At the height of the current refugee crisis, Cine Refugi presents their series of outdoor screenings, with films seeking to bring awareness to the issue through the big screen. The campaign uses films to promote values of peace and unity, working in collaboration with other similar organisations. Cine Refugi continues its cycle of films with ‘A Paese di Calabria’ (2016), a documentary examining the settlement of refugees in the small town of Riace, Calabria in southern Italy. The left-wing mayor seized the opportunity to welcome them through starting a project to renovate abandoned flats and houses to provide them with a place to prepare for their next journey. The project included Italian lessons for refugees, training and a stipend, enhancing their chances of setting up new lives. However, with the upcoming political elections, the future of the town and its relationship with refugees is questioned. This Swiss-Italian film provides an intriguing insight into the relationship between migrants and locals, and transmits a seemingly uplifting message of peaceful settlements, characterising the flourishing Riace as the symbol of the city of the future.
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