O BELGIO MIO
They arrived in Belgium at the star of the 50s. They were three of four years old : their fathers were minors, who were enlisted in the « Battle for Coal », declared by a country that had too few volunteers to take on the hell of the pits. Their childhood memories were marked by the fear of accidents and disasters. A man and a woman : Toni’s family came from Sicily, Serafina’s from Sardinia. Today they are no longer truly Italian, and yet not quite Belgian. Quite apart from nationalities, they are first and foremost , deeply attached to their adoptive region (the central area, Hainaut) despite its run-down economic state. New citizens with more than one facet to their identity, they tell their story of immigration and integration. She teaches history, he is a cultural activities organizer : they each in their own way keep alive an active memory, far removed from nostalgia.
Through archive material (which also sheds light on the « Italian » viewpoint on emigration), narrative passages, landscapes, moments taken from a community’s collective self-expression and, above all, trough the testimony of Serafina and Toni, this film attempts to show how keeping memory alive can also be a powerful means of confronting reality.
- Direction : Hugues Le Paige
- Script : Hugues Le Paige & Andrea Réa
- Image : Michel Boulogne
- Sound : Thierry Feret
- Editing : Anne de Jaer
- Mixing : Michel Hanquet
- Musc : Guy Dusart
- Production manager : Véronique Marit
- Associate producer : Luc Dardenne
- Production : Dérives
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