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?
(Memory isn't passive, it's an act of resistance)
This project has been recognized a production
with the association (work in progress)
City of Castiglione di Sicilia City of Lendinara
under the patronage
(work in progress)
with the collaboration
(work in progress9
© 2016 Factory Film srl registrazione Tribunale di Roma 05.05.2010 pi 10948541007 All rights Reserved
Il presente sito, comprensivo dei dati, testi, contenuti, veste grafica e disegni, è protetto dalle leggi e dai trattati internazionali sul Copyright, oltre che da altre leggi e trattati sulla proprietà intellettuale. È vietata la variazione, contraffazione o utilizzazione non autorizzata da tutti gli aventi diritto , in tutto o in parte, del materiale contenuto nel Sito.
disegned by red web press 2016