18 Ius Soli (The Right of Soil)
Oct 19, 2012
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street
18 Ius Soli (The Right of Soil) is a 2012 award-winning grassroots Italian documentary about the issue of citizenship for 1,000,000 kids born in Italy. This documentary examines the law that denies citizenship to young people born in Italy of immigrant parents because they have no Italian blood. It follows 18 stories of girls and boys born and raised in Italy whose parents are originally from African, Asian, and South American countries, but who moved to and have long lived in different areas of Italy. They are children of immigrants: they go to school in Italy, speak the language and dialects, have never even been to the countries that their parents are from, nor do they speak their parents' language. Yet they are not recognized as Italian citizens.