Wednesday, November 5, 2014   |   7:00 pm


Italian Immigrants in California

  • Director: Gianfranco Norelli & Suma Kurien
  • Cast: Donna R. Gabaccia (Historian, University of Minnesota), Paola Sensi-Isolani (Anthropologist, St. Mary's College of California), Carol Lynn McKibben (Historian, Stanford University), Lawrence DiStasi (Editor, "Una Storia Segreta")
  • Year: 2014
  • Duration: 80'
  • Tickets: On Location
  • Cost: Free admission
Italians first came to California in large numbers with the Gold Rush. While most found little gold, they did find a “mother lode” in farming, fishing, commerce or making wine.
“Finding the Mother Lode” documents the experience of Italian immigrants in California, markedly different from that of their compatriots elsewhere in the US.  Through stories set in seven Italian communities throughout California, the film examines how economic and social mobility became possible for many Italians in the Golden State.  The film also explores how immigrant identity is maintained and transformed as immigrants become assimilated into mainstream America.
The current film is a follow-up to the filmmakers’ critically acclaimed “Pane Amaro/Bitter Bread” (2009) on the Italian immigration to the East Coast. “Finding the Mother Lode” too is based on extensive research and weaves together oral histories by community members with scholarly analyses which provide the larger historical context.
The event is hosted by University of San Diego and takes place in the Warren Auditorium, in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall.
Here is the info for complimentary visitor parking.
For more information about the movie, you can visit the official website.
This excellent film fills a real gap in our understanding of the complexity of the Italian immigration experience… It is a must see!
– Carol Lynn McKibben, Stanford University
University of San Diego Warren Auditorium

University of San Diego Warren Auditorium
5998 Alcalá Park San Diego, CA 92110
T: 619.260.4538

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