Inconsci (anti)coloniali | Screening of “Notes Towards an African Orestes”

Inconsci (anti)coloniali | Screening of “Notes Towards an African Orestes”

Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1970, 73 min
Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1970, 73 min

A cinematic notebook of Pasolini scouting locations, an essay-film, a film on jazz music, and on the presence of African students in Rome in the 1960s. As one of the least seen by this master of Italian cinema, it is truly a complex and unique film on the legacy of Italian colonialism and interactions with Africa.

The screening will be introduced by Valeria Deplano (University of Cagliari), who works on the presence of African students in post-war Italy. Light refreshments will be served after the film.

Courtesy of Cineteca di Bologna.


Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975), Italian poet, writer, director, playwright and journalist, was one of the most important Italian intellectuals of the 20th century. He wrote, among others, “Ragazzi di vita”, directed thirteen fiction feature films and numerous documentaries and short films, many outside Italy.

Valeria Deplano (Ph.D) is Associate Professor of History at the University of Cagliari. Her research interests focus on Italian colonialism, its cultural impact, and its legacies, with an emphasis on Racism. She is a member of CENTRA – Research Centre for the History of Racism and Anti-racism in Modern Italy, based in Genoa. Among her publications: “La Madrepatria è una terra straniera. Libici, eritrei e somali nell’Italia del dopoguerra” (Le Monnier 2017), “L’Africa in casa. La propaganda coloniale durante il fascismo” (Le Monnier, 2015), “Quel che resta dell’impero. La cultura coloniale degli italiani” (with A. Pes, Mimesis 2014). She is currently working on “African students in 1960s- 1980s Italy”.


The event will be held in-person, registration is not required.

For further details on the INCONSCI (ANTI)COLONIALI programme, download the pdf.

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