“Spring” back into cinema at Casa Italia!
Casa Italia is launching the spring 2017 installment of its popular film series with renewed vigor. Titled “The Best of Both Worlds,” the series will alternate Italian cinema and American documentaries from March to June. Among them are several award-winning films.
“And They Came to Chicago: The Italian American Legacy”
Director Gia Amella will be on hand to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this sweeping documentary that explores the community’s many contributions to the Windy City from the 1850s to the present. Narrated by Tony Award winner Joe Mantegna, “And They Came to Chicago” begins right before the Civil War, when Italian entrepreneurs first built successful businesses in thriving enclaves around today’s Loop, and concludes in the decades following World War II, when Italian Americans entered the mainstream as the old Italian neighborhoods unravel. (In English)