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La Bas – Educazione criminale (Down There: A Criminal Education)



La Bas – Educazione criminale (Down There: A Criminal Education)

la bas 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 La Bas – Educazione criminale (Down There: A Criminal Education) by director Guido Lombardi.

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.

La Bas – Educazione criminale (Down There: A Criminal Education) (Guido Lombardi, 2011, 98’)

Guido Lombardi’s refreshing look at the problems of immigration in Italy that not only thinks outside the box but is involved in the community it’s spotlighting. Set in Castel Volturno, a coastal town 18 miles from Naples. Artist Yussouf (Kader Alassane) is fresh off the plane from Africa, in search of an uncle who promised him a job and good money. Instead Yussouf only finds impoverished Africans struggling to make a living and maintain a sense of community. When he does locate Uncle Moses (Moussa Mone), Yssouf discovers he’s a drug dealer profiting from an uneasy partnership with a branch of the Camorra. Tempted by the possibility of earning quick money, he joins his uncle’s biz and distances himself from the supportive, decent people he met when he first arrived.

Winner of a “Lion of the Future” award at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, the film isla bas interna loosely based on a 2008 shooting between rival criminal gangs, in which six people were killed. It reveals the vulnerability of members of this community who risked their lives to get to Italy, only to be confronted with a lack of employment and marginalization as outsiders.

Q&A with Daniele Fulvi (seasonal lecturer in Ethics and Philosophy at Western Sydney University) + Ana Tiwary (Director/Producer indiVisual films).


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

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

Information and bookings:


Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Time: At 6:30 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

In collaboration with : Palace Cinemas

Entrance : With fee


Palace Norton Street, Leichhardt