Inauguration of the “LIMES” Program at the Beddawi Refugee Camp – 29 June 2018


Last week saw the beginning of a new important activity by the Società Dante Alighieri Lebanon.

In collaboration with Terre Des Hommes Italia, the scouts of the Al Qadisyeh Group, and the support of the central branch of Società Dante Alighieri, on Monday 25 June the “LIMES” program began its activities. The aim of this program is to provide scholastic support to around 50 children from the Palestinian Refugee Camp of Beddawi. Through the teaching of Italian as a foreigner language and the provision of additional care and attention, “LIMES” has the objective to facilitate the improvement of the overall academic results of the children, while also spreading knowledge and awareness about Italy, its language and its culture.

On Friday 29 June the social centre of the scouts hosted the event of the official inauguration of the program. Authorities from the camp, representatives of Terre Des Hommes Italia and of Società Dante Alighieri Lebanon, children and parents all gathered to celebrate the launch of the program’s activities. Dr. Alessandro Masi, Secretary General of the Società Dante Alighieri, also attended the event as part of its visit to Lebanon.

We are happy to present to you a gallery of pictures from the event. More will be added in the forthcoming days.

The Italian Language and Culture at Peace’s service

The Italian Ministry of Defence and Società Dante Alighieri signed a new agreement aiming to deepen the cooperation between Italian Armed Forces and the Società in implementing joint initiatives both in national and international contexts. The objective is to widen the diffusion of Italian language and culture outside Italy through a more thorough cooperation between the two institutions. This will strengthen and facilitate the establishment of interpersonal and institutional relations between foreign and Italian actors, and it will also facilitate the certification of Italian as a foreign language.

During the announcement, the Minister of Defence Roberta Pinotti underlined how the Italian language and culture have been characterised by continuous exchanges with different people. This aspect plays a role in the positive results obtained by the interventions of the Italian Armed Forces in foreign contexts. This is due, added the Minister, by the specificity of the Italian language and its influence on the humanitarian approach implemented by the Italian Armed Forces in conflict resolution operations.

Andrea Riccardi, President of Società Dante Alighieri, confirmed what said by the Minister Pinotti, highlighting how “the 400-strong Dante Committees’ network in the world represents ideally a place for peace where it is possible to promote our country and our values”. This is what inspires the new collaboration with the Italian Armed Forces, the President concluded.

However, the collaboration between Società Dante Alighieri and the Italian Army is an already thriving reality. In particular, the Dante Committee in Tripoli (Lebanon) has been collaborating for a long time with the Italian forces involved in the UNIFIL mission in Southern Lebanon, providing language courses to Lebanese military forces cooperating with the UN-sponsored mission. The Dante Committee in Amman (Jordan) also launched various projects with the Jordan Army, while in Kosovo the Società Dante Alighieri contributed to the creation of an Italian library in the city of Peja, where another Italian contingent is present.

Watch the video of the announcement.

XXIV European Film Festival – Tripoli

Thursday 22 February 2018 marked the beginning of the XXIV European Film Festival with the screening in Tripoli of the Italian movie “Moglie e Marito” (Husband and Wife) at the Cinè Planéte.  During the following days up until the 24 February other movies were screened in different locations around Tripoli, including the Institut Français and the Safadi Cultural Center. The other movies screened were the French movie “Patients”, the German movie “At Eye Level”, and for the younger, the animated film “Long Way North”.

Here there are some pictures of the opening event.

The crowd assisting the opening screening at Cine Planéte.

Speech delivered by Mr. Jose Louis Vinuesa Santamaria, Head of Economy and Local Development Section at the EU Delegation in Lebanon.

The movie poster.

Snapshots from the movie “Husband and Wife”.

The crowd at the Safadi Center.

Souvenir pictures with the students of the Lebanese University.

XXIV European Film Festival – 22-24 February 2018

Thursday 22 February will mark the beginning of the 2018 edition of the European Film Festival in Tripoli, that will start with the screening of the Italian movie “Husband and Wife” at the Cinema Planéte, City Complex Tripoli. FREE ENTRANCE.

The 24rd European Film Festival is organised by the Delegation of the European Union in collaboration with the embassies and cultural institutes of the European Union Member States, under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture.


Moglie e marito / Husband and Wife – Italy
Thursday 22 February, 18h at Ciné Planète

Director : Simone Godano
Cast : Pierfrancesco Favino, Kasia Smutniak, Valerio Aprea, Gaetano Bruno, Paola Calliari, Francesca Agostini, Marta Gastini, Flavio Furno, Sebastian Dimulescu
Production : 2017
Running time : 100 min
Language : In Italian with English subtitles
Andrea and Sofia are married since ten years and are now on the verge of divorce. After a scientific experiment held by Andrea, however, their bodieshave irreversibly swapped, with no choice but to live each other’s.

Patients – France
Friday 23 February 18h at Ciné Planète

Director : Grand Corps Malade, Mehdi Idir
Cast : Pablo Pauly, Moussa Mansaly, Franck Falise, Nailia Harzoune, Soufiane Guerrab, Rabah Naït Oufella, Côme Levin, Dominique Blanc
Production : 2016
Running time : 112 min
Language : In French with English subtitles
Washing, dressing oneself, walking, playing basketball, this is what Ben can no longer do when he arrives in a physical therapy centre after a serious accident. His new friends are tetraplegics, paraplegics, or suffer from cranial trauma. Together they will learn to be patient. They will resist, boast, argue, and seduce each other, but above all, they will find enough energy to learn how to live again.

Auf Augenhöhe / At Eye Level – Germany
Saturday 24 February, 11h at the Institut français

Director: Evi Goldbrunner, Joachim Dollhopf
Cast: Jordan Prentice, Ella Frey, Luis Vorbach, Marco Licht
Production: 2016
Running time: 99 min
Language: In German with French subtitles
Eleven-year-old Michi lives in a children’s home. One day, he finds his real dad, Tom, who happens to be a dwarf. When the kids find out, Michi’s life becomes hell and he flees. With nowhere to go, he moves in with Tom, who is new to this fatherhood thing, while Michi tries to hide his embarrassment and shame from his fellow school kids. This forces Tom to confront his handicap head on. As time passes, they discover they have a lot in common until their relationship is again suddenly put to the hard test.

Long Way North – France
Saturday 24 February, 11h at Centre culturel Safadi

Director : Rémi Chayé
With the voices of : Christa Théret, Peter Hudson, Féodor Atkine
Production : 2015
Running time : 81 min
Danish – French Coproduction
Language : In French with English subtitles
1882, Saint Petersburg. Sasha, a young Russian artistocrat, has always been fascinated by the adventerous life of her grandfather Olukine. A renowned explorer, he designed a magnificent artic ship, the Davai, but he hasn’t returned from his last expedition to conquer the North Pole. Sasha decides to set out for the Great North to follow her grandfather’s trail in order to find the famous ship.

Event for the Week of the Italian Language in the World

Memorable Soundtracks of Italian Cinema – Concert

Under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic, the XVII edition of the Week of the Italian Language in the World has started today. This edition is titled “Italian at the cinema, Italian in the cinema”, and it will happen in Lebanon and worldwide starting from 16 october 2017.

To celebrate this occasion, the Italian Cultural Institute, Dante Alighieri and AZM Cultural Center are organising the concert “Memorable sountracks of the Italian Cinema”, performed by the duo Roberto Porroni (guitar) and Pier Filippo Barbano (flute). They will revisit the soundtracks of some of the most important masterpieces of Italian cinema. Join us Saturday 21 October at 18:30 at the AZM Cultural Center, Al Mina’. FREE ENTRANCE.

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  • – Cancion del amor dolido*
    – Cancion del fuego fatuo
    – El circulo magico
    – Danza del juego de amor
    – Asturiana
    – Polo
  • – Fantasia su “La gazza ladra” di Rossini
  • – Rondoncino
  • – For love one can die*
    – Love affair
    – Per le antiche scale
    – Nuovo Cinema Paradiso
  • ROTA
  • – La strada*
    – La dolce vita
    – Prove d’orchestra
    – 8 e ½
  • – Tango pour Claude*

*Transcriptions by Roberto Porroni

Film Competition “AS INSIDE A MIRROR – Italy Viewed From Outside Italy”

Just a few days are left to participate the Film Competition “AS INSIDE A MIRROR – Italy Viewed From Outside Italy” promoted by the Società Dante Alighieri in partnership with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

On the occasion of the 17th edition of the Week of Italian Language in the World,”As Inside a Mirror” gives young emerging filmmakers, aged between 18 and 26 years of all nationalities, the opportunity to express their idea of and their relationship with Italy. The deadline for submission is 15 September 2017.

The prizes include:

  • a trip to Rome for the first place,
  • a course of Italian language and culture in one of “Dante” 4 schools in Italy for the second,
  • and a series of theme publications for the third place.

There is also a Special Prize from Switzerland, to be assigned to the best film produced by residents in Switzerland, who will win an access pass to every film showing of the 2018 edition of Locarno Festival.

For conditions and rules please visit the Italian Embassy Website.

Buona fortuna a tutti!