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               with the Association

 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                                    Federazione Nazionale Stampa Italiana

with the Collaboration 



Special Tanks                                        New York Women in Film & Television, NY, USA                                                                                                           


with the Collaboration

(work in progress9

City of  Castiglione   Lendinara     Comiso       Alia      Tenuita            Diffusione Tessile srl

            di Sicilia                                                San Michele

Consulat General of Italy

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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