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UK FILM PREMIÈRE: LIBERE (Italian with English subtitles)

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Tutti avevamo paura, ma il coraggio sta precisamente nell’andare avanti lo stesso anche se si ha paura.’ Giuliana Gadola Beltrami

The Oxford Italian Association is delighted to present the UK première of Libere, the 2017 film by the director Rossella Schillaci, who will be in conversation with Professor Paul Henley on the evening after the screening.

In Libere, the voices of Italian women partisans of the Second World War - voices recovered from archives - tell of the Resistance, of emancipation and of freedom, but also of the coerced return to the restrictive domestic sphere after the Liberation.

Through compelling original testimonies, Rossella Schillaci reconstructs what can be considered one of the first steps towards feminism in Italy. The taste of emancipation, the discovery of sexual freedom and equality in the sphere of work and the family and then the post- war disappointment. What was the role of women in the Italian Resistance and what did that period of personal struggle and emancipation mean to them?

The film illustrates and recounts what this struggle meant for women themselves, in their own voices. Through a montage of archival footage and extracts from interviews with twenty women partisans carried out during the course of the last forty years by the ANCR (Archivio Nazionale Cinematografico della Resistenza) and other research institutes, a new vision of the period emerges, one “relived” by the partisans themeslves and which for many of them constituted the birth of feminism: the struggle of war constituting concurrently a search for emancipation and the beginnings of the parity of the sexes.

What happened after the celebrations of 25 April 1945? What had these women won after Liberation and which promises were kept? Their reflections on the Resistance, sometimes bitter, remind us of a piece of our often forgotten history.

Rossella Schillaci studied for an MA in the UK, obtaining a Masters Degree in Visual Anthropology and Documentary Practices. The award-winning director has made documentaries on migration and cultural identities, screening her films at numerous international festivals (including Turin, Venice, Open City London, Al Jazeera Film Festival, African Film Festival et alia).

Rossella will be introduced by Paul Henley, Professor of Visual Anthropology, Member of the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) and Director of the RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film (2017).

We urge you to visit the following site to find out more and view a trailer. The film is 76 minutes in duration and has been subtitled for the screening: lab80.it/pagine/libere

We hope to welcome you on the evening.

Rewley House, Wellington Square, 7.30 p.m., on Tuesday, 20th February. Entry: Members £2, non-members £5, students under 30 free of charge

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