This article examines a series of educational films and documentaries
produced between 1948 and 1968 that document the activities of the Italian state.
These films, which record the dedicated and arduous work of the Italian government
and administration, had two functions. First, they informed students and the
general public about the democratic structures, institutions and aims of the new
republic, promoting a fresh and convincing vision of national identity. Second, they
served to obscure and rewrite the collective national memory of Fascism and Italian
involvement in the Second World War. These films thus reveal the fine line between
public information, political propaganda, and civic education.