CSU, Chico News

Award-Winning Film Director to Screen and Discuss ‘Pane Amaro’

Date: 04-12-2011

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Franca Cavallaro
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
530 898-4063

Gianfranco Norelli, born in Rome and a resident of the United States since 1979, will visit Chico on April 20 and show his documentary, “Pane Amaro,” which translates as “Bitter Bread”. Co-producer and writer Suma Kurien will accompany him.

‘Pane Amaro’ will be shown on Wednesday, April 20, at 5:30 p.m. in Glenn 212 on the California State University, Chico campus. A discussion with Norelli and Kurien will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

The 2009 feature-length documentary, directed and produced by Gianfranco Norelli, has been called the first comprehensive depiction of the early Italian American experience. The result of four years of research in the United States and Italy, the film tracks the social, economic and political transformation of Italians from immigrant victims of violence and prejudice to prominent members of American society.

In the last 30 years, Gianfranco has produced a wide range of award-winning documentaries for American and European television networks, including PBS, BBC, HBO, National Geographic and RAI-Italian National Television. His films have focused on social and cultural issues such as environmental pollution in Russia, euthanasia, the experience of immigrants in the United States and violence against women on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Among his many awards are the Golden Eagle Award, Cine International Film Festival, Washington D.C., 2002; a Bronze Award at the Columbus International Film Festival, 2000; the Golden Eagle award, Cine International Film Festival, Washington D.C., 1994; Honorable Mention at the Margaret Mead Film Festival, New York City, 1994; and Honorable Mention, Dance on Camera Festival, New York City, 1994.

Professor Fulvio Orsitto, director of Italian and Italian-American Studies, invited Norelli and Kurien. Their visit is sponsored by the Multicultural Affairs Council, CSU, Chico, and co-sponsored by the Sons of Italy, Chico Lodge and by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.