On the occasion of Starring Europe: New Films from the EU, Rossella Schillaci’s “Ghetto PSA” will be premiering in LA with the support of the Consulate General of Italy, and the Italian Cultural Institute.
This May, the Italian American Museum will present “ITALIANITÀ: Italian Diaspora Artists Examine Identity.” Artists include Joseph Stella, Ralph Fasanella, Italo Scanga, Leo Politi, Paolo Soleri, and Luigia Martelloni, to name a few.
The artist tells a story of loss with his collection of photographs entitled, “Migration.” We had the chance to meet with him on the occasion of the exhibition curated by Carol Borelli, on display at NYU’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò.
World-famous Italian chef Lidia Bastianich has a story that transcends the culinary industry. Lidia was born following the conclusion of World War II, a time when European countries were still settling border disputes. As a young girl, she grew up among three different cultures, each with a profound influence on her. Today, as a professional, Lidia’s childhood experiences and her family ties continue to prove monumental in her continued success.
The recent surge in mass immigration has dominated the news—its trials challenging the moral compass of the developed world. Cinema has begun to respond by broadcasting the poetic and often urgent stories of these migrants. Italian Director Gianfranco Rosi's documentary "Fire at Sea" (2017 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature) and Italian-Moroccan director Adil Azzab's "My Name Is Adil" paint a complex portrait of the emotional realities behind the headlines.
For Venetian Prefect Carlo Boffi, "Migration is the problem of problems for Italy and the EU -- an extremely complex problem of Biblical dimensions." Nevertheless it is heartening to see that kind hearts can still prevail.
The Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) presents two activist authors who are also co-founders of the Vito Marcantonio Forum, Gil Fagiani and Stephen Siciliano on Saturday, May 9 at Cornelia St. Café, Greenwich Village. Open Mic followed by features.