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Italians in America: Recent Documentaries and Photographs Conference Kicks Off Montclair State's Inserra Chair Program for Spring
15 Jan 2016 by Robert Oppedisano


At Italians in America: Recent Documentaries and Photographs, join documentary filmmakers John Maggio and Cristian Piazza and filmmaker-photographer Michele Petruzziello for a round table discussion of issues related to past and present Italian immigration to the United States. As a country of historical emigration from which young people are currently leaving once again to find opportunities abroad, Italy constitutes a unique lab to discuss issues of mobility and relocation.

New documentaries and photographic works capture the tension between outbound and inbound flows as well as the reverberations of the past onto the present. Blending a desire for documentation and a search for a dynamic aesthetic expression, these documentaries and photographs are both personal and collective. They speak eloquently to migration in the U.S. as well as global migrations. The panel will also include the screening of excerpts from the speakers' works and a photo exhibition: Good Bye My Love by Michele Petruzziello. 

Introductory remarks: Dr. Teresa Fiore (Inserra Chair, MSU)

John Maggio (Executive Producer, Producer/Director, Writer at Ark Media): "Filming and Producing The Italian Americans for PBS" 
Cristian Piazza (Filmmaker): "The Making of WAITING: Stories from Recent Italian Immigrants" 
Michele Petruzziello (Filmmaker/Photographer): "The Past in the Present: Photographs of Recent Italian Immigrants"

The program is spearheaded and sponsored by The Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies (Department of Spanish and Italian) at Montclair State University with the co-sponsorship of UNICO National.

Italians in America: Recent Documentaries and Photographs
Monday, February 8, 2016 - 6.45-8.45pm
University Hall 7th Floor Conference Center

RSVP required by Thur. Feb. 4, 2016

To register for the conference and for a complete details and a listing of  Spring 2016 Inserra Chair events at Montclair State:


Photo: Michele Petruzziello