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My Town: Mio Paese

Film by Katherine Gulla
Produced by Katherine Gulla
Cinematographer: Peter Sturken, Brian Dowley, Frank Lane
Sound: Vladimir Lozinski, Francis X. Coakley, Nancy Cohen, Margo Garrison, Dan Jones
Editing: Dan McCabe
Copyright: 1986, Katherine Gulla
26 minutes, Color
Original format: 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic, 1986
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Shot in Palermiti and the Boston area of Massachusetts, MY TOWN/MIO PAESE tells the story of immigrants and their paesani in the province of Calabria, Italy. Although these immigrants left their village for a better life, they brought strong family, religious and cultural traditions to their new home. On-location footage and personal interviews in Palermiti and in Massachusetts show the ties between the two groups of Palermitesi. Despite their success in America, many immigrants hope to return to Palermiti. In fact, some of the people in Italy have reverse-emigrated.

The documentary features La Festa della Madonna della Luce (the Feast of the Madonna of Light.) Palermitesi follow the saint in processions through the narrow, winding streets of Palermiti and the woods of Hingham followed by a day of celebration. A central theme of the film is the story of this patron saintís miracles as told by three generations of Italians and Italian-Americans. Scenes from the locations where the legends occurred illustrate this moving oral history.