Liquid Maternity in Italian Migration Cinema

  • Giovanna Faleschini Lerner
Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)


In this chapter, Faleschini Lerner considers the roles of migrant mothers in four Italian fiction films that make women key narrative players: Andrea Segre’s Io sono Li (2011), Federico Bondi’s Mar Nero (2008), Terraferma by Emanuele Crialese (2011), and Io, l’altro by Mohsen Melliti (2006). She argues that the mothers in these films share a liquid experience of maternity insofar as they are associated visually with water as a metaphor for the instability of migrant lives in the postmodern era.


Andrea Segre Federico Bondi Emanuele Crialese Mohsen Melliti Liquid motherhood Migrant motherhood 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Franklin & Marshall CollegeLancasterUSA

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