At Fondazione Antonio Ratti (Como), Elizabeth Povinelli will show The Inheritance (80') on May 27th, at 6pm. It will be followed by a conversation with the director and Martina Angelotti (FAR).
The legacy of Elizabeth A. Povinelli was passed on not through blood or soil, but through a framed map of Trentino Alto Adige - the region from which her family came. Much more than a map hung above the family television, the image presented colors and lines that gave place to memories and values, nurturing the Povinelli's family and social relationships. In this animated film, the result of a graphic novel-memoir, Povinelli explores the events, traumas and powers that divide and define our individual and collective past and future. Weaving together the stories of his grandparents' escape from their Italian village in the early 20th century to find their fortune in Buffalo, New York as knife grinders and rereading his own Catholic childhood in a wooded area of decadent Louisiana in the 1960s and 1970s, Povinelli describes the systematic patterns of violence, dislocation, racism, and structural inequality that have shaped not only his own life, but American history.