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ASMARINA: Voices & Images of a Postcolonial Heritage
A documentary by Alan Maglio & Medhin Paolos

“Asmarina” is based within the habesha community of Milan, its Eritrean/Ethiopian community has been present in Italy for at least half a century and it has been actively integrated into the social and cultural life of the city. Starting from the collective memories of the community, photos and other documents, the film gathers together the legacy of personal stories, exploring the different shades of identity, migration and the aspirations of the people. (2015, 69 minutes) Italian language with English subtitles.

Admission FREE

Mixed Company is hosting the New Orleans premiere of “Asmarina” in honor of Eritrean migrants and to commemorate Juneteenth. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. Today, Eritrean migrants are the second largest group seeking asylum in Europe and many are meeting death daily on the perilous journey through the desert and across the Mediterranean Sea. By uniting the narratives of the American descendants of enslaved Africans, Katrina survivors and Eritrean Italians, it is our hope to highlight our cultural connections and struggles across the diaspora and to further the fight for human rights in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Presented with support from Charitable Film Network, Café Istanbul and the Japan Society of New Orleans.

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By: Charitable Film Network