• Vetri Nathan
  • "Guess Who's Coming to (an Italian) Dinner? Black Bodies in Italy's New Migrant Cinema"
  • Vetri Nathan
  • Event Date: 2024-03-21 12:00
  • Scarlet Speakers from the Heart of New Brunswick

Event Date: Thursday, March 21, 2024
Event Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM ET

Vetri Nathan,
Mellon Associate Professor, Global Racial Justice;
Professor, Department of Italian

"Guess Who’s Coming to (an Italian) Dinner? Black Bodies in Italy’s New Migrant Cinema"

At the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Italy continues to receive migrants and refugees from Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia fleeing economic, environmental and political instability. The development of a multiracial and culturally hybrid Italy since the 1990’s has resulted in pockets of inclusivity but also strong racist backlash. In this talk, Dr. Nathan examines attempts by Italian film directors to represent black bodies on screen during the initial period of great social change. Specifically, we will explore and discuss the cultural and psychic contradictions that emerge from the very curious interplay of desire, gender and race in three movies: Michele Placido’s Pummarò (Tomato, 1990), Vittorio de Seta’s Lettere dal Sahara (Letters from the Sahara, 2005) and Cristina Comencini’s Bianco e nero (White and Black, 2008).