Tag Archives: Sicily

The story of Terra matta

rmis20.v018.i02.coverThose who know Vincenzo Rabito’s autobiography published as Terra matta (Einaudi, 2007) or have seen the film Terramatta; Il Novecento italiano di Vincenzo Rabito analfabeta siciliano (2012) will be interested in the recent special issue of the Journal of Modern Italian Studies (2014, vol. 19, no.3) dedicated to the analysis of both book and film. The highlights are the accounts by the editors of the original typescript, Luca Ricci and Evelina Santangelo, of their work in making the text accessible to a wide readership, and the descriptions by the co-screenwriters Chiara Ottaviano (producer) and Costanza Quatriglio (director) of the making of the film. Bernadette Luciano and Susanna Scarparo set Terramatta; in the context of Quatriglio’s other work; and Giovanni Rabito explores some of the differences between his father’s first and second (unpublished) autobiographies.

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Autonomy, federalism, history: regional tensions in North and South

cropped-logoscritte-univ-01The latest issue of ReadingItaly is devoted to the analysis of regional tensions in both North and South Italy. Marco Meriggi (Naples) examines the Northern Question and the different ideas of federalism proposed by Gioberti and Cattaneo. George Newth (Reading) traces the links between the Movimento per l’Autonomia Regionale Piemontese (MARP), active in Turin in the 1950s, and the Lega Nord, focusing on their attachment to the myth of ‘Padania’. Filippo Tronconi (Bologna) looks at the changes in the Lega’s attitude towards Europe, particularly the ‘Europe of the Regions’, in its policies and practices. And Manoela Patti (Palermo), who supplies some very useful bibliographical references, recalls the support for separatism in Sicily which developed in the confusing power struggles of 1943-44.

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Sicilian Week in Melbourne: April 2 – 7

 

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You are invited to join us on a journey retracing the movement of people from Sicily and the Aeolian Islands to Australia and beyond in history, film and music. The events take place at different venues and are all free: RVSP: email ihs@coasit.com.au or telephone (03) 9349 9021. Here is the programme:

WEDNESDAY 2 APRIL

Venue: Museo Italiano (Co.As.It), 199 Faraday Street, Carlton

6.30pm LECTURE – ‘Through Times of Plundering and Prosperity: a historical look at the movement of peoples to and from the Aeolian Islands’ by Professor Marcello Saija followed by a Q&A with the public.

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Joe Farrell on Dario Fo and Franca Rame

darioefranca_3d-369x489Join us on Tuesday 8 April at 6.30pm at the Museo Italiano, 199 Faraday St, Carlton, Melbourne, for the presentation by Joe Farrell (University of Strathclyde) of his two recent books. His interview with Franca Rame, Franca Rame: non è tempo di nostalgia (Della Porta Editori) was published in July 2013 and his biography of Dario Fo and Franca Rame, Dario e Franca: La biografia della coppia Fo/Rame attraverso la storia italiana (Ledizioni, Milano), in February 2014.

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Quando scrivere è una lotta

podcastLuca Ricci, regista teatrale e curatore insieme a Evelina Santangelo dell’edizione Einaudi di Terra matta, racconta come è venuto in contatto con l’autobiografia di Vincenzo Rabito, un siciliano autodidatta, che ha ispirato il film terramatta;. Nel suo lavoro all’Archivio diaristico nazionale a Pieve Santo Stefano (il paese toscano distrutto nel 1944, la cui storia è stata raccontata da uno dei suoi cittadini più famosi, Amintore Fanfani, nel suo Una Pieve in Italia), Luca Ricci ha curato diversi testi di scrittori non-professionisti per la pubblicazione. Evelina Santangelo è una scrittrice siciliana: il suo romanzo più recente è Cose da pazzi (Einaudi, 2012).

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Terra matta in Melbourne: 3 December

UnknownThe prize-winning film terramatta;, based on Terra matta, the autobiography of Vincenzo Rabito which was awarded the Premio Pieve in 2000, will be shown in Melbourne at the Italian Institute of Culture on 3 December 2013 (click for details of time and venue). As our earlier post indicated, the film will also be shown at the ACIS Conference in Adelaide on 4 December. Both the book and the DVD are available for purchase in Australia and can be bought here.

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Nasce l’Archivio degli iblei

Chiara Ottaviano   Cliomedia Officina

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E’ online il portale dell’Archivio degli Iblei.  Gli Iblei comprendono i paesi del sud-est della Sicilia fra il ragusano e il siracusano, e l’iniziativa dell’archivio online è nata all’interno del Progetto Terramatta, il cui primo prodotto è stato il film documentario Terramatta; Il Novecento italiano di Vincenzo Rabito analfabeta siciliano. Il film, tratto dal libro quasi omonimo del chiaramontano Vincenzo Rabito (Einaudi, 2007), è stato presentato nella scorsa edizione della Mostra internazionale del cinema di Venezia e ha ricevuto numerosi riconoscimenti, tra cui il Nastro d’Argento 2013 come miglior documentario italiano dell’anno. Lo si potrà vedere a Melbourne il prossimo 3 dicembre in una serata organizzata dall’Istituto italiano di cultura e ad Adelaide nell’ambito del Convegno ACIS, dove Terramatta sarà anche tema di un panel.

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La legge è uguale per tutti…or is it?

Catherine Williams   La Trobe University

Upon hearing that Italy’s Constitutional Court has today released the reasons for its decision on the conflict between the powers of the President and the powers of Palermo’s Office of Public Prosecutions, the first thing that came to my mind was that comforting phrase inscribed on all Italian courts of law: ‘la legge è uguale per tutti’ (a maxim of such importance it is even given a constitutional guarantee in Article 3 of the Italian Constitution).

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THE ROAD TO CAPACI

Catherine Williams   La Trobe University

We stop the car just before the Capaci exit from the highway leading towards Palermo. Ever since one of my former professors lent me a biography of Giovanni Falcone, at the beginning of my doctoral research in 2011, I had been determined that my next trip to Sicily would include a pilgrimage of sorts to this stretch of highway where Falcone, his wife (magistrate Francesca Morvillo), and three members of their security escort (Rocco Dicillo, Antonio Montinaro and Vito Schifani) lost their lives on 23 May 1992.  An interview in Palermo with Antonio Ingroia, to speak about the impacts of Law 45/2001 – which substantially amended the legal framework regulating the relationship between the state and mafia collaboratori di giustizia, and is the subject of my doctoral research – finally provides me with the opportunity I’d been waiting for.

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