Richard Braude

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Italy’s Oscar Nominee Is a Great Film, but It Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story

Of all the offerings this Oscar season, one stands out: “Io Capitano”. A nominee for best international feature film, the film is a visually stunning and often harrowing account of the journey from West Africa to Europe. Based on many real-life stories, it shows the horrors of the perilous route across the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea that more than one million people have taken over the past decade and along which thousands have died.

At a time when Italy’s far right is in government, introducing draconian anti-migrant laws amid a flood of poisonous rhetoric, “Io Capitano” represents an important intervention by its director, Matteo Garrone.…  Seguir leyendo »