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5.31.18 Screening of Mother-Tongue: Italian American Sons & Mothers documentary

Women’s Place, Borders and Intersecting Spaces in Italian Culture

Intersections 2018, Florence, Italy

An important historical document on motherhood[Mother-Tongue] gave us the opportunity to discuss the differences between Italian and Italian-American cultures, and the perception of Italianness.

Everybody agreed about one point: the movie shows a pattern, a specific idea of "Italian mother", all of the mothers in the film, in different ways, embody this prototype (the mother sacrificing everything for the family, the domestic space as motherly space, the protective mother, the "safe place" etc.)."

~Dr. Marianna Orsi, Indiana University Bloomington

8.7.17  The Italian Culture Club at Lake Ridge, Toms River, NJ

4.6.17  Italian American Cultural Society of New Jersey, Howell, NJ

11.12.16  NJ Italian Heritage Commission Congress, Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ

  1. 3.19.19  Italian American Cultural Society of Hunterdon County, NJ

  1. 11.1.18 Diaspore Italiane - Italy in Movement Calandra Institute CUNY, NYC    link  pdf

“Smart film! The conversations between Meucci and Garibaldi are, to be sure, the ‘voices' that everyone should ‘hear'. The Bongiornos have succeeded yet again, and we’re all the more fortunate for it!"

~Dr. Anthony Julian Tamburri

Dean, The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute

  1. 3.14.19  The Italian American Cultural Society of NJ

"The Italian American Cultural Society of NJ had Marylou & Jerome Bongiorno screen their short film HEARING VOICES at our last meeting in March 2019.  The film was very interesting and insightful about the friendship and time that Garibaldi and Meucci spent together in a home on Staten Island, NY in the late 19th century.  It was done as the two discussed the past and their accomplishments, philosophies and tribulations as ghosts in modern times.  It was very educational and culturally enriching and the IACS of NJ would highly recommend other Italian American organizations to present it to their memberships."

~The Italian American Cultural Society of NJ

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