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Interweaving poetry, painting, photography, music and sculpture, this feature documentary is an innovative look at the lives and work of Canadian men and women artists of Italian origin. Broaching issues of identity and culture, the film explores the relationship between the immigrant experience and the creative process.

  • director
    David Mortin
    Patricia Fogliato
  • editing
    David Mortin
    Patricia Fogliato
  • producer
    David Mortin
    Patricia Fogliato
    Michael Allder
    Mikale-Andrée Joly
  • executive producer
    Niv Fichman
  • photography
    Rudolf Blahacek
  • sound
    Henry Embry
  • sound editing
    Alison Clark
  • re-recording
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
    Serge Boivin
  • animation
    Robert Mistysyn
  • music
    Ernie Tollar
  • participation
    Louis Quilico
    Nino Ricci
    Marco Micone
    Filippo Salvatore
    Antonio D'Alfonso
    Mary Di Michele
    Carmelo Arnoldin
    Vince Mancuso
    Gianna Patriarca
    Vincenzo Pietropaolo
    Maristella Roca
    Quartetto Gelato


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Ages 14 to 17

Arts Education - Art
Diversity - Identity
Health/Personal Development - Careers & Education

Define immigration /emigration. Review history of settlement and immigration patterns in Canada. How has this history shaped our culture? What was happening in countries where people were leaving to come here? What role does art play in forming identity? Discuss art as a means to communicate experience and give meaning to struggle. Study various artworks by immigrant Canadians to reinforce this theme.

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