DiMMi 2018

THE NEW EDITION OF THE DiMMi – migrant multimedia diaries – competition is in progress

The third edition of DiMMi is in progress, a competition reserved for unpublished life stories of men and women of all ages, of foreign origin and who live or have lived in Italy and the Republic of San Marino.

The competition, which has reached its third edition this year, closed on 15 June 2018. The award ceremony will take place in September.

When it was born in 2012, no one imagined that the initiative would be so successful and reach such important numbers. Thanks to the first two editions of the competition (2014 and 2017), 136 unpublished stories were collected and deposited at the Archivio Diaristico Nazionale di Pieve Santo Stefano, transmitted by authors from 32 different countries around the world, distributed on four continents: Afghanistan, Albania, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Congo, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Philippines, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Liberia, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Santo Domingo, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Ukraine, Venezuela, Yemen.

The rules of the competition

Few basic rules: the competition is open to the testimonies of citizens of foreign origin who live or have lived in Italy and the Republic of San Marino. The competition will be open to written stories and those that will use photographs, images, e-mails, letters and drawings, postcards, videos or music. The stories must be unpublished and strictly autobiographical, i.e. they must refer to themselves. The original form of the narrative and the authenticity of the language must be maintained. Fictional works will not be accepted, but true stories that have their own existence as their theme. Narrations written in non-Italian languages are allowed to take part in the competition. In this case, the original story must be delivered with an attached translation into Italian and any other material that allows you to assess the authenticity. It is recommended to preserve the authentic form, will not be given weight to any linguistic and grammatical uncertainties. The competition is divided into three “categories”: men, women and young people up to 21 years of age. Each category will have a winner. The winners will be awarded with the publication of the work by a national publisher. The announcement of the winning works will be given on the occasion of the 34th Pieve Saverio Tutino Prize which will take place in Pieve Santo Stefano, Arezzo, in September 2018.

Mission, objectives and Scientific Commettee

The DiMMi project was born in 2012 thanks to the support of the Region of Tuscany with the aim of raising awareness and involving citizens on issues of peace, memory and intercultural dialogue, and to create a special fund of migrant diaries at the National Diary Archive of Pieve Santo Stefano.

There are three specific objectives that DiMMi aims to achieve. To promote dialogue between citizens of different origins through the narration of their life experiences; to promote and strengthen a fund of collection and storage of diaries of first and second generation immigrants; to promote the construction of a collective memory that takes into account the different backgrounds of citizens and towns.

The Scientific Committee of the DiMMi project is formed by the representatives of the following organizations: Archive of migrant memories, National diary archive, Arci, Associazione Fratelli dell’Uomo, Casto, Centro di ricerca sull’emigrazione – Museo dell’Emigrante Università della Repubblica di San Marino, Circolo Gianni Bosio, Comitato 3 Ottobre, Comune di Pontassieve, Comune di San Giovanni Valdarno, Oxfam Italia Intercultura, Rete italiana di cultura popolare, Senegal Solidarietà, Unione dei Comuni della Valdera, Un Ponte Per…

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