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Italian American Community in Pictures: People and Places
November 20, 2007, Volume 54, No. 13

The Center for Italian Studies—together with The Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia; The Order of the Sons of Italy, Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania; The Cavalieri Society of Philadelphia and The Italian Cultural Institute of Washington DC—will host a local filmmakers event in its ongoing Identity at Large series.

This all-day event, The Italian American Community in Pictures: People and Places, will take place in Logan Hall, Room G-17 on Saturday, December 8 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Opening remarks will be made by Dr. Stefano Mistretta, Consul General of Italy in Philadelphia. The Italian Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Franco Danieli, visiting from Italy, will be honored, and a Keystone Address giving a brief history of Italian immigration by Dr. Richard Juliani, professor of sociology, Villanova, will precede the local filmmakers program.

The films will include Prisoners Among Us by Michael Di Lauro, about Italian-Americans rounded up during World War II; a narrative film, Tiramisu, with a surprise ending by Len Guercio that uses the South Philadelphia neighborhood as a backdrop; On Wine Making by Tony Morsella; The Feast of the Seven Fishes by Michael Di Lauro; The St. Nicholas Festival by Len Guercio; two short films, A Fig Tree in the Yard and Sneakers by Maria and Pete Fama, and A Tribute to Jerre Mangione by Tony Bruno, Linda Pizzi and Maria and Pete Fama.

There will also be a photography exhibit on the South Philadelphia neighborhood, featuring the work of Maria Petrone. A roundtable discussion with audience participation will follow, moderated by the event coordinator Diana Cavallo with some of the filmmaker participants. Admission is free. Please consult website for further information: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/italians/.

Almanac - November 20, 2007, Volume 54, No. 13