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  • October 16-November 7. The San Diego Italian Film Festival (SDIFF) has an ambitious goal: To make San Diego a high spot for Italian culture. They show great, award-winning, recent Italian movies, all with interesting stories of relationships, love, hate, work, food, identity, all the passions of life. Two of the SDIFF founders, Roberto Ruocco and Victor Laruccia, tell i-Italy how they started and where they are headed.
  • San Gennaro in Los Angeles
    Life & People
    Darrell Fusaro(October 04, 2009)
    Frankie Competelli, born on New York City’s renowned Mulberry Street in Little Italy, is one of those pioneers who helped bring the Feast of San Gennaro to L.A. While they were celebrating its 8th edition late last month, October was being proclaimed as Italian Heritage Month by the City of Los Angeles, the fifth metropolitan area in the US with the highest number of Italians. 
  • Life & People
    Letizia Airos(September 20, 2009)
    An informal meeting with Larry Guidi, the Italian-American mayor of Hawthorne, a city just outside of Los Angeles. “I am proud of my heritage. Everyone knows that I am an Italian mayor.”
  • Life & People
    Laura E. Ruberto(February 24, 2009)
    A little diddy about California’s role in the Italian American invention of an ice-resurfacing machine.
  • “I no need to come in America. That's my mother's, my father's fault.” -- Sam Rodia Sam Rodia is the son of Italian-American immigrants hailing from Serino, a small town in the province of Avellino, who reached Los Angeles at the end of the 1800s. After a failed marriage, a passionate love for the wine bottle, a job as a miner, and a harsh love-hate relationship with his adoptive country, Sam reinvents himself. After all this work, a fall from one of the towers, and two days of continuous sleep, Sam leaves everything behind and moves to his relatives’ house in nearby Martinez.