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Italian Studies Program, Historical Studies Program, Film and Electronic Arts Program, and Division of Languages and Literature present

Former Economist Editor Bill Emmott Presents His New Documentary, Girlfriend in a Coma

Thursday, October 17, 2013

[Former Economist Editor Bill Emmott Presents His New Documentary, Girlfriend in a Coma]
In this film Bill Emmott teams with Filmmaker Annalisa Piras to explore Italy’s political, economic and social decline over the past 20 years, the product of a moral collapse unmatched anywhere else in the West. Emmott’s quest to understand both “Mala Italia” and “Buona Italia” includes Interviews with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, philosopher and novelist Umberto Eco, film director Nanni Moretti, women’s rights activist Lorella Zanardo, FIAT’s outspoken Canadian-Italian CEO Sergio Marchionne, the author of Gomorrah Roberto Saviano and many others.

Bill Emmott is an international journalist and consultant, having been editor-in-chief of The Economist from 1993-2006. The author of a dozen books, most of them about Japan and Asia, his latest book was Good Italy, Bad Italy: Why Italy must Conquer its Demons to Face the Future (Yale University Press 2012). His documentary Girlfriend in a Coma has been seen by more than two million people. Bill is also chairman of the trustees of the London Library, a trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and a member of the Swiss Re Chairman’s Advisory Panel. With Annalisa Piras, he is now working on a new documentary about the threats to the European Dream, and has co-founded The Wake Up Foundation, dedicated to research and communication about the decline of the West.

For more information, call 845-758-7150, or e-mail jluzzi@bard.edu.

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Location: Jim Ottaway Jr. Film Center