“A political and social work through which we try to start a reflection on how much the current Italian law on citizenship is outdated and limited, but remains in force only because plays on people’s fears of change and diversity. My friends and I are in favor of tradition, but we are against traditionalists and our little film tells it ».
To speak is Maurizio Brauccidirector of the music documentary A Million Italians (they are not Italians) selected by the jury of XX edition from Alice in the City – collateral and independent review of the Rome Film Fest – is also among the six short films presented in the section Le Perle discovering Italian cinema of the 28th edition of MedFilm Festival – Italian film festival dedicated to Mediterranean Cinema.
Born in 1966 in Naples, in the Montesanto district, writer and screenwriterBraucci published the novel in 1999 The Dead Sea (translated into France by Ed. Mètailié) in 2004 the stories A boat of perfect menboth for the E / O Editions and in 2010 the novel For oneself and for others for Mondadori. Italian unhappiness – handbook on reception, migrants and us (Monitor 2019 editions).
He is co-author of the screenplays for films including: Gomorrah (Matteo Garrone), Reality (Matteo Garrone), The interval (Leonardo Di Costanzo), Black souls (Francesco Munzi), Pasolini (Abel Ferrara), Lost and beautiful (Pietro Marcello), Born in Casal di Principe (Bruno Oliviero), The paranza of children (Claudio Giovannesi), The scarlet sails (Pietro Marcello), Father Pio (Abel Ferrara). With Gomorrah won the 2008 Cannes Grand Prix, EFA 2008 and the Chicago International Film Festival 2008. Silver Bear for Best Screenplay in 2019 for The paranza of children by Claudio Giovannesi, won the David di Donatello for the best screenplay with Gomorrah in 2009, Black souls in 2015 and Martin Eden in 2020.
How cultural promoter it has been working for some time in the social sector, carrying out projects with adolescents and the weakest groups in marginal places such as prisons and social centers. He is the artistic director of the theater, cinema and pedagogy project Arrevuoto. He has edited reportage books and investigations, collaborates with Radio Tre, with the magazine The Donkeysthe monthly The stranger and with newspapers The morning And The Republic.
A Million Italians (they are not Italians) is the story through images and music that focuses on the story of two talented young artists, Sara Vanderwert and Fatima Mbengueborn and lived in Naples and yet not yet Italian until the age of majority, to address the quite controversial and highly topical political issue of ius soli. The title of the short comes in fact from the statistical data for which about one million young people born in Italy have no rights until they reach the age of eighteen. And sometimes not even after.
Produced by Arrevuoto – Theater, Cinema and Pedagogy and Dedalus – Officine Gomitoli – both associations that have been dealing with social issues in Naples for years, deeply rooted in the territory – in collaboration with Parallel 41, the subject and the screenplay are by Maurizio Braucci: «It often happens that I dedicate myself as a director to small productions of a civil, political and social nature – he explains – and I am also the producer of this short film in particular. Turning it I learned a lot, starting from the study and the commitment of documentation to frame the question of the ius soli, up to the intention of not making it a didactic musical, but rather capable of making the spectator emotionally involved ».
The mission of this short is precisely that of keep attention, raise awareness and promote support for a law finally based on the principle of ius soli, for which those born and raised in Italy have the right to Italian citizenship, regardless of the origin of the parents. But bringing back the reasoning on rights and inclusion will not be easy at all with this government, which as a policy has instead chosen to reject migrants at sea and at the borders: “I think it’s a job especially necessary in this historical moment, because the ius soli is a culture, in the sense that before the law there are people and a vision of the world that cannot be ignored. Regardless of the thought or opinion that each of us has formed, we should get in touch with the reality that lives who is Italian in fact but not on paper. This is why we imagined it as a kind of social service advertising, a social communication to create awareness, to put themselves in the shoes of a million and more Italians without citizenship, who find themselves facing complex situations, colliding with absurd limitations. Everyone can have an idea in their head, but it must be based on real facts, on knowledge, above all it must be far from prejudices. Here, the short wants to show exactly this, to start a reflection ».
A music documentary about the real life of the Italian children of foreign parentsin which the scenes and sounds remind us that music has roots that go beyond the boundaries of men and at least in good music, any form of racism has no place: «When I was offered to work on a short film to promote the principle of ius soli, I began to meet many young Italians of the second generation to tell me about their condition. In them I found talents and intelligence that it seemed reductive to describe only as those of the children of foreigners, they were people. When I chose the two actresses, Sara and Fatima, and I heard them sing, even more I said to myself that it was absurd to tell them because they were from a foreign family. So I limited myself to staging moments of their daily life, with the music of two songs that could sum up the absurdity of how the acquisition of citizenship works in Italy. Hence the idea of re-arranging a classic of the Neapolitan song, a song that Sara sang often. It was in May in Neapolitan, Sinhalese and Wolof it’s a hymn to brotherhood, and it’s proof that You can say core in three different languages but the heart remains unique“.