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Stonebreakers: Documentary Screening and Q&A (Nov. 30, 2023)

Posted in: CHSS News, Homepage News and Events, Inserra

Image from the movie Stonebreakers with fireworks and a monument in the background

Q&A with Director Valerio Ciriaci and Cinematographer Isaak J. Liptzin, moderated by Teresa Fiore (Italian/WLC Dept., Inserra Chair) and Esperanza Brizuela-Garcia (History Dept.)

Thur. Nov. 30, 2023  6pm
Presentation Hall 1040 (School of Communication and Media)

Stonebreakers (2022) chronicles the conflicts around monuments that arose in the United States during the George Floyd protests and the 2020 presidential election. As statues of Columbus, Confederates and Founding Fathers fall from their pedestals, the nation’s triumphalist myths are called into question. By exploring the shifting landscapes of American monumentality, this film interrogates the link between history and political action in a nation that must confront its past now more urgently than ever.

Stonebreakers has been included in the official selection of several festivals in the U.S and Italy (IFF Boston, Nastri d’Argento) and has received a number of recognition: Winner of the Imperdibili Award, MYmovies.it Audience Award, Special Mention, and Best Italian documentary at the prestigious Festival dei Popoli in 2022, as well as Winner for Best Independent Production Documentary and Best Film Editing at the 2023 History Film Festival, Rijeka, Croatia.

Organized and sponsored by the Inserra Endowed Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies 
in collaboration with the Italian Program (World Languages and Cultures Department) and the History Department at Montclair State University.