documentary South of Lampedusa please visit:

View media from March 11 View the American Association of Teacher of Italian Spring Newsletter (our event was featured on p. 12)

Sponsored by the Italian Program, the Department of European Studies, the College of Arts and Letters, Alpha Pi Sigma Sorority, SDSU Student Nutrition Organization and the Circolo italiano.

The SDSU Italian Program, the UCSD Italian Studies Program and the San Diego Italian Film Festival present:

Sunday March 9 at the UCSD Faculty Club:

3-4pm: Meet the Directors Dagmawi Yimer, Andrea Segre and Stefano Liberti | Reception with ticket.

4-6pm Free film screenings:
Và pensiero (dir. Dagmawi Yimer, 2013):

South of Lampedusa (dir. Andrea Segre and Stefano Liberti, 2006):

Roundtable discussion after the films with the directors and Professors Pasquale Verdicchio (UCSD) and Clarissa Clò (SDSU)


Fall 2013

Music workshop with Italian songwriter Erica Mou: "Crossing Seas, Riding Waves: From the Mediterranean to the World”

September 5th, 2013
Smith Recital Hall, Music Building

Erica Mou is an Italian singer and musician hailing from Apulia in the South of Italy. Her first album was released in 2011 to great acclaim. In 2012 she participated in the Sanremo Music Festival with the song “Nella vasca da bagno del tempo.” Her second album is called Contro le onde (Against the waves). She has won several prizes and is touring the U.S. for the 2013 Hit Week.

In this workshop-mini concert Erica will discuss her approach to creating songs, from words to music, and her experience with the music industry in Italy and abroad.

The event is co-sponsored by the Italian Program, the Department of European Studies, and World Music and Ethnomusicology at SDSU. For information contact cclo@mail.sdsu.eduView media from September 5

View the flyer for the 9/5 event (.pdf)

If you miss the workshop of SDSU, catch the encore at the University of San Diego: September 5th, 7:00 pm, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall - Warren Auditorium Map:


Summer 2013

A conversation with Professor Clarissa Clò about Italian Colonialism and the Southern Question



For information contact Dr. Clarissa Clò, Director of the Italian Program, at