The Fascist Empire: From War to Film

Massimo Sani


When from Eritrea and Somalia, Fascist Italy invaded the thousand year old Ethiopian Empire- ruled by Emperor Haile Selassie- I was a child, a six year old child. It was on October 1935. As a second grade pupil of the elementary school, I remember the heavy propaganda with which the Fascist school authorities subjected us in order to persuade us that what Mussolini had decided to conquer was certainly an advantage for Italy and that, in any case, Italy was committed to follow in the tracks of the ancient Romans, to restore the old Roman Empire all around the Mediterranean Sea and into Africa.

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