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Lights, Camera, Talk! Stories of Italian Immigration in the Bay Area



Lights, Camera, Talk! Stories of Italian Immigration in the Bay Area

Join us for the screening of the newly released documentary Italians By The Bay and the presentation of the recently published photo book La Valle del Silicio. Both projects feature interviews with Italian professionals living in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, and present an original snapshot of what it means to be an Italian immigrant in the Bay Area or an Italian professional abroad.

The film screening will be followed by a discussion (in English) on the recent wave of intellectual immigration with a panel with Alessandra Cassar, Professor of Economics, USF; Lucina Di Meco, Senior Gender Expert, Wilson Center; Elisabetta Ghisini, Professor of Practice, Hult International Business School; Salvatore Mandrà, Researcher, NASA; Serena Zanello, Architect. The panel is moderated by journalist Anna Volpicelli.

Dir. Annalisa Siagura, Italy, 2019, 23 min.

Italians By The Bay examines how the lives of immigrants have changed after leaving their homes in Italy and moving to the Bay Area. With the current events going on in Italy and Italian being the fastest-dying language in the United States, this documentary touches on the cultural dynamics, motivations, and difficulties of uprooting their lives to start anew. The rich history of Italian immigrants in the Bay Area is celebrated, as we explore their astonishing contributions to our current society.

The documentary will also be showcased at the World's Independent Film Festival in San Francisco in late September.

by Silvia Veronese. Photos by Flavia Loreto.

Silicon Valley reflects the American spirit of independence and entrepreneurship and rewards personal initiative. Among the diverse cultures and ethnic groups, there are the Italians, who are numerous and successful. They founded companies and are leading some of the most cutting-edge university research centers in the world, like Stanford and Berkeley. In a series of compelling interviews, they tells us how they are immensely grateful and proud to be Italian, and how they have never forgotten Italy and have never closed the door behind them.

Book published with the contribution of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy with the support of COMITES and the Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco.

Organized by COMITES, the Consulate General of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco.

Free Admission (Limited seating) | Event Sold Out

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Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Time: From 6:30 pm To 8:30 pm

Organized by : COMITES, Italian Consulate General, Italian Cultur

Entrance : Free


Italian Cultural Institute