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Barbed Wire and Mandolins

Barbed Wire and Mandolins

| 48 min

This documentary introduces us to Italian-Canadians whose lives were disrupted and uprooted by seclusion in internment camps during the Second World War. On June 10, 1940, Italy entered WWII.
 Overnight, the Canadian government came to see the country's 112,000 Italian-Canadians as a threat to its national security. The RCMP rounded up thousands of people it considered fascist sympathizers. Seven hundred of them were held for up to three years in internment camps, most of them at Petawawa, Ontario. None were ever charged with a criminal offence. Remarkably, the former internees are not bitter as they look back on the way their own country treated them.

  • director
    Nicola Zavaglia
  • producer
    Sam Grana
  • executive producer
    Don Haig
  • script
    Sam Grana
    Nicola Zavaglia
  • cinematography
    Serge Giguère
  • sound
    Marcel Fraser
  • editing
    Hannele Halm
  • sound editing
    Serge Fortin
    Nathalie Fleurant
  • mix
    Shelley Craig
    Geoffrey Mitchell
    Nathalie Fleurant
    Hannele Halm
  • narration
    Mark Trafford
  • music
    Logistica Atmospherica
  • participation
    Antonio Capobianco
    Andrea Cimichella
    Anita Cocomile
    Fernanda Colangelo
    Tony Danesi
    Benny Ferri
    Sina Ferri
    Osvaldo Giacomelli
    Attilio Girardi
    Dan Iannuzzi
    Mary Lou Melillo
    Domenico Nardoccio
    Eugene Pavan
    Dora Scozzafave
    Laura Pancaro
    Anna Dieni


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