Like a Man on the Earth (2008)

Sobre o filme

Giving voice to the Ethiopian refugees living in Rome, the film provides us with a direct insight into the brutal ways in which Libya, aided also by the Italian and European funds, is operating to control the immigration movements of people from Africa. Dag used to study Low in Addis Abeba in Ethiopia. Prompted by the strong political repression he had to face in Ethiopia, he decides to leave the country. In the winter of 2005 he embarks on a tough land journey, crossing the desert between Sudan and Libya. On his arrival in Libya, he is soon caught in a web of violence and criminal activities run by in the rackets controlling the routes to the Mediterranean Sea. He then goes from bed to worse, ending up in the hands of the Libyan police, responsible for a series of arrests and mass deportations. Surviving the ordeal he had to suffer in Libya, Dag eventually manages to cross the sea and reaches the Italian coastline. He then arrives in Rome, where he starts to attend an Italian course organised by the Asinitas Onlus, a first access centre point for African immigrants coordinated by Marco Carsetti and other volunteers. Here he attends an Italian language course and he is given the opportunity to learn basic film-making techniques. This experience inspires him to collect the memories of his fellow men who shared the same terrible experiences in Libya, in the attempt to break the silence and reveal what is happening in the country under the leader Gheddafi. Come un Uomo sulla Terra is a journey of pain and dignity, through which Dagmawi Yimer voices his memories of unthinkable human suffering to denounce what seems to be a desperate political situation. In this respect Italy and Europe share responsibilities for which they should be held accountable. The film is part of a project tilted The Archive of Refugees’ Memories that has been developed from 2006 by the Asinitas Onlus, centre for the education and care of refugees (, in collaboration with ZaLab (, a collective of film makers specialized in participatory video and social documentaries, and with the help of the organisation AAMOD : Archivio Audioviso Movimento Operaio e Democratico.

Título original: Come Un Uomo Sulla Terra

Ano: 2008

Duração: 68 minutos

País: Italy

Cor: color, digital


Roteiro: Riccardo Biadene, Andrea Segre e Dagmawi Yimer

Fotografia: Andrea Segre

Produtor: Marco Carsetti, Alessandro Triulzi, Andrea Segre

Música: Piccola Bottega e Baltazar