Italian American Cinema at
MSU

Thursday, February 22nd, 7:00 p.m., Brantl Lecture Hall in Dickson Hall. Film directors Cara De Vito and Kym Ragusa will present their documentary films entitled, respectively, Ama l'uomo tuo (Stand By Your Man) and Fuori/Outside. Both films provide a candid and in-depth look at the directors' Italian American roots and specifically, trace the stories of some of the remarkable women that kept their families, their futures, and their artistic visions intact and vibrant. These films, both in English, investigate issues such as gender and ethnicity with clarity, sensitivity, and great humanity.

De Vito earned two New York Emmy nominations (co-directed with Jeffrey Kleinman) for best documentary and outstanding individual craft for her film documentary What Could You Do With a Nickle?, the inspiring story of 200 African American and Hispanic women in the South Bronx who formed the first domestic workers' union. She received an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Craft for film editing.

Ragusa is a New York-based film- and videomaker, teacher, and curator. In 1999, she was the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Film. In-betweenness is a common theme in her films, videos, and writing: between cultures, communities, and generations, between home and exile, between family secrets and public declarations. The directors will engage in a question and answer session after the films, and the event is free and open to the general public. For more information about the directors, films and subsequent events, click on the Dept. of Spanish and Italian homepage or call 655-7950.