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Movie / “No Dogs or Italians Allowed” by Alain Ughetto

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In a fascinating animation in claymotion, No Dogs or Italians Allowed tells the true story of Cesira and Luigi, a couple of Italian immigrants who in the ’20s escape poverty by passing the border of the Alps and create a family in France. A story of migration that speaks of dreams, future and hope of a generation not so distant from our own.

Director Alain Ughetto said: “Before dying, my father told me about a village, in Piedmont, where all the people had our family name. Intrigued by this misterious origin, I crossed the Alps and went to Ughettera, the land of the Ughettos. Who were they? How did they live? What forced them to leave and where did they go?”

By the testimonies of the Piedmontese farmers born in the late 19° century, Ughetto recalls his grandfather’s path, born in the same place at the same time, emigrated to France as thousands of other Italians did. In his laboratory he brings back to life this lost world, this rural culture which was also his grandparents’ one, and has been called by Nuto Revelli “the world of the defeated”.

Putting his hand into the modelling clay, discovering their work gestures, finding out how they lived and survived, Ughetto wonders about the work of his own hands. What has been left of them, of their techniques, their know-how, their land, their language, their culture? What is still alive in him, of this lost world?

The screening is presented on the occasion of Europe Day, celebrated every year on May 9th on the anniversary of the signing of the Schuman Declaration, and represents the importance of the concepts of peace and unity. Alain Ughetto’s film invites us to reflect on how the creation of the European Union has changed the idea of mobility between countries and the perception of borders.

Genre: Animation
Year: 2022
Country: France/Italy/Belgium/Switzerland/Belgium
Duration: 70′
Language: Italian and French, with English subtitles

Free with registration. Doors open at 5:30pm CT.
Please register each participant using the form on this page.

This program is part of the series Dreamers, Visionaries and Dystopias, dedicated to the representations of the future in Italian and international cinema.

Dreamers and visionaries are the protagonists of In Futuro: a survey of possibilities. The 2024 IIC Chicago program reflects on how the Italian artistic, scientific and economic world imagines, represents and, with an historical perspective, has imagined and represented the future, portraying the dreams, fears, uncertainties and hopes of the present, between memory and imagination, standstills and progress, conflicts and sense of community

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  • Organized by: Istituto Italiano di Cultura a Chicago