The Migration Festival returns to Turin for its fourth edition from 27 September to 2 October 2022 and also this year it unfolds in various places in the city, including the former Cemetery of San Pietro in Vincoli, the Scuola Holden, the Sandretto Foundation Re Rebaudengo, the offices of Pastorale Migranti and Valdocco and the Pilgrim Garden in Borgo Dora. The theme of migration, addressed in its possible declinations, will be at the center of the six days of debates, screenings, meetings, theatrical performances and concerts. The Migration Festival is conceived and organized by the theater companies AMA Factory, AlmaTeatro and Tedacà.
The Migration Festival is supported by the Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation (major supporter), Otto per mille Waldensian Church and MiC and sponsored by the City of Turin, Metropolitan City, District 7, Order of Social Workers National Council and Piedmont Region.
Meetings. She opens the Cecilia Sala festival, journalist and author of the podcast Stories, through which she tells a story from the world every day, with a meeting on the relationship between war and information coordinated by documentarian Davide Demichelis. Together with Emanuele Giordana, war correspondent, and Raffaele Crocco, director of the Atlas of Wars and Conflicts of the World, you will draw a map of open (and forgotten) conflicts. You are also planning an in-depth study with correspondents Antonella Napoli, Enzo Nucci, Tiziana Ferrario and Nico Piro (in connection) on the political situation of some countries to try to understand and tell an important part of migratory flows. With the journalists Patrizia Fiocchetti and Antonella Sinopoli, the Waldensian pastor Daniela Di Carlo and the testimony of Sapeda, an Afghan activist, we will talk about women in places of conflict and in post-war territories, three stories of resistance and peace practices. The ethics of narration, or what is the role of information in the dissemination of perceptions and narratives on wars and migrations, is the theme of the meeting with Anna Meli, Paola Barretta, Valerio Cataldi and Stefano Talli. In connection, Asmae Dachan and Francesca Mannocchi. Moderated by Gian Mario Gillio.
Two meetings were held in collaboration with Turin Spirituality: Turin city of dialogue, on the criticalities and resources of a multiple coexistence, which is also defined through the interreligious meeting, with Valentino Castellani (president of the Interfaith Committee) and Gianna Pentenero (Councilor for Political Coordination for multiculturalism); while Cecilia Strada and the former magistrate and essayist Gherardo Colombo discuss lives spent taking care of others, in dialogue with the curator of Turin Spirituality Armando Buonaiuto.
Theater. The theater is confirmed as the beating heart of the festival, counting the record number of shows in the 2022 edition. In fact, in the six days there are eight theatrical proposals, starring international interpreters: on stage, Alberto Boubakar Malanchino with the show Sid – So far so good, the story of a boy bored by life who is told in a flying monologue while he trains in prison as a boxer; Francesca Farcomeni with the theatrical project Radio Ghetto, created to tell the experience lived inside the ghettos of agricultural laborers in the Foggia area in a performative way. Then Love’s Kamikaze, with a double replica, directed by Mila Moretti and set in Tel Aviv in 2005, in which Naomi, a Jew, and Abdul, a Palestinian, love each other trying to forget the war and at the same time confront the two civilizations of belonging and more Fragile stories by Olga Kalenichenko with Russian and Ukrainian children as protagonists.
Food. Also confirmed in this edition an appointment much loved by the public of the Migration Festival, that of the Citizens’ Dinner: a long table set up in the courtyard of San Pietro in Vincoli will be an opportunity to share the food brought from home or the dishes offered by the kitchens from world present at the festival, experiencing the thrill of a dinner all together.
Food is also at the center of the event organized in collaboration with the University of Gastronomic Sciences of Pollenzo, Looks and metaphors on food and migration in which convivial moments and words will alternate to concretely deepen three aspects: climate change and migration, with Gabriele Proglio, a dialogue on Italian colonial history through the history of food and gastronomy as a meeting ground and cultural enrichment.
Testimonials. Also in this edition, a fundamental space of the festival is occupied by direct testimonies of migrations: to talk about Syrian migration, Muna and Mido Khorzom will be present, at the end of the representation of Fragile Stories there will be a moment to reflect on the issues dealt with during the show, with direct interventions by Ukrainian refugees and volunteers from the missions in Lviv. The festival audience will also be able to deepen the issues related to the American migration route in the meeting Al Otro lad and discover the strong link that exists between food and migration, always through the voices of migrants.
Music. Space also for music, with concerts by Baba Sissoko, an artist and composer from Mali, by the young Moroccan singer-songwriter Rania Khazour and the reggae band Woolers. Furthermore Chris Obehi, born in Nigeria in 1998, will lead the public on an intimate journey through his history, his music and his words, during a talk in which the public will be able to interact through the construction of a music playlist.
Cinema. The cinema events are back, to which the evening of Wednesday 28 September is dedicated. At the Polo del ‘900, following the awarding of the winners of the Call Sguardi 2022, there will be a meeting in collaboration with ZaLab and the screening of No Hard Feelings (Future Drei) by Faraz Shariat, organized in collaboration with the Lovers Film Festival.
Art. The festival also dialogues with art through the exhibition And we will grasp the knowledge of our resistances, in progress at the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation. This is the first solo show in Italy of the Peruvian Daniela Ortiz: paintings, embroideries and installations to tell the resistance of women in post-war and colonial places. Sandretto Foundation will also host one of the scheduled shows.
The Migration Festival returns to Turin between art, music and cinema – Piedmontese newspaper