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International Migrants Day: L’ordine delle cose


Special screening of the Italian drama L’ordine delle cose in honor of International Migrants Day. Afterwards there will be a discussion with the director Andrea Segre and journalist Linda Polman.

Screening of L’ordine delle cose | 19:00-21:00 | Room 3


Corrado Rinaldi, a senior official for the Italian Interior Ministry, is on a field assignment in Libya. During a night patrol in the desert he meets Swada, a young Somali woman who left her war-ravaged country in order to try and reach Europe. The conditions in which Swada and the other refugees are kept, and the discovery of a hidden body confirm what officials already suspected: those who run these hotspots are doing business with traffickers by supplying them with immigrants. Swada wants to escape this Libyan ‘hotspot’ and resume her journey to get to her husband that is already in Europe. Corrado gives her something to eat and drink and from that moment on their destinies are linked. Corrado clashes with the logic of local tribal powers and also with politicians upon his return to Italy. Above all, he must face his own conscience: will he respect his orders and the rule of law, or follow his human instinct and try helping someone in trouble?

L’ordine delle cose was awarded the Special Award for Human Rights at the 74th Venice International Film Festival in 2017.


Discussion | 21:15-22:00 | Das Kabinett


Afterwards, the audience is cordially invited to participate in a discussion on the dynamics of immigration control – in the light of the movie. Director Andrea Segre will ‘decodify’ the message of border control, looking at the human aspects of the migratory phenomenon. Also taking part in the discussion will be journalist Linda Polman, who has written several books about migration in relation to international politics. The screening of L’ordine delle cose is organised by Utrecht University to have a wider reflection on Europe and Migration, specifically on International Migrants Day.


This event is organized by the Utrecht University Platform on EU Politics and Policy (Institutions for Open Societies).

RegieAndrea Segre
CastPaolo Pierobon, Giuseppe Battiston, Fabrizio Ferracane
Release18 dec 2019
Speelduur112 minuten
Gesproken taalFrans,Arabisch,Italiaans
Ondertitelde taalEngels