Med: RAI chief wants TV series to build shared identity

Immigration and women are issues to work on, says Tarantola

29 November, 20:52

    A stills from a Rai fiction series A stills from a Rai fiction series

    (ANSAmed) - ROME - The head of Italian state broadcaster RAI, Anna Maria Tarantola, said Friday that fictional television series could help build a shared Mediterranean identity. The sociopolitical use of television was the topic of her speech during an event on 'Italian and French media in the Mediterranean' at Rome's Accademia dei Lincei, organized by the Italiques association. Tarantola said that fiction series ''have an intrinsic social, cultural and political value, in the sense of 'polis'.

    The Mediterranean is a super-polis held together by the sea: this is what RAI strongly believes. This is why we have set in motion initiatives such as two fiction series, one of which will be on a marriage between an Italian woman and a North African man and another on the separation and reuniting of families. In the latter, an Italian lawyer meets a child who has fled Syria and who eventually gets reunited with his refugee parents in Germany.'' There are an abundance of issues connected with the Mediterranean sea to choose from. ''Fiction series should work on issues like the women of the Mediterranean, a potential driving force for true change in the region, and immigration, a complex, multifaceted issue that is a reality experienced by 232 million people in the world - this is how many migrants there are. Europe is not the only port of arrival, and is instead an area of origin for 25% of those emigrating to other parts of the world.'' To tell of migrations means going beyond simply news reports, ''beyond the boats arriving on Lampedusa''.

    ''There is the need to convey the human drama of these people and these families, the pain for their loved ones who go missing, the difficulties in the reception facilities.'' This is something, she said, ''all the European Union's public broadcasters should work together on. Only in this way can we foster knowledge and reduce the fear.'' (ANSAmed).

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