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Quando sei nato non puoi piu' nasconderti

Marco Tullio Giordana: Quando sei nato non puoi più nasconderti, 2005

  1. Where is the film set and why? How is the film structured?
  2. Why do you think the film focuses on the experience of a young Italian boy to tell a story about migration?
  3. What are the values of Italian society as presented in the film?
  4. How is the Italian family portrayed?
  5. Describe the relationship between Sandro and his mother / Sandro and his father. How does it develop?
  6. What different categories of identity (both Italian and non-Italian) are presented in the film?
  7. Discuss the film’s treatment of immigration. Does this change at any point? Is the viewer encouraged to empathise with the migrant and if so, how?
  8. Discuss the spaces of the film and the presence of immigrants within them. (refer to the house, the boats, factory, school, bus, the streets of Milan). How far are the migrants integrated into Italian society? Is Italy represented as a multicultural country?
  9. What is the significance of the title of the film?
  10. Comment on the prolonged ‘drowning’ scene in relation to camera angles, point of view, use of sound, etc.
  11. What techniques are used to convey the sense of distance between Italian and migrant lives?
  12. How does the film comment on legislation pertaining to immigration?
  13. Describe Alina’s room at the end of the film. What does the song represent for her?
  14. How does the film end? Is this a positive image?