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Moveable Feast

Film by Beth Harrington
Produced by Beth Harrington with Nancy Moloney and Debra Granik
Cinematographer: Nancy Moloney, Beth Harrington, Debra Granik
Sound:
Editing: Debra Granik
Copyright: 1992, Beth Harrington
29 minutes, Color
Original format: 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic, 1993
Distributor: Other
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This documentary follows a group of Italian-Americans from Boston's North End to their ancestral hometown, Sciacca, Sicily, to participate in the Feast of the Madonna del Soccorso (also known and celebrated in Boston as the Fisherman's Feast).

The video examines issues of ethnicity, work, family, religion, and remembrance with affection and good humor. It contrasts the relatively small religious and cultural festival in Boston with the larger, older, more established ritual in Sicily, where statues of the Madonna are carried through the streets in devotion to the saint and as a way of honoring deceased family members.

Produced by Beth Harrington as a companion piece to her award-winning earlier documentary, Ave Maria: The Story of the Fisherman's Feast.

A compassionate treatment of a powerful subject. This compelling document of ritual and faith on two sides of the Atlantic treats the subject with great sensitivity and insight, revealing the strength of the celebrants' faith as well as the abiding ties between the two communities.
--- Peter Allen, Prof. of Anthropology, Rhode Island College

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