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The Calandra Institute's "Documented Italians" Film and Video Series
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When: Monday, February 22, 2016
6:00 PM
Where: John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, City University of New York
25 West 43rd Street
17th floor
New York City, New York  10036
United States
Contact: John D. Calandra Italian American Institute

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The following is the first of two screenings to be shown as part of the John D. Calandra Italian Amerian Institute's "Documented Italians" Film and Video Series:

Screening of Il Ballo dei Giganti di Nola (2015), 90 min.
Antonio Iorio, dir.

For centuries the Feast of the Gigli has been celebrated in Nola, near Naples, every June in honor of Saint Paulinus. The feast features the "dancing" of the multistoried gigli towers, which represent lilies and are lifted and carried by "crews" of local men. Each year hundreds of Nolani migrants and their families return for the occasion. Antonio Iorio's film (in Italian with English subtitles) accompanies the Fraulillo family who visit from Northern Italy, where they live, to take part in the beloved feast. Their story is the framework for the film's exploration of the self-discovery echoed in long-held sentiments by the participants of the annual giglio feast in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Post-screening discussion with the director led by Joseph Sciorra, Calandra Institute, Queens College, CUNY.

This event is free, open to the public, and held at the Calandra Institute.
RSVP by calling (212) 642-2094.

John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
Queens College, CUNY
25 West 43rd Street, 17th floor
New York, NY 10036

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