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San Diego Italian Film Festival Presents 'Foreign At Home: Italian Expatriate Cinema'

Join us at the Central Public Library for the San Diego Italian Film Festival "Foreign At Home: Italian Expatriate Cinema."

A selection curated by Marco Bertozzi, Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV) & Pasquale Verdicchio, UC San Diego & SD Italian Film Festival

The films selected for this two day festival-within-a-festival are the fruit of a diversified migration and the evolution of a vibrant italic culture outside of Italy. Italian Cinema has long been one of the country’s exemplary exports. Famed film-makers built a reputation for the industry with consistent offerings of high quality and impact.

The directions in which Italian film moves today include the places that received a large portion of its migrated populations, both before and after the so-called economic boom of the 1960s. Bertozzi and Verdicchio have selected films by directors of Italian origins who live and work outside of Italy, and who have cast their gaze back on their country of origins in the hope that the returned gaze might offer up a different perspective on Italian society, the lives of those who once made the peninsula their home, and the directions that the country has taken in recent history.

Finally, this series hopes to initiate a dialogue that will expand to include other migrated realities present in southern California; a way to highlight similarities and underscore the diversity of migration experiences and the ways in which we choose to tell stories.

The films will be shown over two days, October 27th and 28th, at the new San Diego Central Library, and at the University of San Diego campus respectively. The films will be introduced and discussed by the Quebecois film maker Paul Tana, film-maker and professor Marco Bertozzi, and Prof. Pasquale Verdicchio. Both days will conclude with a roundtable discussion/question-answer period in which the public is invited to participate.

"Videocracy" - Erik Gandini (Sweden), 2009, 85 minutes
"L’argent Raconte’ Aux Enfants" - Claudio Pazienza (Belgium), 2002, 52 minutes
Armando E La Politica” - Chiara Malta (France) 2008, 73 minutes

Guest appearances part of the Anita Laing Memorial Documentary Project. Additional support from the Linnie Cooper Foundation.

$5 suggested donation

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Location: Central Public Library, 330 Park Blvd (at 11th Ave. & Park Blvd.) San Diego, CA Google Map

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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