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​Women in Italian Cinema arrives in Sydney

Women in Italian cinema approda a Sydney
Women in Italian cinema approda a Sydney

“Women in Italian Cinema, an Inclusive Project” (WICIP) has arrived in Sydney after visiting major cities in Europe and in North and South America. WICIP is an international project designed to promote Italian films written, produced and directed by women. The Sydney event was organised in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute and with the support of the National Italian-Australian Women’s Association (NIAWA), the Dante Alighieri Society Sydney and Moving Story (Ritz Cinema).

The aim of the festival is to spotlight female talent in the world of Italian film and foster women’s empowerment. Another goal is to underscore the importance of making films accessible to people with sensory disabilities. The screenings will in fact be fully accessible to people with hearing and visual impairments. Subtitles for the deaf or hard-of-hearing (SDH) and audio description (AD) will be available in all of the project languages, thanks to the app produced by EARCATCH, a project partner company.

The festival takes place at the Ritz Cinema on 10 and 11 December. It includes 6 films: two feature-length films (La Ragazza ha Volato by Wilma Labate and Le Sorelle Macaluso by Emma Dante), two documentaries (Corpo a Corpo by Maria Iovine and Faith by Valentina Pedicini), and two shorts (Being My Mom by Jasmine Trinca and Il Moro by Daphne Di Cinto).
In addition to the screenings, on December a panel discussion will take place on the subject of “Women’s equality in the film industry: the Italian and Australian experience”. The panel consists of Sonia Borella (producer), Ruth Borgobello (director), Melina Marchetta (screenwriter), Rachael Belle Myers (director) and Manuela Rispoli (journalist). The moderator will be Cristiana Palmieri (Research Affiliate, Department of Italian Studies, The University of Sydney). A second panel discussion will be held in spring 2023, on the topic of how to ensure that films are accessible to everyone.

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