Non Sono Clandestino seeks to combat increasing racism in Italy by putting a face to the millions of legal immigrant workers.
The global economic crisis as it is felt in Italy has spurred increased racial tension between the local population and immigrant communities. Leaders are using the politics of fear to place the blame for the countries economic and social crises on immigration. Recently, racial laws have been passed that put every immigrant at risk of expatriation regardless of status. This is in direct contravention of constitutional human rights established by the European Union.
Non Sono Clandestino' will strive to bring to light
1. how immigrants enrich our culture, our economy, our diet, our arts, our sport and our politics,
2. that while problems do exist, too much focus is given to only one side of the argument
3. Italy without immigrants could not survive let alone grow
4. the value these communities provide to the country in doing jobs lItalians will no longer consider;
5. how immigrants build stable communities that both value their Italian home while offering the richness of their own cultures; and
6. that tourism forms the foundation for the entire Italian economy and without it Italy could not survive.
The intent of the project idea is to try to change the way Italians see and speak of the extracomunitari - or the "new Italians"- who are too often represented as those who steal jobs and are responsible for most crime. The multi-media experience and surrounding events, debates and dialogue will provoke and become forums for dialogue.
The scope will be to create a photographic series together with videos including interviews, work samples and daily life photos that are testimony to the present reality of extracomunitari living in Italy and how their work, effort, color, flavor enrich this country. At the same time, the experience will provoke viewers to questionthe information sources and politicians they trust and to try to visualize an Italy without foreigners.
The final product is a portable exhibit that will serve as a centerpiece for events to provoke thought, encourage dialogue and launch debate on immigration and integration. The companion website and dvd will be promoted to schools to expand the reach of this work and promote direct collaboration by the public: a youtube facility will allow viewers of the exhibit and interested parties to record their own message and share their experience.
The project has received the support and approval of the City of Florence. The renaissance capital was chosen for its enormous foreign population and history of cohabitation without integration as evidenced by centuries of community Ghettos (Florentine, British, American, Chinese, Muslim).
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