Vivo per questo/This is What I Live For: A Conversation with Amir Issaa
November 13, 2019
6:00 pm-8:00 pm
UMass Amherst Campus
Amir Issaa is an Italian rapper and writer whose work focuses on questions of immigration, racism and the relationship between Italy and Africa. He is one of the most influential hip hop artists in Italy and is renowned for his work on the soundtrack for the award-winning film Scialla!, which won him a nomination for the David di Donatello prize in 2012. His most recent work, an autobiographical novel entitled “Vivo per questo” (“This is what I live for”), is an account of his upbringing in the Torpignattara neighborhood in Rome as a son of an Egyptian father and Italian mother, reflecting on issues from racism, prejudice and stereotypes, Ius Soli and the power of language. Amir has long been an activist and ambassador for immigrant rights, particularly with regards to citizenship for children of immigrants in Italy. His work speaks not
only to current events in Italy, but also to global issues regarding race, migration, and politics.
Free and open to the public