“Terraferma (2011)”


Filippo is well aware of the newlaw that prohibits any individual from saving illegal immigrants.When Filippo assists several illegal immigrants while with hisgrandfather, they are not aware of the law making such rescuesillegal. As a result, their fishing boat is taken away from them. Thefilm makes Filippo experience a crisis of conscience when he isunsure of what action to take in saving the immigrants. He knows thatsaving them is the right thing, but at the same time, he has tofollow the new law. Filippo directly experiences the gap amid man’shumane law as well as the law of sea. The crisis of consciencebecomes more apparent when he has to deal with guilt after he findshimself at night on a boat and at sea, and is almost reversed byshipwrecked individuals that are seeking assistance. Filippo isapprehensive of what will happen if he proceeds with saving theAfricans, owing to the previous experience with the grandfather, andproceeds to hit the Africans using an oar. At that instance, heresists human law to assist the drowning people and instead followsthe selfish law set to prevent any immigrants from getting to Italianbeaches.

A crisis of conscience refers to aperiod when an individual feels worried due to the thought they haveacted unethically. The transformation happens when Filippo throws anoar at the shipwrecked Africans and he finally sees the survivors onthe beach. It is revealed visually through the actions Filippo takesin ensuring the Africans do not reach the beach, yet he later feelsthat he should have saved them as a moral human being and laterassists one of the families due to guilt. The purpose is to depicthuman beings insensitivity towards other people. The audienceresponds to the choice made by Filippo by questioning their ownconscience. The audience places themselves in the same situation andponders on how they would have reacted.

“When You Are Born You Can NoLonger Hide (2005)”

Bruno and Lucia view migrants in aracist manner and hence view Alina and Radu in a prejudicial manner.On the contrary, Sandro is innocent to racism and has anon-ideological attitude towards Alina and Radu, which explains whyhe is able to befriend them. When Sandro is reunited to the parentsafter the rescue by Radu, it is apparent that Bruno and Lucia startto view immigrants in a different way. This highlights the widespreadview in people’s mind, where there is frequently a blurreddifferentiating line amid good and bad immigrants. Alina and Radu, inthis case are good because they rescue Sandro. However, it isapparent that though the migrants are accepted, it is not completely.People still have partial acceptance for migrants. When Radu stealsfrom Bruno and Lucia, they do not respond in a racist manner, ratherthey depict uneasiness and incomprehension. On the contrary, Sandrois just indifferent and does not seem to know how to react.

The response by Bruno and Lucia isboth justified as well as unjustified. It is justified because byRadu stealing from them, it questions their perception of if they arereally among the good immigrants. After saving Sandro, the parentsview them as among the good immigrants. Nevertheless, after the theftthey begin to think that though they seem as good people, they maynot really be good, which makes their response unjustified.

Works Cited

Crialese, Emanuele. Terraferma.Cattleya, 2011. Film.

Giordana, Marco T. OnceYou’re Born You Can No Longer Hide.Rai Cinema and Cattleya, 2005. Film.