Africa Bianca tells the story of the fascist invasion of Ethiopia through the lens of a child’s school drawings. The Italian colonialism is still hidden in darkness. Through the material feature embodied in the images and the sounds of that time collected in the national archive, we tried to explore the scattered proofs left intact.
In the 1930s, the subject of colonialism was of primary importance for children schooling. The fascist representation of Africa to young children aimed at concealing the infamies that the politics of command and of extermination had carried out. Despite their distancing from the events they suggested, the innocent nature of children’s drawings, the radio broadcast and the cinematic screenings were all tryng to describe the war experience through the eyes of infancy, wich are as far as the finder of the bomber aircafts in flight.
Filippo Foscarini, Marta Violante
Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Sede Sicilia
Sara Fgaier, Valentina Pedicini, Luca Ricciardi
Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Istituto Centrale per i Beni Sonori e Audiovisivi
Torino Film Festival, Festival del Cinema Africano d'Asia e d'America Latina di Milano