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Screening of Potentially Dangerous: When It Was a Crime to Be ItalianScreening of Potentially Dangerous: When It Was a Crime to Be Italian

Wednesday, November 15, 2023, 6pm
Potentially Dangerous: When It Was a Crime to Be Italian (2021), 50 minutes
Zach Baliva, dir.

Potentially Dangerous presents the history of Italian immigrants interned and persecuted as America’s “enemy aliens” during World War II. The US government restricted the actions and freedoms of 600,000 Italian residents of the United States, many of whom were placed under curfew, banned from their workplaces, evacuated from their homes and communities, and even placed in internment camps. Many of these people had been in the United States for decades, had children born in their adopted country, and had sons serving in the US military. Interned Italians were not charged with a crime or allowed legal representation. They were subjected to “loyalty hearings” and held for the duration of the war. The United States government considered them “potentially dangerous” based on where they had been born. Potentially Dangerous offers the people affected by these policies a chance to give voice to their experiences and those of their families.

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Screening: Bosnia ExpressScreening: Bosnia Express

Screening: Wednesday, December 14 at 6:30pm

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U.S. PREMIERE:
Bosnia Express
(Italy, 2022, Documentary, 70 min.)
In multiple languages with ENGLISH subtitles

Directed by
Massimo D’Orzi

With:
Clio Bosiglav, Eva Tomat, Amina Moćević, Amina Hodžić

Distributed by:
Istituto Luce Cinecittà

Followed by a Q&A with:
Director Massimo D’Orzi
Editor Paola Traverso
In conversation with journalist Luciana Capretti

A train passes slowly across the heart of Bosnia and Herzegovina: Sarajevo, Tuzla, Srebrenica, Konjic, Mostar. Women, religion, war, violence, and music are thrown on the screen like dice on a chessboard, or as Russian Roulette. Up for grabs is truth or lie, life or death. The camera explores what is behind the rediscovered order of things. How far can our gaze reach in order to know? A dance school, the hallways of the Islamic Pedagogy Faculty, a rock music classroom, the Medjugorjie hill… from all these places the characters carry out their research. How can we hold the executioners or the victims to account for that horror? War does not have a woman’s face. Nothing happened in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Nothing.

The Medici FoundationThe Medici Foundation

THE MEDICI FOUNDATION

The Medici Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit 501c (3) that promotes and provides opportunities in the arts.

The foundation has sponsored a number of initiatives including the Veteran Film Lab, Angelo Musco’s Illy Cafe Art Series, the Off-Broadway play entitled Bagabonds and the ongoing support of the New York City International Film Festival.

The Medici Foundation also led the initiative to preserve and protect Little Italy and Chinatown, two of New York City’s most beloved neighborhoods. Both have been recognized for their historic significance and have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Women in Italian Cinema: An Inclusive ProjectWomen in Italian Cinema: An Inclusive Project

WICIP, the first project for the international promotion of Italian cinema written, produced and directed by women, is officially launched. It includes the presentation of five films that are also available in versions accessible to the deaf and to the blind. WICIP was selected by the Italian Ministry of Culture as one of its Special Projects and has been conceived by Angela Prudenzi and Federico Spoletti. It is produced by L’Age d’Or in collaboration with Sub-ti Access. The project also promotes Italian women’s cinema in the academic world, with events aimed at students from various universities and film schools.

New York University’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, located at 24 West 12th Street, houses the Department of Italian Studies and hosts almost 100 events a year relating to Italian culture, from lectures to concerts, from round tables to film screenings.

New Perspectives on Italian American Studies: The GodfatherNew Perspectives on Italian American Studies: The Godfather

On the 50th anniversary of The Godfather, Fred Gardaphé, distinguished professor of English and Italian American Studies at Queens College, joined us at CUNY TV to discuss new perspectives on Italian American Studies.

Italics, Television for the Italian American Experience is a monthly presentation in the CUNY Presents timeslot that features prominent Italian Americans in the arts, business, government, sports, academia, and more. Each episode explores various aspects of the Italian diaspora, Italian-American history and traditions, contemporary Italian-American life, and takes a projected look at the future of the Italian-American community.

Italics is hosted by Anthony Julian Tamburri, Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute of Queens College/CUNY and Distinguished Professor of European Languages and Literatures. Italics is now in its third decade serving the Italian-American community and those interested in Italian-American history and culture. Italics is co-produced in collaboration with the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute.

Jhumpa Lahiri presents “Translating Myself and Others” with Jenny McPheeJhumpa Lahiri presents “Translating Myself and Others” with Jenny McPhee

Translating Myself and Others is a collection of candid and disarmingly personal essays by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jhumpa Lahiri, who reflects on her emerging identity as a translator as well as a writer in two languages.

New York University’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, located at 24 West 12th Street, houses the Department of Italian Studies and hosts almost 100 events a year relating to Italian culture, from lectures to concerts, from round tables to film screenings.

Laura Mattioli – Center for Italian Modern ArtLaura Mattioli – Center for Italian Modern Art

On this episode of Italics, we visit Laura Mattioli, founder and president of CIMA, the Center for Italian Modern Art. Since 1983, Mattioli has been the curator in charge of the art collection of her father, Gianni Mattioli. This collection is considered to be one of the most important assemblages of Italian avant-garde and modern art. Laura Mattioli talks about the importance of continuing her father’s legacy of sharing the human values expressed by art and of offering images of contemporary Italy to complement those of past eras.

Italics, Television for the Italian American Experience is a monthly presentation in the CUNY Presents timeslot that features prominent Italian Americans in the arts, business, government, sports, academia, and more. Each episode explores various aspects of the Italian diaspora, Italian-American history and traditions, contemporary Italian-American life, and takes a projected look at the future of the Italian-American community.

Italics is hosted by Anthony Julian Tamburri, Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute of Queens College/CUNY and Distinguished Professor of European Languages and Literatures. Italics is now in its third decade serving the Italian-American community and those interested in Italian-American history and culture. Italics is co-produced in collaboration with the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute.

IIHCM Special: Kossi Komla-Ebri | The Columbus AffairIIHCM Special: Kossi Komla-Ebri | The Columbus Affair

In this hour-long special episode, we have medical surgeon and author Kossi Komla-Ebri at the Calandra Institute and then Professor Anthony Tamburri will talk about Columbus, based on his book, The Columbus Affair: Imperatives for an Italian/American Agenda.

Italics, Television for the Italian American Experience is a monthly presentation in the CUNY Presents timeslot that features prominent Italian Americans in the arts, business, government, sports, academia, and more. Each episode explores various aspects of the Italian diaspora, Italian-American history and traditions, contemporary Italian-American life, and takes a projected look at the future of the Italian-American community.

Italics is hosted by Anthony Julian Tamburri, Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute of Queens College/CUNY and Distinguished Professor of European Languages and Literatures. Italics is now in its third decade serving the Italian-American community and those interested in Italian-American history and culture. Italics is co-produced in collaboration with the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute.