SYNOPSIS

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The Eritrean independence war (1961 -1991) was the trigger of one of the first emigration influxes of the Eritrean people. The diaspora support on the armed struggle was essential for the outcome of the war which saw Eritrea obtain independence from Ethiopia.

During the 1970’s Italy had a big immigration wave of Eritreans that were escaping from the war. The Eritrean diaspora in Milan had quickly organised a united community in order to support the independence of their country.

Political reunions, weddings, baptisms and other celebrations were the event that has been functioning as the glue. During this process of adaptation and integration in the new society, many families, which had to split because of the war and got reunited thanks to the right of family reunification. Families reunited but also new families started, generating one of the first wave of second generation immigrants in Italy.

Appuntamento ai Marinai recounts the experience of the Second Generation immigrants of Eritrean origin born or arrived to Italy between the late ’70s and early’ 80s, especially in Milan.

Retracing the childhood and adolescence of the participants, the aim is to reflect on the experiences of those who grew up as children of immigrants in a society that had not yet faced that multiplicity/diversity, telling the stories of ‘pioneers’ of a new society.

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The Eritrean independence war (1961 -1991) was the trigger of one of the first emigration influxes of the Eritrean people. The diaspora support on the armed struggle was essential for the outcome of the war which saw Eritrea obtain independence from Ethiopia.

During the 1970’s Italy had a big immigration wave of Eritreans that were escaping from the war. The Eritrean diaspora in Milan had quickly organised a united community in order to support the independence of their country.

Political reunions, weddings, baptisms and other celebrations were the event that has been functioning as the glue.

During this process of adaptation and integration in the new society, many families, which had to split because of the war and got reunited thanks to the right of family reunification. Families reunited but also new families started, generating one of the first wave of second generation immigrants in Italy.

Appuntamento ai Marinai recounts the experience of the Second Generation immigrants of Eritrean origin born or arrived to Italy between the late ’70s and early’ 80s, especially in Milan.

Retracing the childhood and adolescence of the participants, the aim is to reflect on the experiences of those who grew up as children of immigrants in a society that had not yet faced that multiplicity/diversity, telling the stories of ‘pioneers’ of a new society.

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    INTEGRAZIONE

    Uno dei primi temi che verranno affrontati è l’integrazione. Partendo da quella nelle scuole, nella società ospitante ma anche nella comunità eritrea stessa, dando uno sguardo nuovo a questo tema.

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    LA MUSICA

    La musica hip hop ha avuto un ruolo fondamentale nel fornire, agli adolescenti eritrei degli anni ’90, un senso di appartenenza alla comunità che stavano formando e consolidando. Per molti dei ragazzi era immediato  riconoscersi nei testi rap, dove si parlava di discriminazioni, frustrazioni, l’emarginazione, il far parte di una minoranza, e così via.

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    LA SECONDA GENERAZIONE ALL'ESTERO

    Molti  giovani in Italia hanno deciso di trasferirsi all’estero, chi per studio o per lavoro. Tra questi, molti ragazzi eritrei di Milano hanno fatto questa scelta. In questo spazio ci racconteranno quali motivi li hanno spinti ad emigrare e il loro nuovo percorso di integrazione.

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    LA TERZA GENERAZIONE

    Nonostante in Italia venga descritto come un fenomeno nuovo quello delle Seconde Generazioni, tra i nostri protagonisti c’è chi ha uno o due figli. Introduciamo così la Terza Generazione facendoci raccontare dai nostri intervistati la loro esperienza di genitori mettendo a confronto la loro infanzia e quella dei loro figli.

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