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18 Ius Soli [UML Global Cinema Series]

Director: Fred Kuwornu Run Time: 50 min. Release Year: 2011

18 Ius Soli examines issues of race, ethnicity, and national identity in 21st-century multicultural Italy. It includes interviews with 18 young men and women born in Italy to immigrant parents who have attended Italian schools, speak Italian, and see themselves as Italian; however, they are not Italian citizens due to current law. Their struggle for citizenship and recognition has affinities with that of the Dreamers, undocumented young people brought to the U.S. as children. 18 Ius Soli thus offers a unique perspective on not only contemporary Italian society, but also the immigrant movements and activism of “dreamers” around the world.

Film screening followed by Q&A discussion

Free & open to the public

Celebrating the rich and diverse history of Lowell as a gateway city welcoming migrant from around the world, and the global diversity of UMass Lowell, this year’s global cinema film series will focus on the intricate tapestry of human migration, capturing diverse narratives, cultures, and experiences from around the world. This thought-provoking series will delve deep into the multifaceted phenomenon of migration, providing a platform for understanding the challenges, triumphs, and complexities faced by migrants across continents and highlighting how we are all interconnected through globalization and global migration.

By bringing together an array of films that span languages, cultures, and cinematic styles, we aim to cultivate a space for reflection, discussion, and dialogue. Each film serves as a lens through which audiences can explore the intricate dynamics of migration, encouraging them to contemplate the significance of home, identity, and belonging in an ever-changing world.

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