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Paesani: The Story of Italian Culture in America

Posted by WMHT Web Editor

Watch Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 2pm on WMHT TV.

The film chronicles the massive immigration of more than 4 million Italians to the United States between 1890 and 1930 and the enduring culture these people imbued into American society. Older generations have always passed down values, beliefs and traditions to help younger generations identify with their name and heritage. Yet, many people still don’t know who they are. “Paesani: Italian Culture in America” celebrates and preserves Italian heritage through a poignant blend of first-person storytelling, never-before-seen images and insightful humanist commentary. "The film blends archival imagery with eyewitness testimony to bring to life the stories and memories that Italian culture is based upon. If you're Italian, you'll likely see yourself in this film.” said Greg Matkosky, creative director for documentary films for WVIA. “If you're not Italian, you'll find echoes of your own ethnic upbringing and better understand how the Italian-American community has contributed to our quality of life."

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