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In the beautiful Recanati is located Emigration Museum's Marche

16 Dicembre 2020
In the beautiful Recanati is located Emigration Museum's Marche  Foto: Giovanna Musolino Giovanna Musolino
The MEMA is dedicated to the approximately 700,000 people from Marche who emigrated from their land between the end of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century

A steamer full of people slowly leaves the dock; the silence, almost unreal, is broken only by the cawing of the engines and the anchors set sail; the sudden whistle of the siren seems to bring the passengers and those who remained on the dock back to reality: with bewilderment, perhaps, they are realizing that that ship is snatching them from their country, towards a promised land, which will give that well-being and dignity always coveted and perpetually denied. This is one of the opening scenes of Nuovomondo, the beautiful film by Emanuele Crialese (2006). 
After a journey, which is very similar to crossing the Acheron of Dante, the arrival in the United States and the clash with the harsh reality of Ellis Island. The Mancuso family and the other unfortunate people who have just landed are subjected to continuous questions, coercive physical checks, demeaning tests that should evaluate their intelligence, because, one of the inspectors will say: "It has been scientifically proven that the lack of intelligence is hereditary and, of consequently, contagious. We don't want our citizens to mix with less intelligent people!"
 The dream of changing life will fail miserably here: judged not sufficiently "intelligent", he will be repatriated.

A story that incredibly resembles many others of yesterday, today. Hunger, misery, exploitation, the desire for a better life, the need to guarantee a future for loved ones.

There is a museum in the enchanting Recanati, which tells about this: it is the Mema, the Museum of migration in Marche Region. A traditional and, at the same time, innovative exhibition space. Inaugurated in 2013, it is dedicated to the approximately 700,000 people from the Marche region who, between the end of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century, had to leave their land for foreign and often inhospitable lands.
A place of memory, where scraps of past lives are collected: poor furnishings, tools used by a predominantly peasant society, photos, letters. One of the corners with the strongest emotional impact is dedicated to a train on which images flow: some actors impersonate migrants and tell their story made up of tribulations, humiliations, failures, sometimes redemption. Narratives of ancient but current vicissitudes. Familiar memories resurface: different place, different period, but extraordinarily similar events. The hostility towards the newcomer, the fear that he has come to defraud, the belief that nothing good can come of it. Stereotypes and behaviors that repeat themselves as in a continuous historical course and appeal. Stereotypes and behaviors born of a rampant and artfully manipulated fear.

Stereotypes and behaviors against which culture has always fought. A fight that can be conveyed through a film, a poem, a photo, a painting or it can take the form of a heavy post-punk song, with all the enthusiasm, anger and devastating sound power that the English Idles instill in their music. Danny Nedelko is the title of a song from 2018 and also the name of a friend of the band members. Danny is an immigrant musician of Ukrainian origin.

My blood brother is an immigrant
A beautiful immigrant
 He's made of bones, he's made of blood
He's made of flesh, he's made of love
He's made of you, he's made of me
Unity
Fear leads to panic, panic leads to pain
Pain leads to anger, anger leads to hate

A text of disarming simplicity, because strong messages do not need too many turns of words. A sense of brotherhood far from being a trivially good-natured concept, made up of volatile emotion to be exhibited at Christmas and on holidays.
A solidarity that is also the focal point of the first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, whose anniversary has just been celebrated. “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and must act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood"


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