DENUNCIA: Speaking Up in Modern Italy

Denuncia in Documentary: Two Film Screenings

Posted in Documentary Film Festival by nyudenuncia on February 27, 2009

In the last few weeks leading up to the Conference, two documentary films will be screened at NYU’s Casa Italiana.  Like Maccioni’s Stato di eccezione which was presented by Valeria Castelli in late January at the Casa Italiana, these documentaries’ themes are linked to the problematic of the Italian Graduate Student Association’s conference of Denuncia. Ph.D. students from the Department of Italian Studies will introduce each film.

The schedule is as follows:

March 3 at 6pm: Improvvisamente l’inverno scorso  (Suddenly, Last Winter)   improvvisamente

(2008, 80 min, In English and Italian with English subtitles)

By Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi

Beginning with the proposal of DiCo, a law intended to grant civil partnerships to homosexual as well as heterosexual couples, this film documents the reactions of public and political opinion across Italy and in the Church. Told with both lightness and solemnity from the perspectives of Gustav and Luca and their relationship, the documentary reveals a homophobic impulse that surprises even the directors themselves.

The film will be presented by Alessandra Montalbano.


March 12 at 6pm:  Viva Zapatero! 

(2005, 80 min, In English and Italian with English subtitles)

By Sabina Guzzantizapatero1

In this documentary film, Sabina Guzzanti chronicles her conflict with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi over her political satire show, Raiot, broadcasted on RAI-3 in November 2003. The show was canceled after the first episode in which Guzzanti criticized Berlusconi’s media empire. The comedian was later sued for 20 million euros. Her documentary comments on the limited freedom of speech, censorship and information control in Italy.

The film will be presented by Jonathan Mullins.

www.sabinaguzzanti.it

Those participating in the Conference from the New York/tri-state area are urged to attend the screenings. There will be a discussion after each screening with NYU Italian Studies graduate students.