Kif Tebbi

Kif Tebbi is a 1928 Italian silent war film directed by Mario Camerini. The film portrays the Italo-Turkish War. A young Italian-educated Libyan nobleman is summoned to fight for the Ottoman Empire when war breaks out in 1911, but eventually decides to change sides and support Italy.[1]

Kif Tebbi
Directed byMario Camerini
Written byLuciano Zuccoli (novel)
Luciano Doria
CinematographyFerdinando Martini
Distributed bySocietà Italiana Cines
Release date
  • December 1928 (1928-12)
Italian intertitles


The film promoted the Italian Fascist regime's imperial policies in Libya and in wider Africa. While privately funded (although the government supported its production) the film anticipated future collaborations between the film industry and the Italian state.[2]



  1. Del Boca p.182
  2. Ben-Ghiat p.75


  • Ben-Ghiat, Ruth. Fascist Modernities: Italy, 1922-1945. University of California Press, 2004.
  • Del Boca, Angelo. Mohamed Fekini and the Fight to Free Libya. Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

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