September 12, 2018

Are we going forwards or backwards?

Estelle Baronello, 19

The short I made was based on the theme of “Colour.” I was thinking of it in the literal sense and then I thought of my Nonna. She is funny, loud and surprisingly accepting, even though she is from a Catholic, Sicilian background. Young people like to blame the past on discrimination but lately I don’t know if we are making progress or dividing each other up more so. I wanted to capture her because she talks about being respected and working like a boss back in the 60’s. Also about how she wasn’t discriminated against even though she was an immigrant. She also does it in a light-hearted and fun way which I think changes up how we normally confront discrimination. The title is something that is very import to me – “Una Donna Non Una Nonna.” Translated, it means “A women not a grandmother.” I believe that when woman age and become grandmothers that’s all they are seen as, especially in film, so I wanted to acknowledge that. She is truly herself in this and I’m grateful she let me capture it.

The short is about my great Nonna’s experience of immigrating to Scotland in the 60s.

Update as of 14/02/19

Due to our country's recent political situation my Great Nonna is being forced to reapply to stay in the country. She was here before the EU was formed and now she is being treated like an outsider. She is not likely to get citizenship as she is not working because of her age. Her son (my Nonno) is currently a teacher who is also being forced to reapply to stay in the UK even though he has been here since he was 7 years old. Even if my Nonno is granted citizenship then he will be forced to move back to Italy to take care of his mother due to Italian elder care laws. Even with all of this going on they can't even reapply at the moment, because our government hasn't decided who gets to stay or not, but they have been warned that they will definitely need to reapply. Our family might be split apart for no fault of our own. I find that people who wanted Brexit wanted to stop illegal immigration. Well, at this moment in time, the government wants to get rid of law abiding immigrants who have been here for 53 years and who have Scottish children and Scottish/English grandchildren.

“Una Donna Non Una Nonna.” Translated, it means “A women not a grandmother.”, 2018