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(Italia 2008 – 60’ - miniDV)
Fikirte Inghida, Dawit Seyum, Senait Tesfaye, Tighist Wolde, Tsegaye Nedda, Damallash Amtataw, Johannes Eyob, Tsegaye Tadesse, Negga Demitse
by Riccardo Biadene, Andrea Segre, Dagmawi Yimer
directed by Andrea Segre, Dagmawi Yimer
with the collaboration of Riccardo Biadene
idea and photography: Andrea Segre
editing: Luca Manes (OFF!CINE) with the collaboration of Sara Zavarsie
co-author of the idea: Stefano Liberti
journalistic advisors : Stefano Liberti e Gabriele Del Grande
historical advisor : Alessandro Triulzi

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Giving voice to the Ethiopian refugees living in Rome, the film provides a direct insight into the brutal ways in which Libya, aided also by Italian and European funds, is operating to control the immigration movements of people from Africa. Dag used to study Law in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Prompted by the strong political repression he had to face in Ethiopia, he decides to leave the country. In the winter of 2005 he embarks on a tough land journey, crossing the desert between Sudan and Libya.

On his arrival in Libya, he is soon caught in a web of violence and criminal activities run by the rackets groupcontrolling the routes through the Mediterranean Sea . He then goes from bad to worse, ending up in the hands of the Libyan police, responsible for a series of arrests and mass deportations

Surviving the ordeal he went through in Libya , Dag eventually manages to cross the sea and reaches the Italian coastline. He then arrives in Rome, where he starts attending an informal italian school run byAsinitas Onlus , a first access point for African immigrants coordinated by Marco Carsetti and other volunteers. Here he attends an Italian language course and is given the opportunity to learn basic film-making techniques. This experience inspires him to collect the testimonies of his fellow countrymen who shared the same traumatic experiences, and breaks the silence on the fate awaiting african migrants crossino the country run by Gheddafi.

“Come un uomo sulla terra” is a journey of pain and dignity, through which Dagmawi Yimer voices his memories of unthinkable human suffering to denounce what appears to be a tragic political and humanitarian situation . In this respect both Italy and Europe share responsibilities for this situation and should be made accountable for it.

The film is part of a project initiatde by Alessandro Triulzi titled The Archive of Refugees’ Memories that has been developed from 2006 onword by  the Asinitas centre for the education and care of refugees, in collaboration with ZaLab, a collective of film makers specialized in participatory video and social documentaries, and with the help of the audio-visual Foundation AAMOD – Archivio Audioviso del Movimento Operaio e Democratico. The educational activities organised by  Asinitas Onlus have been supported by the joint effort of Lettera 27 Foundation and Tavola Valdese. We thank Mauro Morbidelli of Aamod for his personal contribution to the project.

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After hundreds of screenings and awards all over Italy and Europe and after broadcasting on RAI TV
Asinitas Onlus e ZaLab

Book + DVD
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a film by Andrea Segre, Dagmawi Yimer and Riccardo Biadene

with a book of theArchive of Migrant Memories

edited by Marco Carsetti e Alessandro Triulzi

Introduction by Ascanio Celestini

With the support of Amnesty International, Italy

The documentary Like a man on earth for the first time breaks the silence on the agreements between Italy and Libya about the control of immigration from Africa. It shows the terrible violence suffered by migrants arrested and sent back to Libya.

A journey of pain and dignity told through the voice of Dagmawi Yimer, that denounces the atrocities thousands of men, women and children go through, being rejected by the “evil” of the Italian Minister Maroni and put under the control of Libya, a violent and dictatorial state. A film against violence, forced returns and migrants' deportation.

Like a man on earth is now available in bookshops, a special edition including the film subtitled in 5 languages (Italian, English, Spanish, German and French) and an inedited book of testimonies collected in the Archive of Migrants Memories. The project has been realized by Asinitas Onlus in collaboration with ZaLab and Lettera27, to give dignity, voice and space to the memories of migrants who have joint and still join our country.

In the book there are contributions of the five authors, of the two journalists and film consultants Gabriele Del Grande and Stefano Liberti and of the cinema critics Dario Zonta and Boris Sollazzo.

The DVD, edited by Stefano Collizzolli (ZaLab), includes 50 minutes of special contents, with a short film by Dagmawi Yimer, a photo gallery by Gabriele Del Grande and an abstract of a audio-documentary by Roman Herzog, both resulting from a reportage realized inside Libyan detentions centers in November 2008.



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