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Film and Lecture Series on Global Immigration Issues Opens Nov. 4 with Italian Filmmaker

By:    Published 9:22 am / October 31, 2011

A new Boise State film and lecture series on global immigration issues will open Nov. 4 with Italian director Fabio Caramaschi and his film “One Way, a Tuareg Journey.”

The new film and lecture series, sponsored by the Department of Bilingual Education, explores issues in multilingualism, multiculturalism and immigration. The series will present a noted filmmaker each fall and a lecture by a visiting scholar each spring.

Caramaschi’s film begins at 5 p.m. in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom. A question-and-answer session with the director will follow the presentation.

The film has garnered a number of awards including best script at the 2007 Siena documentary festival, best documentary at the 2011 Arcipelago film festival in Rome and the audience award at the 2011 Goshort festival in Holland.

“One Way, a Tuareg Journey” focuses on a youth named Sidi and his family as they move from the Republic of Niger to Italy. Caramaschi made the documentary with the help of Sidi. Sometime after Sidi’s father leaves to become a guest worker in Italy, Sidi, his mother and his younger sister join him. Sidi’s little brother Alkassoum is left behind in Niger, as he has no identity papers.

“This documentary is above all a positive, inspirational film about change, family reunion and new opportunities,” said Claudia Peralta, chair of Boise State’s Bilingual Education Department.

The documentary follows Sidi and his family in their modern Italian lives, and visits Alkassoum, left behind in their desert village. Sidi learns to speak Italian, goes to school and is thinking about becoming a journalist. Meanwhile, Alkassoum is still tending goats in the village where he was born. Finally, Alkassoum also moves to Italy.

It quickly becomes clear how big the gulf is between the countries.

For more information about the presentation, contact Peralta at 426-4438 or claudiaperalta@boisestate.edu.