Cinecittà. Cinema City. The film studio in Rome (Italy), founded in 1937 by fascist dictator Benit Mussolini (1883-1945), which after the Second World War served as a refugee camp (1945-1947) and where later on, director Federico Fellini (1920-1993) found a home to his films. In 2007, after a big fire, the Cinecittà went through hard times but resiliently, thanks to the Italian film international tax credit law, coupled with a partial acquisition by the state, it has recently welcomed Inferno (2016), Zoolander 2 (2016), 007: Spectre (2015) and Wonder Woman (2017). To honour the studios’ history, in 2014, thirty minutes away from the original studios, the polemic movie-themed amusement park, ‘Cinecittà World’, was inaugurated. Both ‘Cinecittà Studios’ and ‘Cinecittà World’ are owned by Italian Entertainment Group (IEG). Cinecittà’s ability to rebel and metamorphic seems to be endless. Being this a session about rebellion, this short film is a thematic introduction to the documentary that follows it, about Lutah Maria Riggs (1896-1984), the first licensed female architect in Santa Barbara (CA, USA), and the first woman in California to be named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Women’s access to (higher) education has been long and hard.
Does having a graduate degree, affect a woman’s ability to play her role as a wife and mother?
The question is still relevant today. However, having a higher degree was never equivalent to actually practise a profession, particularly in traditionally male dominated areas, like architecture. Riggs is an exception, having started and runned her own firm in the 1930s. Considering that up until today, architecture is still male dominated, this film is an invitation to rebellion.