Translation by Laura Klinkon, Rochester, N.Y., USA

The Shameful Story

A film documentary


Between 1890 and 1920, more than five million individuals leave Italy for America. It is the first large migratory wave in Italian history, an enormous flux—the vast majority, men and women from Sicily.


They are farmers, day laborers, minor tradesmen, mechanics.... Labeled non-white in Ellis Island registers, they will be neither loved nor tolerated.

They will work for hunger wages, doing work that the other immigrants--Polish, Irish--don't care to do. Collecting garbage, cleaning sewers.., the more fortunate hired seasonally by textile companies, at building sites, or in Western railroad yards.


They are buttressing American progress. What they left behind.... Was it only hunger and misery? What they brought with them.... Only nostalgia?


How many stories are hidden in the great saga of Italian immigration during the first part of the twentieth century?

The Shameful Story

La Storia Vergognosa

A documentary movie about the Mass Migration to the Americas

in the early 1900s, told through a return journey of today







This project has been recognized A production

by Mibact Direzione Generale Cinema

(The Ministry of Cultural Heritage Activities and Tourism)

as a "film of cultural interest".


under the Patronage Embajada de Italia en Paraguay



with the Collaboration


with the Association








with the Adhesion Federazione Nazionale della Stampa Italiana




Special Thanks New York Women in Film & Television





with the Collaboration

(work in progress9

City of Castiglione Lendinara Comiso Alia Tenuita Diffusione Tessile srl

di Sicilia San Michele

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