Italian Film and Director Michael DiLauro Coming to St Louis Feb 2nd and 3rd

Film: LaMia Strada

Ciao St Louis and Webster University invites you to the showing of  La Mia Strada –My Road, the poignant documentary by 5-time EMMY award-winning Director Michael Angelo DiLauro

Friday, February 2nd at 4:00 pm
Saturday, February 3rd at 6:00 pm

Tickets: Free

ISB Browning Hall
Room 160/Auditorium
470 E Lockwood Ave
Webster Groves MO 63119
Parking: Garden Ave Garage 

The Director Mr DiLauro will be at both showings to discuss the film and answer questions.

La Mia Strada (My Road) is a compelling exploration of ethnicity and culture, linking ancient and modern Italian life with its Italian-American counterpart. DiLauro uses the historic shepherd trails (tratturi) as both reality and metaphor for the transmission of culture and identity. We are invited along a journey of discovery, examining the ways in which family and tradition strive to maintain a fragile bond across generations and continents despite the demands of an ever-changing world.

Over a period of years, DiLauro immersed himself in the music, poetry, and oral histories of Abruzzo, Molise and Puglia, three regions of Italy connected by the path of the shepherd. He conducted dozens of oral histories, sifted through family photographs, explored historical sites, and sifted through archaeological artifacts, yielding a story linking both the ancient and contemporary history of families divided by an ocean, yet united by familial and ethnic bonds. DisCanto, an Italian folk music group produced the soundtrack for the documentary.

La Mia Strada was screened at the Palestrina Film Festival in Italy, Atlantic City Film Festival and was awarded a Silver Medal from the Media Communications Association-International Film Festival along with several cultural centers and universities throughout the United States. In November 2013 the documentary kicked off the Chicago Catholic Immigrant Conference and the “Faith in Film Series”, sponsored by Loyola University, Casa Italia and Italian Cultural Institute Chicago.

This is not DiLauro’s first foray into ethnic identity. A previous documentary, Prisoners Among Us: Italian American Identity and WWII was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the New York International Independent Film Festival. This was due in part, with the generous support of the da Vinci Society of Delaware, Order Sons of Italy in America, National Italian American Foundation, UNICO and the Pennsylvania Public Television Network.
A celebrated director and producer of documentaries, television programs, commercials, and corporate productions, Michael DiLauro has earned five regional Emmy’s, a Blue Ribbon at the American Film Festival, several ADDY awards and the Gabriel award for outstanding television programming.
Currently, DiLauro serves as the Director of the Academic Media Center and Associate Professor at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Donatella Versace says won’t be watching US TV series on brother’s murder

Italian fashion designer Donatella Versace arrives for the Franca Sozzani Award ceremony at the 74th Venice Film Festival in Venice September 1, 2017. — Reuters picItalian fashion designer Donatella Versace arrives for the Franca Sozzani Award ceremony at the 74th Venice Film Festival in Venice September 1, 2017. — Reuters picMILAN, Jan 11 — When a long-awaited US television series about the murder of Gianni Versace hits the small screen in a week’s time, one key character will not be watching — the fashion designer’s sister Donatella.

Now artistic director and vice-president of the Milan-based Versace fashion group, Donatella said in an interview published by Italian daily la Repubblica yesterday that the series and a book it draws on contain gossip and contradictions.

“I haven’t seen (the series) nor will I see it, because after all this time it still hurts to see Gianni represented untruthfully,” Donatella told the paper.

The nine-episode series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story stars Edgar Ramirez as Gianni, Spanish actress Penelope Cruz as his sister and Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin as Gianni’s boyfriend.

It was produced by 21st Century Fox and drew inspiration from Maureen Orth’s 1999 book Vulgar Favors. It will start broadcasting on January 17.

In a statement sent by the company, the Versace family said “in the attempt to create a sensational story, (the TV drama) presents gossip full of contradictions”.

“It saddens (us) to see that among all possible portraits of (Gianni’s) life and story, the producers chose to present the false and distorted version created by Maureen Orth,” it added.

The statement said Orth’s book was full of speculation, adding the author had never sought information directly from the family and did not have the knowledge to tell the story, including suppositions on Gianni’s medical conditions.

Donatella also said in the interview that among the mistakes in the book was the assertion that Gianni had been weak at the time of his murder because he had AIDS.

The family distanced itself from the series on Monday, saying it had not authorised it and was not involved. On Tuesday the producer defended the show, saying the family has been treated with respect in it. — Reuters

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