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Alì ha gli occhi azzurri (Ali Blue Eyes)



Alì ha gli occhi azzurri (Ali Blue Eyes)

ali posterCinema Italia 2021 - Multi-ethnic Italy: the new Italians

The Multi-ethnic Italy: the new Italians film series, which represents a continuation of the fruitful collaboration of the Italian Cultural Institute with Palace Cinemas, and which includes a series of movies whose central topic is the phenomenon of migration to Italy, continues with the screening of the movie Alì ha gli occhi azzurri (Ali Blue Eyes) by director Claudio Giovannesi.

The movie will be introduced by Antonella Beconi, Convenor for Italian at the Centre of Continuing Education, University of Sydney, who will also moderate the Q&A session at the end of the movie.

Alì ha gli occhi azzurri (Ali Blue Eyes)
By Claudio Giovannesi, 2012, 94’

The movie draws its title from Pier Paolo Pasolini’s poem with the same title. Nader (Nader Sarhan), a 16-year-old Italian-born son of Egyptian Muslim parents is at the centre of this tale of a young man caught between his peers and his cultural roots. When his hot-headed friend gets into a fight, Nader stabs a young Romanian in his defence, forcing Nader to flee the scene and go into hiding. Cold, hungry and afraid, he avoids the victim’s family, who are seeking revenge. Director Claudio Giovannesi developed this multi-award winning feature film from his documentary, Brothers of Italy, using many of the real-life characters in the fictional film. Sarhan won the best young actor award at the Angers European First Film Festival. His portrayal of a second-generation immigrant is raw and real, made even more true thanks to family and friendsali interna playing themselves in a story strongly based on their own lives. With Italy still struggling to come to grips with its growing immigrant population, this film explores issues in a way that is fresh, engaging, and vital.

Q&A with Lucia Sorbera, Chair of Arabic Studies at the Sydney University, and Francesco Borghesi, Chair of Italian Studies at the Sydney University.


  • Full price: $20
  • IIC members, Palace Movie Club members & Students: $15*

       * University of Sydney, UTS, UNSW, Macquarie University, Centre of Continuing Education students

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Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Time: At 6:30 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

In collaboration with : Palace Cinemas

Entrance : With fee


Palace Cinemas Norton Street, Leichhardt