Haider Rashid has chosen the Second Generations as protagonists of his new movie "It's going to rain".
The theme of Second Generations concerns today at least one million young people living in Italy. They are boys born or raised in the Belpaese who have chosen to create a life and plan their future in Italy: the same young people represented in the film by the Italian-Iraqi director Haider Rashid. These are boys forced every day to fight against the obsolete laws of this country, which do not take into account the progress of society and the high number of immigrants in Italy - especially the laws on citizenship which are not reviewed by the 1992- .
Residence permits, expulsions and repatriations are the main themes of the film "It's going to rain" that the 12 last February was presented at the Teatro Puccini in Florence, in front of at least six hundred Florentines, children of immigrants and not, enjoying great success. Because of the "sold out", at least fifty people had to stay out without being able to take part in the presentation of the film, which will be released on big screens in mid-April.
Opening the evening with the presentation of the film, along with other guests, was the spokesperson of the Second Generations Khalid Chaouki, candidate for the Chamber of Deputies, as well as National New Italians (PD) Manager. At the end of the film, during the refreshment, we had the pleasure of confronting Khalid and Rashid on the subject of Second Generations, taking the opportunity to ask them some questions.
From whom did he take inspiration to shoot his new movie "Is it going to rain"?
"From the stories of many young people who suffer this denied right of citizenship. There are many sides that can be defined as autobiographical, especially regarding the question of identity ".
How much is reflected in the protagonist of the film?
Fortunately, I had no problems with the documents, but from the point of view of identity I am very much in awe. Exactly like the protagonist Said, I too began to wonder about my house as a teenager.
Then, growing up, it became increasingly difficult to find an answer to this question, until I realized I was part of two cultures transmitted by my parents, which enriched me a lot ”.
The film speaks of Second Generation boys; in this country there are currently around one million young foreigners, do you think Italy is ready to recognize them as new Italians or will they be considered immigrants for much longer?
"Italy must be ready, this is fundamental for the cultural renewal that must take place in the country and which we have been waiting for years. Second Generations can bring a breath of fresh air, not only from a cultural point of view, but also on the world view, because being from two cultures means having something more, not less. "
Would he have expected a room packed like tonight's for the presentation of his film?
"Well, I definitely play at home. We were hoping because we worked so hard to make sure that this preview went in the best way. We managed to fill the Puccini Theater here in Florence, but we hope to do the same in national cinemas when the film is released in April; it would be a very good result and a very good signal regarding the subject treated in the film ".
Do you expect any changes after the release of "Is it going to rain"? Or, as often happens in this country, are delicate arguments set aside?
"A few months ago I would have thought that this topic would have been shelved. Nowadays we no longer talk about immigration just to get a few votes here and there as it has always been done, instead we talk about Seconde Generazioni because we understand that it is a fundamental change for our society. I believe the film can contribute to this change ".
For years she has been the voice of Second Generation boys; Italy in your opinion is ready to recognize these young people as their future citizens?
"Italy is certainly not completely ready today, but it must find the strength to do it as soon as possible, because the reality of the new Italians is now so widespread in society that it is not acceptable to deny the problem and I sincerely believe we are at a good point compared to the past. Today we must absolutely do a reform of the law, so that we can unblock a series of discriminations in order to give the children of immigrants the possibility of finally being able to compete with their peers: this would also help many Italians to realize how much by now Italy has changed, seeing itself in front of a journalist, a lawyer, a doctor and many other professions that today are denied to the children of immigrants in particular ".
This film can be a starting point to reflect the society in which we live and the political class on the theme of Second Generations?
"The law is not enough, the film is fundamental. A cultural support will be needed, it is necessary to make people think through music, cinema, through art, to make Italy understand that the time has come to look inside and look to the future, to be on a par with reality normal in the rest of Europe and the United States. So the film can be a great stimulus to think about this new Italy ".
After the racial attacks he suffered in the various social network, feels stronger in the fight for G2 rights?
"Surely I feel much stronger, but at the same time also a bit disconsolate, because in all these years I didn't think we could even get to this malice and this hate expressed; I think it is a wake-up call that should make us think and make Italy think that to date has too often cataloged acts of racism and discrimination as simple acts of bullying. We need to be more stringent in the fight against discrimination and above all to have legislation that punishes those who do these acts to the fullest ".
During your election campaign, have you ever suffered racial attacks? Or this phenomenon appeared only on the Internet social network?
"There have been some episodes of hard comparisons, although I must admit that publicly," vis-à-vis ", there is not all this courage and therefore we tend to find arguments, we tend to protest in a generic way, not with 'is the possibility of a real comparison on the themes.
In my party there is more awareness than in the past and this means that the circle of those who support this battle is gradually expanding. It must not be just immigrants or children of immigrants to fight for these rights, but an ever wider range of Italians, and we hope it will be so also in the future Parliament ".