The course of Postcolonial Film and Media Studies is part of the formative activities at free disposal of the students of the Degree Course in DAMS (Arts, Music and Drama). This Degree Course aims at offering an adequate foundation training, an extensive knowledge and appropriate methodological and critical instruments in performing arts and film, television and digital media, offering as well an adequate know how for the organization of cultural, performing arts, film and audiovisual events. The course of Postcolonial Film and Media Studies is intended to provide 1) a foundation training of key concepts and main lines of research that characterised postcolonial studies, with a specific reference to the experiences that involved the domain of film and media studies and the historical-cultural and artistic scenes in Italy; 2) the ability to contextualise, compare and critically analyse films, according to a postcolonial perspective, film texts and media narratives on the basis of a plurality of references (theoretical articles, critical contributions, interviews) and in the light of the direct vision of works; 3) the historic, critical and methodological key concepts necessary to the study of postcolonial critical thinking and to the analysis of an audiovisual narrative in a postcolonial lens.
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In Rome, street names and monuments tell us about an eternal city where for a long time practices and dreams of imperial power were nurtured, in the classical era as in the Fascist period. Along with narratives and omissions, films and tv series may help us to retrace a long history of transcultural cohabitation, dealing with millenary trades in and beyond the Mediterranean Sea that preceded the process of nation building, the dark page of liberal and fascist colonialism and its traces left in the territory and in the imagination. All this, seen through the eyes of those who live, work and make movies in Rome; of those leaving Rome, keeping a cultural identity that can be recognized; of those who keep on coming to Rome, enriching it with their past and their future. Our journey starts from the silent cinema and halts just before 1989, where the perception of a turning point in Italian history, coming with the new mobilities from the South and the East, changed the political and symbolic agendas.

Core Documentation

Suggestive filmography (subject to revision):
Raggio di luce, o Episodio della guerra di Tripoli (Cines, 1911)
Sulle orme dei nostri pionieri (Istituto Luce, 1936)
Scipione l’africano (Carmine Gallone, 1937)
Emigrantes (Aldo Fabrizi, 1949)
Angelo tra la folla (Leonardo De Mitri, 1950)
Akiko (Luigi Filippo D’Amico, 1961)
I due nemici (Guy Hamilton, 1961)
Il carabiniere a cavallo (Carlo Lizzani, 1961)
L’oro di Roma (Carlo Lizzani, 1961)
Faustina (Luigi Magni, 1968)
Appunti per un’Orestiade africana (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1970)
Nell’anno del signore (Luigi Magni, 1970)
L’altra donna (Peter Del Monte, 1981)

Reference Bibliography

A reader of articles on critical and postcolonial thinking, film history and theory, chosen by the teacher.

Type of delivery of the course

The course of Postcolonial Film and Media Studies is intended to be made through lessons in presence and include the viewing of a series of films, to take place mostly during the lessons, on a big screen. Attending and non-attending students will have the opportunity to access a shared folder including the anthology of articles to be considered part of the exam program and some didactical tools for the study.

Type of evaluation

Oral exam, in presence.