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Gianfranco Norelli and Surma Kurien: “Pane Amaro”

April 15, 2011 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm  |  Cowell, Room 131


Italian Studies Program, Language Program, American Studies Program and History Department Present  a screening of the 2009  documentary film, 

Pane Amaro (Bitter Bread)

dir. Gianfranco Norelli 

Followed by a conversation with the director and co‐producer Suma Kurien

“The story of migration to the U.S. is a very complex one. “Feel good” narratives about immigrants catapulting from rags  to riches or moralizing tales of “pulling ourselves up by our own bootstraps” do not begin to capture that complexity. In Pane Amaro, viewers learn of events and people known until now mainly to scholars. This is a rich panorama of images and voices from every corner of the Italian American community. Accessible and challenging, it should be on the list of every ethnic studies course that wants to tackle the difficult process by which European immigrants became white as they became American.” 

Donna Gabaccia. Director, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota 

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April 15, 2011
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Cowell, Room 131
Cowell College 1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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